Two ladies in a canoe at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre

Photo Credit: Michael Connor

Student solo canoeing in a canoe course at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre

Photo Credit: Michael Connor

Photo Credit: Goh Iromoto

Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre carrying a canoe.

Photo Credit: Michael Connor

Photo Credit: Goh Iromoto

8.13.2011_TORONTO, ON_Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre_Canoe_Photograph by Goh Iromoto

Canoe Rentals

The beautiful 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 explore. Stay healthy and experience the wilderness in the city.

Canoe Rental Requirements Checklist

  • Previous paddling experience required for at least one paddler as renters will be assessed for paddling abilities. Renters will need to demonstrate canoe stability and control (i.e. going in a straight line, balance & stopping).
  • Renters must be 18 or older (come prepared to show I.D.)
  • Renters aged 17 years and under, coming WITH or WITHOUT a parent/guardian require parent/guardian to sign a youth waiver.
  • Please check home page for weather/water conditions the day of your rental to make sure conditions match your abilities.
  • If you plan on taking a dog you must supply a doggie lifejacket and your dog must have previous experience in a canoe.
  • If you are running more than a half hour late for your rental, we would be happy to reschedule your booking. Just contact the office.

Learn More about the Toronto Islands

  • Find out where to get food and drinks and learn more about Toronto's rich history.
  • View a map of the Toronto Islands and where to paddle with approximate timing.
  • Download a map of the Toronto Islands and paddling boundaries.

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Canoe Rental Fees

We have both 2 and 3-person canoes. Rentals include all safety equipment, taxes and Island Shuttle.

Length of TimePrice
Up to 2 hours$75
Up to 4 hours$95
Full Day$105

Rental Hours

Start TimeReturn Time
Monday-Friday12 noonBy 8:00pm June-Aug & 7:00pm Sept
Saturday-Sunday10 amBy 5:30 pm

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What about Weather & Winds?

On windy days we work with the renter and their abilities and pontoon boat shuttle people and their rental equipment to start and end within the islands where the winds are broken. Canoes and Paddleboards are always rented by us this way even on less windy days since they are more susceptible to getting blown around. There is no extra fee for this, maybe just a bit more patience on your part as we shuttle folk back and forth. We thank you for your understanding as we try to keep everyone safe.

As for thunderstorms and heavy rain or extreme winds, we try to give you as much notice as possible when we cancel rentals. We give you the choice of a full refund or to move your reservation to another date. We ask everybody who has a rental reservation to check our homepage of our website before they leave home to check on any updates.

Clean Up the Bay and Save!

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 paddling environment.