Ontario waterways offer many fantastic natural and man-made sights for boaters, from the towering cliff of Devil’s Rock on Lake Temiskaming to the panoramic view from the top of Peterborough’s famous lift lock on the Trent Severn Waterway. But when it comes to manufactured marvels, none may be more impressive than the Toronto skyline viewed from a boat on the city’s Inner Harbour.
On a bright, sunny summer day, I joined a group of media for a cruise on a Yamaha G3 Suncatcher X324 SF pontoon boat and a Yamaha 242 Limited S “E-Series” sport boat around the Toronto Harbour hosted by Boating Ontario and Discover Boating. For an event geared to get the media excited about the limitless possibilities and fun of boating in Ontario, that sparkling Toronto profile shimmering in the sunlight served as both a picturesque backdrop and a strong reminder that most Ontarians are lucky enough to be able to go boating virtually in their own backyards.
As we launched from Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating, which offers both boating courses and rentals, all of us experienced the incredible sense of escape, freedom and adventure that’s inherent in the boating experience.