New On-line Rental Reservations coming soon!
The 13 Toronto Islands are on our doorstep, with secluded beaches, bird sanctuaries, washrooms, picnic areas, a cottage-country feel, and many waterways to paddle and relax. Stay healthy and enjoy wilderness in the city!
•Previous paddling experience for Solo Kayak, Canoe & Stand Up Paddleboard
•Damage Deposit (imprint of credit card)
•On-water Checkout Paddling Assessments will be conducted for all Renters
NO EXPERIENCE? Try a 2-person Tandem Kayak or enquire about lessons.
What is our Safe Rental Policy?
In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all our renters, we will conduct a safety Checkout Paddling Assessment within our slip to make sure the renters paddling abilities match the days expected conditions. We thank you for your understanding.
What is our Rentals Cold Water Policy?
When the water temperature drops below 13ºC, we require renters to know their In-water Rescues and to wear their personal wetsuit. The only exception is when there is a qualified staff accompanying you on your paddle. This is to ensure that a rescue can be performed in under 2 minutes in order to reduce your cold water exposure time. Programs which do not require a wetsuit include: Evening Social Paddles, Courses, Private Lessons & Guided Trips. Thank you for your understanding as we try to keep everyone safe.
Rental Hours beginning Victoria Day Weekend:
Monday-Friday 12:00pm-7:00pm Return by 8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm Return by 5:00pm
Rental Fees include: Lifejacket, Skirt for Kayaks, Paddles, Safety Equipment, Map & HST. Damage Deposit required with credit card. Please check home page for weather/water conditions and water temp/wetsuit requirements
|Equipment ||Up to 2 Hrs Up to 3 Hrs ||4+ Hours |
Solo Sea Kayak
Stand Up Paddleboard
Our new Frequent Paddler Codes (FPC) now offer 50% off your rentals! Once purchased, you will be sent your 10 unique codes to use on our new on-line Rental Reservation Program, coming this season. FPC10 Fee: $95+HST. By purchasing Frequent Paddler Codes, we can help you:
- Stay active and healthy
- Escape the concrete city more often
- Save money!
PURCHASE FPC: COMING SOON!
Click here for a downloadable PDF Map of the Toronto Islands
THE 13 TORONTO ISLANDS - INTERESTING FACTS
- The Gibralter Lighthouse was built in 1808, and is the oldest stone building in Toronto and the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Great Lakes. A light keeper was resident until 1958, when the lighthouse was decommissioned.
- In 1914 Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run into the waters of Lake Ontario from the original stadium of the Toronto Maple Leaf baseball team. The original stadium was erected on Hanlan’s Point in 1897.
- Ned Hanlan (whom Hanlans Point is named after) was a World Champion professional sculler, hotelier, and alderman and became Canada’s first world sporting champion in an individual or singles event after winning the sculling championships in 1880.
- In 1888 the first school was built on the Toronto islands. Today the Island Public Nature Science School operates Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6, and on Algonquin Island, the Waterfront Montessori Children's Centre hosts children ages 2-1/2 to 6.
- 67% of the Island’s adult population has lived on the Island for 20 years or more (Total population is 600, 262 Homes)
- 37% of the adult population has lived on the Island for 35 years or more.
- An Island family of four is likely to pay in excess of $3,500 each a year in ferry fees.
- Island homeowners may not bequeath or otherwise pass on their homes to anyone other than spouses and children. If homes are not passed on to spouses or children Islanders cannot chose to whom they will sell their homes. Sales are regulated by the Island Trust, which oversees a public list whereby buyer and seller do not meet.
WHERE TO EAT AT THE ISLANDS
(Remember, never leave your boat unattended!)
- Rectory Café located on Ward’s Island just west of the beach, is moderately upscale and includes a beautiful shaded eating area amongst the trees. A club sandwich costs about $14. Best to park your boat on the south beach of Snake Island, or just East of the Algonquin Island bridge.
- The Island Café is part of the Ward’s Island Community Centre and is just off the path from the Ward’s Island ferry dock with a kayak-friendly small beach just to its east. The veggie dogs, burgers, iced coffee and burritos are recommended and are fairly inexpensive.
- Carousel Restaurant is located just beside the Centre Island bridge that leads to the pier. This boasts another kid friendly menu and is about the same price as the Rectory. Kayaks can be pulled up directly beside the eating area.
- The Island Paradise Restaurant is beside the Centre Island Ferry Dock includes Shopsy’s Deli. Other Kiosks such as Pizza Pizza are throughout Centreville Amusement area.
- The Toronto Island Marina Restaurant is relatively inexpensive and is adjacent to the gas pumps that overlook the City. Best to pull out on the small beach just to the west of the entrance to the gas pump bay.
Renting a Canoe? Come back from your favourite area with 3 bags of garbage, and you'll get your rental at half price! We'll even provide the garbage bags. It feels great, and it is another way that we can work together for a cleaner environment. Interested in other environmental issues that we are concerned about? ...check out the "Our Planet" section of our website.