Have you ever wanted to feel the breeze on your face as you trim sails and steer a sailboat into the sunset? Dreamed about the serenity of paddling through glassy waters in a canoe? Or the excitement of pushing a throttle and bringing a powerboat to speed? Make these dreams reality at Harbourfront Centre's Nautical Centre!
Companies and organizations across our site offer activities for all ages, able or disabled persons, including those with vision impairment.
The Nautical Centre – located at 275 Queens Quay West, just west of the Radisson Plaza Hotel Admiral – offers a diverse range of interesting lessons and activities for beginners and enthusiasts of all skill levels and physical abilities, as well as rental opportunities.
For programme information, contact:
Other Boating Activities
There are several other activities located on the waterfront that are similar in nature to the above but are not located at the Nautical Centre and do not have offices on site:
Blind Sailing Canada is a sailing club for the visually challenged with a variety of boats that are docked at our Marina Quay West location. (416-496-5089)
Toronto Brigantine is a youth sail training organization that operates the 72-ft brigantine tall ships Pathfinder and Playfair. Both ships are docked at Marina Quay West in spring and fall except while on training sails. Refer to their web site for the ship sailing schedule. (416-596-7117)
Abilities In Motion Disabled Kayaking provides specialized kayak programs for all ages and abilities, such as seniors and people with disabilities or special needs. (647-347-9467)
Starlight Foundation – Making Children Smile. Helping Families Cope
Starlight Foundation families are given the opportunity to enjoy Toronto Harbour aboard a specially equipped Sea Ray power boat.
Youth Boat Works
Youth Boat Works is pleased to offer special programs on board a stunning historical hand-built Gig (pictured below). This replica of an 18th-century vessel is an ideal forum for corporate team building, club or organization group events. This impressive 38-foot boat requires as many as 13 people to work in harmony to both row and sail the craft. To learn more about the Gig's historical significance and the associated local and international events surrounding its success, please visit Youth Boat Works, Atlantic Challenge Canada and Atlantic Challenge International.