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Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands: Our most recommended tours and activities

Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

1. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and Islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and visually explore the Toronto Islands. The tour vessel will start by taking you to view the Western part of the harbour before crossing into the lagoons to view the Toronto Islands. Notable sites and buildings you will see while on the vessel are the CN Tower, Roger Centre, Billy Bishop Airport, as well as Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. Before the tour ends the crew will tell you about some of the history of the islands, about the island residences, and they will also point out many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

2. Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Cross the harbor on a ferry and see more in less time on this guided bike tour of the Toronto Islands. Discover hidden gems like parks and beaches and see iconic sights like the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point in Toronto and get fitted with your helmet and bike. After a short ferry ride across the harbor, get on your bike and explore the car free neighborhoods on the eastern islands. Visit historic landmarks such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht club. Peddle thorugh parks and next to beaches. Cruise by quaint cottages and experience some incredible views of the Toronto skyline.  Listen as your guide tells you stories about key people and events from the last 200 years of the island’s remarkable history. The tour is suitable for beginner to advanced riders, as the ride is an easy pace and makes plenty of stops. 

Toronto Islands: Sunset Canoe Tour

3. Toronto Islands: Sunset Canoe Tour

Try the very Canadian activity of paddling a canoe at dusk and explore the Toronto Islands. Whether a beginner or an expert, everyone will enjoy this 1.5-hour experience, covering the most beautiful parts of the islands and allowing you to admire the magnificent city skyline from a new perspective.  Paddle around the islands in an authentic, Voyageur canoe replica that was used by the first European settlers. This style of canoe offers stability and comfort, providing an easy and safe introduction to canoeing. An experienced and certified guide will be in a canoe with you at all times and will help with safety and instructions. Learn how to paddle properly while canoeing in a team. One of the most beautiful parks in the city, with its numerous waterways and lagoons, Toronto Islands offers a great opportunity for those with an adventurous spirit. The tour will take you around the Bird Sanctuary of the Toronto Islands and the Donout Island. Pass under a bridge that was built in 1905 and paddle through the tranquil lagoons and waterways.

Toronto: Private Luxury Yacht Sightseeing Cruise & Prosecco

4. Toronto: Private Luxury Yacht Sightseeing Cruise & Prosecco

Cruise around Toronto Harbor aboard a stylish luxury yacht. Sip a glass of prosecco and marvel at the amazing city skyline from the front deck. Relax in the company of a fully-licensed captain and see the CN Tower, Sugar Beach, the Harbourfront Centre, and more. Board the private yacht and let your captain take you around the harbor. Take in the sights, including Western Harbour, The Lagoons, and the Toronto Islands. Keep an eye out for the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and Gibraltar Point Lighthouse along the way. Gaze at the city skyline while you sail. Also, gaze at the view of Hanlan's Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a glass of prosecco or a soft drink, and sit down on the sundeck to soak up the sun. Finally, sail back to the starting point to finish up your amazing harbor cruise.

Toronto Islands: Voyageur Canoe Tour

5. Toronto Islands: Voyageur Canoe Tour

Come and see the most beautiful park in the city - the Toronto Islands. Whether a beginner or an expert, everyone will enjoy this 1-hour experience, covering the most beautiful parts of the islands and allowing you to admire the city from a new perspective. Paddle around the islands in an authentic, Voyageur canoe replica that was used by the first European settlers. This style of canoe offers stability and comfort, providing an easy and safe introduction to canoeing. An experienced and certified guide will be in a canoe with you at all times and will help with safety and instructions. Learn how to paddle properly while canoeing in a team. One of the most beautiful parks in the city, with its numerous waterways and lagoons, Toronto Islands offers a great opportunity for those with an adventurous spirit. The journey begins at the Centre Island. You will paddle through the lagoons, visit the Bird Sanctuary and paddle to the Toronto Harbour for the best view of the city skyline.

