The Perfect Toronto Boating Itinerary

Situated along the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. While the streets of Toronto offer endless opportunity for fun and excitement, it’s also an ideal destination for boaters in the summer months. Looking up at the city skyline from its surrounding waters offers a perspective like no other. With a charming waterfront and network of small islands to explore, Toronto is the perfect setting for on-water adventures. Wondering where to boat in Toronto? We’ve outlined the ultimate boating itinerary so those planning a trip to Toronto can make the most of their journey.



Day 1: Discover the Toronto Waterfront




They best way to start your boating adventure is by soaking in the views of Toronto's iconic waterfront. We recommend starting your day by departing out of Outer Harbour Marina for a leisurely cruise along the shoreline. Relax and enjoy as you pass by landmarks such as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and the Harbourfront Centre from the comfort of your boat.





After a morning of cruising and sight-seeing, dock at one of the many waterfront restaurants that allow you to arrive by boat for convenient dining. Toronto's waterfront is dotted with restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. A few dock-side restaurants that we recommend are The Goodman Pub, Amsterdam BrewHouse, The Slip, Pie Bar, and Boxcar Social. Trust us, you don’t want to miss the chance to experience Toronto’s dock and dine scene.



Day 2: Explore the Toronto Islands



There’s no better way to spend you second day than exploring the Toronto Islands, an idyllic archipelago located just offshore of downtown Toronto. You can easily spend the entire morning enjoying the islands' scenic landscape. Don’t forget your camera so that you can capture a shot of the city skyline in the horizon. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk or head deeper into nature for a walk-through forests, wetlands, and meadows. Keep an eye out for native plant and animal sightings!



We recommend packing a picnic for lunch. There is no shortage of cozy and comfortable spots along the Toronto Islands’ many beaches. These beaches include Centre Island Beach, Hanlan's Point Beach, and Ward's Island Beach – just to name a few. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing, swimming, and spending quality time with friends and family.


There are also plenty of activities for those seeking a bit of adventure. The Toronto islands are car-free, making them ideal for renting a bike to explore the island on your own time. Or you can rent kayaks and canoes to paddle around the shoreline and observe wildlife like ducks and turtles. 



Day 3: Enjoy the Harbourfront Attractions




On your final day in Toronto, take some time to explore the attractions along the city’s Harbourfront. You can dock your boat and venture ashore to visit popular landmarks like Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, the Toronto Music Garden, and, of course, the CN Tower – or you can check out cultural attractions like the Harbourfront Centre and Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Consider supporting local vendors at the Waterfront Artisan Market by selecting from a variety of unique souvenirs as a keepsake to remember your Toronto boat trip.




After exploring the Harbourfront, we highly recommend taking one last cruise in the waters of Toronto, this time with an onboard tour guide. There are several companies offering sightseeing cruises that allow you to get a closer look at the landmarks, islands, and other notable sights while learning about the city's rich history and culture. Sit back and relax as a passenger aboard your final Toronto boat ride, bringing your trip to a satisfying conclusion.



Read to Hit the Water?


A boating excursion in Toronto offers an opportunity to explore this beautiful city from a different point of view. Toronto’s Outer Harbour also happens to be home to just one of the 400+ Freedom Boat Club locations. Whether your local to the area or just visiting, a Freedom Boat Club membership makes it easy and accessible to hit the water with access to a diverse fleet of boats. Enjoy all the benefits of the boating lifestyle, with none of the bothers of boat ownership.


Whether you're cruising along the waterfront, exploring the Toronto Islands, or taking in the sights and sounds of the Harbourfront, each day brings new adventure. So, put on your captain's hat and venture off on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Toronto.


Looking for other world-class boating excursions this summer? Click here to read the recent blog that highlights our top 10 picks for the best summer boating destinations across North America. 


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