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“Have been coming down every week for years” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre

Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in Toronto on the edge of Lake Ontario for over 30 years, the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre has become one of the most popular urban paddling Centres in North America for Group Kayaking, Big Voyageur Canoe, and Standup Paddleboard (SUP). Our Lakeside Office is open daily from Victoria Day Weekend through to September. We're located directly south of the Rogers Centre and walking distance from the CN Tower, Toronto Convention Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, Admiral Radisson Hotel, Harbourfront Centre and many excellent Waterfront Restaurants. In-season, we offer: Instruction for Beginner to Intermediate in Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard Voyageur Canoe Sunset and Weekend Tours (no experience required) Tandem Kayak Tours (no experience required) Paddleboard Intro (no experience required) Kayak and SUP Evening Social Paddles Corporate Team-Building Programs In-Pool Kayak Instruction Rental Hours beginning Victoria Day Weekend-September End (On-line Reservations recommended, some experience required) Mon-Fri from 12noon-8:00pm Sat-Sun from 10:00am-5:00pm Having the scenic 13 Toronto Islands only a 30-minute paddle away, we are your source for relaxation, to learn new skills and to increase your health and well-being.
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“Have been coming down every week for years”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

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.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank ShifraToronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Outstanding SUP”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Visitor or resident of Toronto, hit this place up for stand up boarding.. I recently went for lesson and rental time and this place is so nice..good location and uber easy to use. The staff is so nice, professional and very helpful!! Alex was my instructor, and he had amazing tips.. the ride over to the island where our lesson was- amazing and looking back at the city skyline and paddling was an extrodinary experience..the staff is really knowledable and helpful and really this is something folks should do. Really you have no idea how beautiful Toronto looks from across the harbour and the water (in September) was still pretty warm.. you can go into the lagoon and it is like you are some place out in the country but really you are just a second away from the bustling metropolis of downtown Toronto.. I have to say the view when you paddle out of the lagoon and are staring at the skydome and the CNtower is breath taking.. and its just so nice to be out on the water with really great folks who make sure you are safe and have such a great adventure on the water!! This is a great way to excercise and enjoy the city and you can set your own pace. I am going to try some of their kyaking because the staff were just so great.. :)

Visited September 2012
Thank scr8on
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“Birthday kayaking fun with friends!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

We were a group of 8 (4 couples) who decided to kayak to the Toronto islands for a day of fun. Reservations were made. Most of us were in tandem kayaks and some were in solo kayaks. The staff were very thorough and made sure we knew everything we needed to enjoy our day on the water. We were very well taken care of. We had the kayaks from 12 noon to 5 pm. We'll definitely be back for more kayaking.

Visited June 2012
Thank tmbailey
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