Hey guys! As you may have seen from my Instagram posts, I am back in Toronto! Being home is always so bittersweet to me. I loved being able to travel to Hawaii and the Bahamas these past few weeks and spend every day by the ocean. When I got home I knew I wasn’t quite ready to get out of the water.
Upon searching for adventures in my hometown, I stumbled across Toronto Island SUP. One photo of excited paddle boarders in the water with the stunning Toronto skyline in the background, had me booking my own paddle board adventure!
While I’ve been paddle boarding before, I’ve never been on Lake Ontario; in fact, despite growing up in Toronto I haven’t been out to the Toronto Islands since I was an infant. Needless to say, this trip had me excited for many reasons!
Toronto Island SUP has an easy and comprehensive online booking system for paddle board lessons. They also offer paddle board rentals for more confident paddle boarders, and even SUP Yoga and SUP Eco-Tours for those looking for a more unique paddle board adventure.
My boyfriend, my brother, and I booked a standard paddle board lesson with Toronto Island SUP over the long weekend. Our lesson was scheduled for 1:15pm and I’ll let you learn from my mistakes here, because we were super late. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to get to downtown Toronto, find parking if you need, and get on the ferry or water taxi out to the island. I can’t thank Julian from Toronto Island SUP enough for being so accommodating of us after we showed up late.
The paddle board lessons run out of Ward’s Island; if you’re not familiar with Toronto there are three islands: Ward’s Island, Centre Island, and Hanlan’s Point. You can get out to the islands by ferry or water taxi. We originally planned to take the ferry out to the island, but because we were late we missed it. If you’re going to be taking the ferry out to one of the islands be sure to check the schedule beforehand! Because we missed the ferry we ended up taking a water taxi out, which was a little bit more expensive, but got us there nonetheless.
Once you get to Ward’s island there is a sign right off the dock directing you towards where you should meet the Toronto Island SUP crew. Once you get to the meeting point the lovely people working at Toronto Island SUP will get you fitted with a life jacket and give you a brief rundown of how to handle the board. They also have dry bags available for you to put your valuables in and take out on the water with you.
Then it’s time to get out onto the water! Our guide, Julian led us out to an opening with a picture perfect shot of the Toronto skyline. Along the way he chatted with us about our travels and experiences paddle boarding, while giving us some tips to be more confident and stable on our boards.
If you’re a more experienced paddle boarder, don’t worry, Julian also has some tips and tricks for seasoned paddle boarders. Before letting us venture off on our own to explore, he taught us how to keep the board going straight, turn the board quickly, and how to move around on the board. We were then free to explore the island from the water for a couple hours before returning to the meeting point. We especially lucked out because the Toronto Air Show was that weekend, so we got to watch the planes from the water; truly an unforgettable experience!
If you’re looking for a unique adventure in Toronto I highly recommend checking out Toronto Island SUP. Whether you’re a beginner or experience paddle boarder the crew here will be able to accommodate you and tailor the lesson to your skill level. If not for anything else, you have to come hangout with Julian, who was an incredible teacher and hilarious guy to hangout with.
And don’t forget about those views! I’ve been all around the world and I still believe that Toronto had one of the most beautiful skylines.
If you’re interested in booking with Toronto Island SUP you can do so HERE and if you round up a bunch of friends, they offer a 10% discount to groups of 6 or more.