About

IMG_2441Experience a world of boating at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.

Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating provides affordable and accessible boating for all – from beginner to offshore and much more! We also offer a wide selection of sailing and power boating courses, services and training.

We are conveniently located on Queen’s Quay West, immediately south of the CN Tower and easily accessible from Downtown Toronto by foot, bicycle or car. Public parking and the TTC stops right outside our door.

History

The roots of the business go back over 30 years…and we have members who can tell stories from the early years.

Our first sailing school and club was established around 1980. In those days the Toronto waterfront area was a wasteland compared to the urban design which is currently being developed. There was more of a blur between members and staff back then and it seems like on weekends the club truly was a cottage in the city.

Around 1990 the business was sold, and it became known as Harbourside Boating Centre. Things expanded, both in terms of number and type of boats. A number of Bluenoses were added which were classic wooden sailing vessels. The owner was quite a character and many stories are still told of his activities at the helm of the business.

In 1997 the assets and goodwill of the Harbourside Boating Centre were purchased by Queen’s Quay Yachting and the modern age began. In May 2008, the business was purchased by Harbourfront Centre Corporation, and has continued to flourish with the continuing development of the waterfront.