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Toronto Boat Cruises, Water Taxis, Rentals + more!

Get out on the open water by kayak, ferry over to the Island, or tour Lake Ontario on Toronto boat cruises! There are a ton of different boating adventures to go on #AtTheWaterfront, and we’ve done our best to list the various ways to get out on Toronto’s waterfront here!

Boats typically operate during the warmer months – usually between May and October, but it is best to check with the operator. Tickets for boat excursions and rentals tend to book up quickly, especially on weekends, so we encourage you to call the operators ahead to book your excursion.

You can find convenient parking lot locations on our parking webpage, or access these boats by rideshare, TTC, GO Transit, foot, or by bike.

Below is a list of all the various water taxi, boat rental, tour and Toronto boat cruises companies and marinas that serve the public along the waterfront, with their respective boat locations marked on the map below.

    1. Water Taxis and Ferries to Toronto Island
    2. Canoe, Kayak and Pedal Boat Rentals
    3. Sailboat, Powerboat, and Bareboat Rentals
    4. Cruises of Toronto’s Waterfront and the Islands
    5. Marinas, Yacht Clubs, and Sailing Clubs

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WATER TAXIS AND FERRIES TO TORONTO ISLAND

Water taxis are a super convenient way to get to the Toronto Islands. They can drop you off at one of three drop-off points: Wards Island, Centre Island, or Hanlan’s Point. Each water taxi company docks at an independent spot along the mainland and can take you to all three docks on the Toronto Islands. Most companies also provide quick return taxi service from the islands. For your visit to the island, we recommend reviewing this Toronto Island Pad Map for information about what to do during your visit.


Toronto Island Ferries – City of Toronto

Offerings: Ferry Service to the Toronto Islands
Location: 9 Queens Quay W, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (Bay St. at Queens Quay W – Harbour Square Park) (see map)
Phone Number: (416) 392-8193
Website: www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/toronto-island-park
Boats: Trillium Ferry, Thomas Rennie Ferry, William Inglis Ferry, Ongiara Ferry


Aquabus by Harbour Tours Toronto

Offerings:  Water Taxi Service to the Toronto Islands.
Location: 145 Queens Quay West, – located at the south end of the York Street Slip, near Beaver Tails restaurant. (see map)
Phone Number: (416) 203-6994
Website: www.harbourtourstoronto.ca 
Booking needed: no


Pirate Taxi – Harbourfront Centre Location

Offerings:  Water Taxi Service to the Toronto Islands
Location: 235 Queens Quay West, located along the south dockwall at the Harbourfront Centre campus. (see map)
Phone Number: (416) 838-8294
Website:  www.piratetaxi.ca
Booking needed: No


Pirate Taxi – HTO Park West Location

Offerings: Water Taxi Service to the Toronto Islands
Location: 375 Queens Quay W, located at HTO Park West, on the west side of the Peter Street Slip. (see map)
Phone Number: (416) 838-8294
Website:  www.piratetaxi.ca
Booking needed: no


T DOT Water Taxi

Offerings: Water Taxi Service to the Toronto Islands
Location: 1 Queens Quay East, – Located at the North East corner of the Yonge Street Slip, near the 7 Queens Quay E parking lot. (see map)
Phone Number: (647) 370-8368
Website: www.tdotwater.taxi
Booking needed: no


Tiki Taxi

Offerings:  Water Taxi Service to the Toronto Islands
Location: 437 Queens Quay West, located along the west side of the Spadina Street Slip, near the Spadina Wave Deck and Toronto Music Garden. (see map)
Phone Number: (647) 347-8454
Website:  www.tikitaxi.ca
Booking needed: no


Toronto Harbour Water Taxi

Offerings:  Water Taxi Service to the Toronto Islands
Location: 207 Queens Quay West, located at the south end of the York Street Slip, near Beaver Tails restaurant. (see map)
Phone Number: (416) 203-8294
Website:  www.torontoharbourwatertaxi.com
Booking needed: no

CANOE, KAYAK, AND PEDAL BOAT RENTALS

Get close to the water with a canoe, kayak, or pedal boat rental. Paddle around the inner harbour, or explore the channels, lagoons, and beaches of the Toronto Islands. Paddlers should be aware of the various safety requirements required to be safe on the Inner Harbour as instructed by the rental company.


Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre

Offerings: Canoe Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals
Location: 283 Queens Quay West, – Located at John Quay, near the intersection of Rees Street, Robertson Cres, and Queens Quay W. (see map)
Phone Number: (416) 203-2277
Website: www.paddletoronto.com
Booking needed: Yes


The Boat House, Toronto Islands – City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation

Offerings: Canoe Rentals, Pedal Boat Rentals, Kayak Rentals.
Location: 9 Avenue of the Island, located on Centre Island, along the Cibola Ave Walkway east of Avenue of the Islands, along the lagoon. (see map)
Website: www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/toronto-island-park
Booking needed: First-come-first-serve


Toronto Island SUP

Offerings: Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard Camps, and more. (see map)
Location: – Located on Wards Island, west of the Riviera Restaurant and the bridge to Algonquin Island.
Website: www.torontoislandsup.com 
Booking needed: Pre-bookings prioritized

SAILBOAT, POWERBOAT, AND BAREBOAT RENTALS

Learn to sail, or have an experienced captain take you around the inner harbour in style with a sailboat, powerboat, yacht bareboat rentals or charter. Training is available to operate a vessel safely and confidently, which is a great way to get into boating. Charters with skilled captains and their crew are also available for guided excursions from some providers.


Gone Sailing Adventures

Offerings: Daily Shared and Private Yacht Charters (1-18 Guests), Sailing Lessons, Special event Cruises, Fractional Sailing Club.
Location: 415 Queens Quay West, located on the east side of Spadina Street Slip, near the Spadina Wave Deck.  (see map)
Boats: 5 Sailboats 22′-42′, 4 Motor Boats 35′-77′
Phone Number: (416) 240-0202
Website: www.gonesailingadventures.com
Booking needed: Yes


Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating

Offerings: Sailboat, Powerboat, and Yacht rentals for those with appropriate boating credentials and experience. Small powerboats rentals that do not require boaters’ licenses.
Location: 283 Queens Quay West, located at John Quay, near the intersection of Rees Street, Robertson Cres, and Queens Quay W.  (see map)
Phone Number: (416) 203-3000
Website: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/program/sailing-and-powerboating
Booking needed: yes


 

TORONTO BOAT CRUISES OF THE
WATERFRONT AND THE ISLANDS

Cruising Toronto Harbour is a scenic and tranquil way to enjoy the waterfront with people you care about. Toronto Boat cruises are operated by professional captains and crew who are trained and licenced as per Transport Canada regulations on certified vessels that carry the appropriate commercial insurance policies to ensure a safe and fun voyage. The companies below offer various different excursions, from public brunch cruises to private events such as office cruises and weddings. While some companies sell tickets for public events and dining cruises at nearby kiosks or boat-side, we recommend booking them in advance online or by phone.


City Cruises by Hornblower

Offerings: Dining Cruises, Sightseeing Tours, Private Charters
Location: 207 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Oriole, Northern Spirit, Rosemary, Toronto Odyssey, Toronto Elite, Showboat
Phone Number: (416) 203-0178
Website: www.cityexperiences.com/toronto/city-cruises
Booking needed: yes


City Sightseeing Toronto

Offerings: Sightseeing Tours, City Hop-on Hop-off bus tours.
Location: 235 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Serendipity Princess
Phone Number: (416) 410-0536
Website: www.citysightseeingtoronto.com
Booking needed: yes


City View Cruise

Offerings: Sightseeing Tours
Location: 235 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Ste. Marie
Phone Number: (416) 837-2725
Website: www.cityviewcruise.com
Booking needed: yes


Empire Sandy

Offerings: Private Charters, Dinner Cruises
Location: 441 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Empire Sandy
Phone Number: (416) 364-3244
Website: www.empiresandy.com
Booking needed: yes


Empress of Canada

Offerings: Private Charters
Location: 145 Queens Quay West & 20 Polson Street.(see map for docking locations).
Boats: Empress of Canada, Black Rock Yacht
Phone Number: (416) 260-5665
Website: www.empressofcanada.com
Booking needed: yes


Enterprise 2000 – Olympia Cruise Line

Offerings: Private Charters
Location: 176 Cherry Street (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Enterprise 2000
Phone Number: (416) 507-1173
Website: 
www.torontocruises.com
Booking needed:
yes


EscapeTO Charters

Offerings: Private Charters
Location: 539 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: EscapeTo
Phone Number: (416) 999-1138
Website: www.escapetocharters.com
Booking needed: yes


Great Lakes Schooner Company

Offerings: Dining Cruises, Tall Ship Cruises, Private Charters
Location: 235 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Challenge, Kajama, Obsession III
Phone Number: (416) 260-6355
Website: www.greatlakesschooner.com
Booking needed: yes


Island Princess

Offerings: Dining Cruises, Public Events, Private Charters
Location: 375 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Island Princess
Phone Number: (416) 999-1138
Website: Visit on Facebook
Booking needed: yes


Jubilee Queen Cruises

Offerings: Dining Cruises, Private Charters
Location: 539 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Jubilee Queen
Phone Number: (416) 203-7245
Website: www.jubileequeencruises.ca
Booking needed: yes


Pioneer Cruises

Offerings: Public Events, Private Charters
Location: 333 Lake Shore Blvd East (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Pioneer Queen, Pioneer Princess, Pioneer Aurora Borealis, Pioneer Jaguar II
Phone Number: (416) 391-1888
Website: www.pioneercruises.com
Booking needed: yes