Toronto: Fall Foliage Canoe Tour of the Toronto Islands

6. Toronto: Fall Foliage Canoe Tour of the Toronto Islands

Experience the Canadian Fall during a guided canoeing adventure around the Toronto Islands. Begin your day taking a water taxi or ferry to meet your expert guide at the Centre Island. Here, you will go over safety rules, paddling instructions, and be provided all necessary safety equipment.  Once aboard your own canoe, set out into the waterfront where you will have scenic views and be surrounded by the autumn foliage. Your first stop will be at the Bird Sanctuary and loop around the Donut Island. Here, you might see some herons and even turtles. Next, paddle through the Regatta Course that hosts annual International Dragon Boat Race. As you pass under the Centre Island's main bridge you will get a feeling of going through Venice canals. The most spectacular point of this tour is entering into the Toronto Harbor. Here, get spectacular views of the city skyline from the waterfront. Take a moment and snap a photo of the skyline and enjoy the beautiful colors of the fall season. After the journey, head back to your meeting point to return your canoe paddles and safety gear. Feel free to enjoy the islands and discover more on foot, rent a bike, have a picnic, and more. When you are ready, ferries and water taxis go back and forth regularly to head back to the mainland.

Toronto: Friday Night Wine & Cheese Sail

7. Toronto: Friday Night Wine & Cheese Sail

This special event sail, perfect for date nights, gatherings of friends, or making new connections, starts at 6 pm as we set sail on our luxury 41' yacht. Glide through the Toronto Island Lagoons, followed by a circumnavigation of our famous archipelagos, offering spectacular views of the city and lake. Curated by our in-house sommelier, the sail includes 4-5 wine tastings from Hare Wine Co, complemented by specialty cheeses and other surprises to tantalize your taste buds. A knowledgeable sommelier provides commentary throughout the tasting, enriching your wine experience. Enjoy the evening on the covered cockpit bench seating or the open deck with bean bag chairs for added comfort. The yacht exceeds Transport Canada Safety Requirements, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. Please note that this event is for adults over 19 only. While we sail rain or shine, please be aware that the air temperature on the water is typically 5°C colder than on land. Check-in is 20 minutes before departure, and we encourage a barefoot experience on board.

Toronto: Wednesday Nights Sail with Beer Sampling

8. Toronto: Wednesday Nights Sail with Beer Sampling

Join the crew at Gone Sailing Adventures every Wednesday evening for a beer-tasting experience like no other. Our 3-hour sails take flight with an Amsterdam Brewhouse Partnership, featuring a flight of 4 samples of Amsterdam Beers included in your ticket price. Each week explores a different flight path until we discover the perfect combination of tastes to complement the complimentary charcuterie board served on your sail. Setting sail at 6 pm on our luxury 41' Beneteau Sailing Yacht, you'll navigate through the Toronto Island Lagoons and circumnavigate our famous archipelagos, offering spectacular views of the city and lake. The journey concludes as the sun sets over the city skyline, creating a picturesque backdrop for a memorable evening.

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What people are saying about Toronto Islands

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4.6 / 5

based on 882 reviews

Despite a rather soggy start to the day the canoe trip itself was really enjoyable, Alexander was in regular contact to check we still wanted to go ahead due to the weather and was happy to set off later after the rain was due to stop, we decided to stick to our original time as had the CN Tower booked for later in the day. Luckily the weather was on our side and we had a very enjoyable paddle round the islands with Alexander explaining lots of points of interest, spotting wildlife and providing local knowledge/information that was very interesting. He even planned the route for us to finish our tour nearer to Ward Island for the return ferry. The islands were very quiet in October but it made for a very peaceful experience away from the mainland.

Very nice activity. The one hour tour passes very quickly even if it is cold. I recommend it for a view of the skyline and a passage between the islands.

Great couple of hours escaping the city and exploring the islands. The trees during fall were beautiful as was the view of the skyline.

Gorgeous! Thanks to the captain and her second/host. Great team and breathtaking view of Toronto and its islands.

It was quite nice to see the city from another angle and be able to take nice photos.