Whether you are a Torontonian or tourist, the views from Toronto Island never disappoint.

With family in TOw, we usually hop on a ferry first thing to spend a day on the Island, picnicking in the parks, exploring the tree maze and the beaches, and treating the kids to a few rides at Centreville.  

But for our latest excursion (a father’s day gift for our dad in TOw), we bypassed the Centre Island crowd and jumped on the Ward’s Island ferry for a Night SUP Adventure with Toronto Island SUP

A trip to the Island always feels like an escape from the city and this time was extra special as we spent the eve kid-free paddling through the waterways and into the harbour to watch the sunset over the Toronto skyline.

The two-hour guided paddle is timed around the sun setting (ours started at 8:15 p.m.). The tours dock Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until end of September from Algonquin Bridge, a short walk from Wards Island ferry. Beginner and advanced paddlers are welcome. It’s meant to be a casual paddle to take in the sights of the Island and the city.

And the sun setting and Toronto skyline at night was breath-taking.

And it was pretty cool to be gliding along with paddles lit with LED lights.


Getting there: Meet up for the Toronto Island SUP is at Algonquin Bridge, a five minute walk from Ward’s Island. Check the ferry schedules – you can book ferry tickets online in advance.

Low-down: The Toronto Island Night SUP Adventure is a guided tour – Niv our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and was happy to take photos of you without the waterproof bag (not something I trusted doing myself!)

You can rent a board any time (I did a Cinq à SUP a couple years ago), bring the kids or your dog (a fellow paddler had her pup along for the ride.)

Best to book in advance. While you may be able to walk up and join a group, it’s not guaranteed.

Happy paddling!