Toronto Harbour boat tours typically offer audio guides that point out landmarks visible from the water, including CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, Billy Bishop Airport, and the Toronto Islands. Day tours on the water offer a unique vantage point from which to photograph the Toronto cityscape and surrounding Lake Ontario, while evening boat rides offer views of downtown lit up under the night sky. Some tours factor in free time to explore Centre Island, a popular destination for visitors and locals to swim, bike, and escape the bustle of the city.
The best views of Toronto Harbour are found along the harbor-front path, a popular destination for runners, walkers, and cyclists. Alternatively, CN Tower offers panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city and Lake Ontario.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Toronto’s harbor-front path is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, so stay alert when crossing.
Boat tours and cruises typically run from May through September, and lifeguards are on duty at Toronto city beaches from June to September.
Beat the Toronto Island ferry lines by taking a water taxi. The return trip by ferry is free.
How to Get There
The most common point of departure for boat tours is Queen’s Quay Ferry Terminal, which is easily accessible using Toronto’s public transit system. Streetcars 509 and 510 stop directly in front of Queen’s Quay. The terminal is also a 7-minute walk from Union Station on the metro’s line 1. Toronto Island ferries depart from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, a stop on bus 6 and a 5-minute walk from Union Station.
When to Get There
The harbor is best visited during the summer season, as winter lake conditions prohibit water-based activities. Go during the warmer months from May to September to enjoy boat tours, beaches, kayaking, and waterfront sightseeing.
While boating is not an option during the winter, the Harbourfront Centre offers seasonal ice skating at the Natrel Rink, located just west of Queen’s Quay Terminal. Heated changing rooms, a rink-side restaurant, and views of Toronto Harbour make this a popular choice for both visitors and locals. Skating is free, and skate rentals are available.
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