Stay cool this summer with water activities in Toronto, from sunset paddleboarding and sailing to glow-in-the-dark kayaking.
When the summer season hits, Torontonians come out to play. And when the temperatures get hotter and hotter, we’re taking advantage of being situated on Lake Ontario. There are many fun water activities to enjoy, which also provides some relief from the summer heat, typically feeling 5-10 degrees cooler on the water than being in the heart of the city. So, try something different this year and maybe even get a little active with one of these five ways to get out on the water in Toronto this summer.
Yoga SUP with Oceah Oceah
Take your workouts to the water with stand-up paddleboarding yoga by Oceah Oceah. This Indigenous-owned company is operated by sisters Jenifer, Sharon and Lana whose mission is to connect people of all nations with and to water.
Their SUP yoga sessions are offered from both Budapest Park in Toronto and Bluffer’s Park in Scarborough and can accommodate up to six participants. Boards are included but you’re welcome to bring your own if you have one.
Classes run 75 minutes and you’ll be taken through a series of sequences, which change from week to week. SUP yoga is an excellent way to strengthen your core muscles, improve balance, and best of all, change up your usual workout routine.
Cruise Toronto’s inner harbour on a powerboat
Looking for a little more horsepower with your water activities? Rent a mini powerboat from the Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating. Their Paradise F13 and Lund Fury powerboats don’t require any boating experience, you’ll just need to be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. They can seat one to five adults and are rented out by the hour. Staff will expertly guide you in the operations and safety of the boat and before you know it, you’ll be cruising the inner harbour and Toronto islands at your own pace.
Tall Ship Cruise on the Kajama
If sitting back and letting someone else do all the work is more your style, then hop on board the Kajama and take a tall ship cruise. This traditional 165-ft, three-mast Schooner is an iconic sight to see sailing around the shores of Toronto in the summer.
Departing from the waters by Harbourfront Centre, this 90-minute tour cruises around the Toronto Islands and Lake Ontario. You’ll learn about the history of the boat (which has been sailing since 1930!), have the chance to help them raise the sails and witness the firing of a cannon (live out your pirate dreams!). There’s also a full menu and licensed bar onboard for purchase so you can enjoy some food and drinks during your sail. The Kajama sails multiple times a day and makes for a fun and relaxing way to be out on the water.
Sunset paddle with Toronto Island SUP
Fun on the water isn’t just relegated to daytime hours. Join a sunset paddleboarding tour with Toronto Island SUP and watch the sunset over the Toronto skyline from the most unique angle—the water.
These two-hour tours depart from Ward’s Island and will provide you with lifejackets, paddleboards and LED-illuminated oars. Beginner paddleboarders are welcome, the only requirements for participation are the ability to swim short distances and tread water even without a lifejacket on.
Your tour will take you along a leisurely pace, past island homes and houseboats, and out to the Toronto Harbour to watch the sunset over the city. After a brief stop for photo opportunities and maybe even a quick swim, you’ll slowly make your way back through the island waterways, including Turtle Alley which will have you weaving your way around sunken logs and fallen trees, and Snug Harbour where the city’s night lights will be on full display.
Toronto Island SUP offers their sunset paddle tours through to Labour Day weekend and start times change as the sun sets earlier each week.
Glow-in-the-dark kayaks with Toronto Kayaks
Glow-in-the-dark kayaks. Need I say more? New this summer from Toronto Kayaks is the chance to hit up the waterways in a glow-in-the-dark, translucent, Bluetooth-compatible kayak. Each kayak is illuminated with LED lighting and comes in single or double seats.
The launch site is located at the South Kingsway boat launch just behind the Petro-Canada gas station. From here you can explore the Humber River or make your way down past the Humber Bay Arch Bridge and out into Lake Ontario. Bookings have been filling up fast for this bright take on kayaking and with the built-in Bluetooth speakers, it’s sure to be lit.
Looking for more ways to get out and explore the city this summer? Check out our summer guide to Toronto.