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Toronto Islands SUP and Kayak Eco-Tour

Take a break from the city and paddle the Toronto Islands with an experienced guide. Along with discovering nature and hidden gems that only locals know about, you’ll learn about the islands’ history, ecology, paddling techniques and more on the 2-hour Toronto Islands Stand Up Paddleboarding Eco-Tour.
Where:Toronto, Ontario
Age restriction:Minimum age for participation - 14 years
Price for:1 Participant
This guided eco-tour is a ‘must do’ for nature lovers.

A 10-minute ferry ride across Toronto’s inner harbour brings you to the only island chain in Western Lake Ontario. If you enjoy watching nature, the Toronto Islands are in the middle of 2 major migratory bird paths and host over 200 species of bird. If you're lucky, you may also see beavers, turtles, American Mink, and a large variety of fish on your eco-tour. Your tour’s path will take you zigzagging through special areas denoted Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest and Environmentally Significant Areas for their important flora and fauna within the ecosystem.

This SUP tour is done in small groups to ensure that everyone has a good experience. No previous experience is necessary. Your guide will adjust the experience to the group.

Once everyone is ready to go, you’ll head out across the lagoon from Sunfish Cut Boat Club and Algonquin Island. You guide will then lead you at a leisurely pace up the lagoon to Sunfish Cut where you’ll experience breathtaking views of the city.

On the tour you will see two Environmentally Significant Areas, Algonquin Island Homes, and have over 10 stops along the way where your guide will inform and answer any all questions.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the Toronto Islands with its diverse collection of plants and wildlife by kayak or SUP.
  • Learn about the history and biodiversity of the islands from an experience guide.

What’s included:

  • Guide
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) or kayak
  • Paddle, leash
  • Life jacket (PFD)
  • Dry bag for your valuables

When: Thursdays and Sundays Jun - September

Duration: 2 hours


  • Algonquin Bridge, Wards Island
  • Take the Toronto Island ferry to Wards Island (not included). The Jack Layton Ferry terminal is located at the foot of Bay Street at Queens. 
  • Turn right off the ferry and walk for 4 minutes to the Algonquin Bridge.

Need to know:

  • No experience is necessary.
  • All necessary equipment is provided.
  • Kayak / Paddleboard instructors will be on-hand to assist beginners and anyone new to paddling.
  • Minimum age for participation is 14 years.
  • Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult participant authorized to do so by the legal parent or guardian.
  • Please bring a swim suit, a towel, sunscreen, snacks, and water.
  • Please arrive changed and ready to go. There are public washroom facilities at the entrance to Wards Beach at the corner of Lakeshore Ave. and Fifth Street.
  • Arrive early to the ferry docks to ensure that you get to the launch site on Wards Island on time.

If you are looking for unique, fun things to do in Toronto or for a very cool gift for friends and family, this Toronto Islands Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking Eco-Tour is the way to go!

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