I cannot wait for wetsuit season to be over and the official kayaking season to begin.
I discovered Dave and this group several years ago when my husband died suddenly and I found myself without a paddling partner.
I originally got hooked on the social paddles and last year progressed to a few intermediate paddles, which were quite awesome.
The group is wonderful--one sees many of the same faces each season.
Forty or fifty kayaks and a stray canoe or two head out in a pack for the Toronto Islands around six or six thirty pm depending upon the time of year, past the sailboats and ferries.
They paddle around the islands for an hour or so.
Some stop for a while in the bird sanctuary and some head off for maneuvers through branch choked narrow passages.
The scenery is stunning. There are herons and night herons, cormorans and other birds and we once spotted a mink.
Returning to the Harbourfront as the sun is ducking behind the clouds, sun magically glinting on the water, and the purple lights blinking on to illuminate the Rogers Center is magical.
The equipment is top of the line.
There is generally a barbecue after the social paddles where everyone winds down.
The center also has group and individual rentals and offers lessons.
TIP--buy a book of tickets for the season and get coupons for reduced parking at the lot across the street. Bring suntan lotion and plenty to drink.
I generally drive down early, to avoid rush hour, and pack a picnic to enjoy at the waters edge before the group gets started.
There are bathrooms--the center could seriously use some changing rooms.
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