Top Toronto Waterfront Activities

June 25, 2014 — 1 minute read

Toronto has plenty to offer in terms of its waterfront and many beaches – despite the city’s waters being too frigid to swim in at times, there are still a myriad of fun things to do on the water. Cherry Beach, Woodbine Beaches and Kew-Balmy Beach are popular Toronto beaches, perfect for setting up a picnic, playing a game of volleyball or simply enjoying the sun. If you’re looking to take in sights of Toronto’s skyline instead, you can set sail on one of many Lake Ontario cruise ships. Whether you take a tour during the day or at night, you can be sure to enjoy the amazing view of the city. Here’s our picks for Toronto’s best waterfront activities for families and people of all ages.

Empress of Canada Boat Cruises

Offering a variety of Lake Ontario cruises that vary from  two and a half to three hours, you can experience the sights of Toronto’s harbour for an evening. Dinner cruises offer dancing after a three-course meal, while the sunset cruise offers appetizers and dessert services. There is no better vantage point than being on the lake to see Toronto’s skyline and high-rises. Celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday or enjoy the Canadian International Air Show on Labour Day with a cruise trip on Empress.

Harbourfront Centre Sailing

Imagine being at the helm of your own boat –  you can be a vessel captain by renting from the Harbourfront Centre. Their fleet is made up of both sail and power boats. For those without credentials or experience, an instructor can sail along with you. This is a perfect option if you’re looking for a more exclusive way to tour the waters of Lake Ontario. As well, it’s a perfect way to learn a new activity in the city!

Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach, given the name because of its close proximity to the Redpath Sugar Factory, is a man-made beach right on the water’s edge. Though swimming is not advised, the white sand is perfect for lounging on and ideal for playing sports. Also ideal for strolling, the beach offers a tree-lined path and provides the opportunity to explore the rest of Toronto’s waterfront by foot.

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