Harbourfront Alert

Welcome to 2022! Course dates for this season will be posted by early March and our rental season will begin in June. In the meantime, stay healthy & work on getting into paddling shape. (see our post below)

We love introducing youth to the wonders of paddling and the nature of the Toronto Islands. We offer week-long kids camps in summer as well as special events for youth such as birthday parties and youth group paddles. Scroll down for a unique experience.

Kids Camps

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and social distancing, camps are cancelled for 2021.

Through Harbourfront Centre we run exciting, affordable day camps every week during July and August. Choose from Junior Canoe, Canoe, Outdoors Bound, Amazing Outdoors or Sea Kayaking.  Our newest Paddlesports Camp for ages 12-15 incorporates all three modes of water travel: Kayak – Canoe – Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). Click on each camp below for more details or to register!

Our Camps run from Monday to Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. Early/late pickups are available. Busing is available from about 40 routes throughout Toronto. Camp staff are on the buses and will supervise stops.

Junior Canoe Camp: Ages 6 to 8


This exciting camp provides loads of outdoor fun and activities for young campers. After being introduced to basic canoeing strokes and theory, campers either use 17-ft. tandem canoes to paddle The Natrel® Pond, or 24- and 36-foot Voyageur canoes to explore Toronto’s inner harbour and the insulated lagoons of our scenic Toronto Islands. It is here where they practice their new skills and explore nature. Camp games, crafts and sometimes nature walks on our site and on the islands are also part of the great overall experience for our young participants.

Outdoors Bound: Ages 9 to 11

This camp focuses on a variety of exciting outdoor skills including: tandem and voyageur canoeing, camping, environmental awareness and water safety. Tenting, fire building, plus the essentials of packing smart and being prepared are all part of this active week-long camp.

Canoe Camp: Ages 9 to 15

Campers, grouped by age, learn the exciting sport of canoeing through instruction in paddling technique and boat rescues. Campers will explore Toronto’s protected inner harbour and the amazing lagoons of the Toronto Islands while learning paddling skills, water safety, environmental awareness and weather prediction. Leadership games and other fun, on-land activities are also programmed in the parks of our Toronto Islands. Most of our time is spent on the water (weather permitting).

Sea Kayak Camp: Ages 10 to 15

Campers, grouped by age, learn the exciting sport of kayaking through expert instruction in paddling technique, equipment function and repair, boat rescues and water safety. This sleek, stable watercraft is a perfect vehicle for expeditions through Toronto’s inner harbour and the Toronto Islands, and is very popular in provincial parks and holiday destinations worldwide. Campers also learn water safety, packing skills, environmental awareness and weather prediction through a variety of outdoor activities and group games.

Amazing Outdoors Camp: Ages 12 to 15

In this introduction to the great outdoors, campers will learn valuable skills in canoeing, water safety, campsite safety, cooking, packing smart, map & compass, and tenting.  To end off this fun skill-filled week, campers will team up and use the skills learned in this camp on a supervised ‘Amazing Race’ type challenge day on the Toronto Islands.

Paddlesports Camp (Kayak, Canoe, Standup Paddleboard): Ages 12-15

Campers will alternate between learning the skills of Canoeing, Kayaking, and Stand Up Paddleboarding in this fun-filled camp.  We will be using Toronto’s inner harbour and the waterways of the beautiful Toronto Islands to tour and learn efficient paddling and safety skills. All three of these wonderful modes of water travel are becoming popular rental items at parks and resorts worldwide, so why not prepare your youth to safely have fun and enjoy the outdoors with these skills for the future.

Birthday Parties & Youth Groups

For a wonderful birthday party or youth event to remember, consider hosting a Standup Paddleboarding or tandem kayak tours to the Islands. Send richard@paddletoronto.com an email to discuss pricing, dates and your wishes.