Take your family on a high-seas adventure for the afternoon! Rent one of the many ship-shape vessels available at Jenacks Canvas Works in Massena.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When Captain Andy boarded his first ship at age 17, he had no time for sightseeing—the young merchant marine was too busy hauling iron ore, road salt, and coal to factories along the banks of the Great Lakes. Maybe that's why Captain Andy now takes such delight in whizzing past idyllic islands at 45 mph in the newest addition to his fleet, a Wildcat catamaran. Though an adrenalin rush accounts for some of the Wildcat's appeal, Captain Andy is most pleased that the boat's speeds can help him expose passengers to even more island attractions during his informative and entertaining tours.
A native Ontarian, Captain Andy touts the Brockville waterfront as one of the most accessible and diverse in the world, and happily points out his favourite waterfront parks for picnicking and fishing during his trips. In the same vein, his cruising company offers seven diverse tours that incorporate adventure, theatre performances, and local sightseeing to help riders experience all the wonders of the area by water. The seasoned sailor also recognizes the advantage of helming his smaller ships; their compact size not only ensures more intimate tours and more time with passengers, but allows them to duck into the region's narrow channels where larger boats and determined icebergs can't follow.
Ever wanted to experience the relaxing life of a boater? Now you can with Van's Motor Marine in Alexandria Bay.
Sure you could eat at home, but you'll want to take advantage of this center's restaurant for high-class food.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this center.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Signature service: Sail training for adults and adolescents
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Pro Tip: Just relax and be ready to find out how much fun sailing can be.
Q&A with the Owner
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
All of our sail-training staff—including the director of operations—are experienced sailors. Along with a passion for sailing, they are nationally certified and can provide training for Sail Canada certification.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
No prior sailing experience is required. Just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to learn all that the sailing lifestyle has to offer.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
My passion for sailing started when my parents enrolled me in sailing camp at age nine. After being involved with all aspects of sailing for twenty years, both on the race course and exploring different sailing destinations, I decided to turn my passion for sailing into a business. Now I help others discover how much fun sailing can be.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Sailing isn't just for the rich and famous. In fact, the vast majority of sailors lie on the other side of the spectrum. Sailing can complement any budget, and you can even enjoy it without owning your own boat. Also, there aren't many activities that you can pursue from age 5 to 80—but sailing is one of them. It's also an activity that you can share with friends and family while making memories to last a lifetime. That's why many sailors say that "a bad day on the water sailing still beats a good day at the office."
As a young man, Bytown Brigantine founder Simon Fuller stood next to the out-of-service, dual-masted, 87' brigantine Black Jack and dreamt of adventure under sail. Eventually refitting the vessel into active duty, he gathered a crew of young folks and successfully set sail. Since 1983, Bytown Brigantine has been a non-profit organization dedicated to providing young people with the same sense of adventure Simon felt then, while giving them a chance to develop confidence, self-reliance, and leadership through sail training.
The fleet also boasts a 2nd brigantine, the 100' Fair Jeanne, and both ships host a variety of programs for young and old, including 1-day sailing quests, island adventure camps, and even an epic, 6-day voyage for adults.
Whether it involves wind, water, or snow, the folks at Surf Side help their clients get the best of their favorite outdoor sport. Outfitting for wake-boarding, windsurfing, snowboarding, and more year-round, the shop stocks an inventory that ranges from heavy-duty winter gear to life jackets and those hard-to-find vacation wear. They also provide repairs for gear, including snowboards, stand-up paddleboards, and skis.