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Miriam
Seattle

Toronto, Canada, Ontario (Canada)

Best places to kayak or canoe in southern Ontario?

I'll be visiting Toronto and I'd like to go kayaking or canoeing while I'm up there.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to what cities or rivers and lakes that I should look into around there?  Even better if you have any recommendations for specific companies as we'll have to rent gear.  Thanks!


6 Answers

top answer by
Robyn from Toronto

The Beaches are great. Check out Ashbridge's Bay Park. Depending on the day the water can be a bit choppy there. The water in and around the islands are great as well and usually sheltered and calm. The best canoeing has to be in Algonquin Park. The provincial park is around 3 hours north of Toronto and you can rent canoes fromThe Portage Store


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answered by
Glen from Toronto

I haven't done it myself, but I've heard from friends about the great kayak/canoe tours around and through Toronto Islands.  It's actually pretty calm around there and really relaxing.  If you are looking for a driving trip, there are great attractions a few hours north of Toronto near Barrie.


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answered first by
Tanya from Ottawa

Grand River in Brantford or Hamilton Harbour but both are pretty calm waters, not quite bustling rapids. Maybe around Toronto Island. Toronto 


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answered by
Kate from Toronto

Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre rents all the necessary equipment to paddle out to the Toronto Islands. You could also paddle the The Humber River. Enjoy! 


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answered by
Krishnateja

If you go to Harbourfront Centre, you should see a company there that rents out kayaks and canoes for about $80 / day.  Its fun to kayak all the way to Toronto Islands


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answered by
Cassie from Toronto

There are lots of lakes and rivers in southern ontario to kayak and canoe through. As for Toronto itself, the only area to do it really is at the Harbourfront, which is right in downtown. You can rent kayaks and/or canoes for the day, and then paddle over to the  Toronto Islands and through the lagoons, which is Toronto's best kept secret. For some exploration via paddle boat outside the core of the city, I would reccomend Toronto Adventures (http://torontoadventures.ca/) which do day excursions and provide the kayaks and canoes. Hope this helps!


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