Pirate Life Theatre

Offerings: Children’s Theatre Cruises
Location: 585 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Phone Number: (416) 476-3836
Website: www.piratelife.ca
Booking needed: yes


River Gambler

Offerings: Public Events, Private Charters
Location: 333 Lake Shore Blvd East (see map for docking locations).
Boats: River Gambler
Phone Number: (416) 364-6999
Website: www.rivergambler.ca
Booking needed: yes


Tiki Tours by Tikitaxi

Offerings: Sightseeing Tours, Private Charters
Location: 1 Queens Quay East (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Tiki Taxis, Rainboat
Phone Number: (647) 347-8454
Website: www.tikitaxi.ca 
Booking needed: Recommended


Toronto Harbour Tours inc.

Offerings: Sightseeing Tours, Private Charters
Location: 145 Queens Quay West (see map for docking locations).
Boats: New Beginnings, Shipsands
Phone Number: (416) 203-6994
Website: www.harbourtourstoronto.ca
Booking needed: yes


Yankee Lady Yacht Charters

Offerings: Dining Cruises, Private Charters
Location: 539 Queens Quay West & 259 Queens Quay West. (see map for docking locations).
Boats: Yankee Lady III, Yankee Lady IV
Phone Number: (416) 868-0000
Website: www.yankeelady.ca
Booking needed: yes


MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, AND SAILING CLUBS
ON THE WATERFRONT AND TORONTO ISLANDS

There is a rich and historical culture of boating around the Inner Harbour and Lake Ontario, and with that, there are a number of marinas, yacht clubs, and sailing clubs where people can dock and service their boats. Many of these marinas offer spaces for visiting boats by reservation or through reciprocal agreements.


Alexandra Yacht Club

Location: 2 Stadium Rd.
Phone Number:
(416) 260-8690

Website: www.ayc.ca
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
Reciprocal Yacht Clubs
Services: Pump-Outs Available to Members & Reciprocal Visitors


Blind Sailing Canada

Location: 539 Queens Quay W.
Phone Number:
(416) 214-0358
Email: info@blindsailing.ca
Website: www.blindsailing.ca


Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario

Location: 283 Queens Quay W.
Phone Number:
(416) 214-0358
Email: info@disabledsailingontario.com
Website: www.disabledsailingontario.com


Harbourfront Centre – Marina Four

Location: 245 Queens Quay W
Phone Number:
 (416) 203-2620
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68

Email: marinafour@harbourfrontcentre.com
Website:
www.harbourfrontcentre.com/program/marinas

Visiting Boat Docking: By Reservation
Services: Pump-Outs Available


Harbourfront Centre – Marina Quay West

Location: 539 Queens Quay W
Phone Number:
(416) 203-1212
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68

Email: marinaquaywest@harbourfrontcentre.com
Website:
www.harbourfrontcentre.com/program/marinas

Visiting Boat Docking: By Reservation
Services: Pump-Outs Available


Island Yacht Club

Location: Muggs Island (Toronto Islands)
Phone Number:
(416) 203-2582
Website:
www.iyc.ca
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
By Reservation
Services: Pump-Outs Available to Members & Reciprocal Visitors


National Yacht Club

Location: 1 Stadium Rd.
Phone Number:
(416) 260-8686

Website: www.thenyc.com
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
Reciprocal Yacht Clubs
Services: Pump-Outs Available to Members & Reciprocal Visitors


Ontario Place Marina

Location: 995 Lake Shore Blvd W.
Phone Number:
(416) 314-9858
Website:
www.ontarioplace.com/en/marina
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
By Reservation
Services: Fuel Docks and Pump-Outs Available


Outer Harbour Marina – Ports Toronto

Location: 475 Unwin Avenue
Phone Number:
(416) 778-6245
Website:
www.portstoronto.com/marina
Marine Radio
VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
By Reservation
Services: 
Fuel Dock and Pump-Outs Available


Queen City Yacht Club

Location: 2 Seneca Ave (Toronto Islands)
Phone Number:
(416) 203-0929
Website:
www.qcyc.ca
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
Reciprocal Yacht Clubs


Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Location: 2 Chippewa Ave (Toronto Islands)
Phone Number:
(416) 967-7245
Website:
www.rcyc.ca
Marine Radio:
VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
Reciprocal Yacht Clubs
Services: Fuel Dock and Pump-Outs Available to Members & Reciprocal Visitors


Toronto Island Marina and Yacht Club

Location: 1 Avenue of the Island
Phone Number:
(416) 203-1055
Website:
www.torontoislandmarina.com

Marine Radio: VHF Channel 68
Visiting Boat Docking:
By Reservation
Services: Fuel Dock and Pump-Outs Available


We hope this information is helpful, if you notice any missing or incorrect information on this page, please let us know by emailing us at info@waterfrontbia.com