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Address: 283 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1A2, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 416-203-2277
12:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Located in Toronto on the edge of Lake Ontario for over 30 years, the...

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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We hired a tandem kayak for two hours. It was the best two hours of our holiday. We dodged the white buoys (fines zones) and aimed straight for the islands. We had hope to hire... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

My friend and I came here on a lovely Sunday afternoon very excited to kayak around lake Ontario. I've kayaked a couple times before and it would have been my friends first kayaking experience, so needless to say, we were both looking forward to this day. We had made reservations for the 2 person Tandem kayak which was noted on... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We hired a tandem kayak for two hours. It was the best two hours of our holiday. We dodged the white buoys (fines zones) and aimed straight for the islands. We had hope to hire the kayak on the island but it was closed the day we visited. Friendly helpful staff and such an exclusive way to explore Toronto. And... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

The people manning this centre are really open hearted, generous and know their stuff. Loved everything about my experience with them. It's wonderful to know the history (away from the cruise ships), do some exercise as well as get to see the islands' unreachable by foot places and the swamps!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

My friend was visiting from New York city and he is an outdoors enthusiast. We pre-booked the tandem kayaks 3 days in advance because they tend to book up fast in the summer. The price for 2 hrs on the water with views of the city and islands is hard to beat! The Kayak centre is very well organized and... More 

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Burlington, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This company is great! As an experienced canoe paddler, they are safety conscious and had me do a test paddle of their slip area to get comfortable with abilities. Laminated map to help navigate through the islands, warned of dangerous areas to avoid, checked for sunscreen & bottled water on a hot day. I was surprised there was no tow... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Good & friendly service, easy access to the water. We were able to rent sup boards quickly and be out in the water within 10 minutes. It was a beautiful experience to sup on the lake and see the skyscrapers and downtown Toronto area in the background. Would definitely recommend if you have the time to do sup or kayak.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Our kids gave us the day to kayak as a gift for our anniversary. Our day was windless and overcast so the paddle across Lake Ontario to the islands was beautiful. Watching the airplanes come in to land right over our head was quite the experience. Loved the "seal" launch to get out in the open water from the dock... More 

Thank Patricia D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

This is the best place I have ever seen to store your canoe or kayak and it is run by the nicest people you could ever meet. Dave is one gentleman. Great learning classes as well as great socials. A great place to spend the summer for City dwellers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

I took a weekend course and it was a great experience. Our instructor, Michael, was wonderful - patient, supportive, and very informative. Everyone else, from the office staff to the dock crew, were friendly and helpful. Paddling around the islands was a unique experience and although I've visited before, it was a totally different perspective. I would definitely recommend Harbourfront... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

Firstly, the office aren't helpful at all and seem as though they have no idea what they're doing BUT, smile and carry on, the dock side guys are relaxed and trust you, if you're experienced they won't question it, if not, they'll be happy to help. You're allowed paddle across the harbour (or you may take a shuttle boat if... More 

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