I went canoeing in Toronto and finally crossed canoeing off my bucketlist!
A couple of weekends ago I went to the TBEX conference in Toronto, Canada. Along with various sessions on blogging and building a brand, TBEX worked with local businesses to offer various tours and trips before and after the conference.
Being the curious adventurous type that I am when I saw they were offering canoe tours around the 13 Toronto islands nearby I quickly signed up!
I have to be honest about something, I had no idea how many people a canoe could carry. I always saw canoes with two people in them or some of the super long ones with maybe up to 5 or 6. Quickly did I find out that those thoughts were far off!
Our canoe paddling tour was with Paddle Toronto and the largest canoe they have is capable of carrying up to 22 people. Our group just upwards of 10 was easily able to fit into one of their canoes no problem.
We took off late morning to paddle around the islands. As we paddled our guides were giving us tons of information about Toronto and the local area.
For my first time canoeing it was a great experience.
As we paddled out to the islands a peace and tranquility came as the busy noise of the city subsided behind us. It was pretty cool looking out at the city without being able to hear it.
We paddled around and ended up going into a small alcove that’s only accessible if the water is high enough which was pretty awesome. It was a nice little hidden spot off to the side that was easy to miss. After that we maneuvered back out, paddled through a bird sanctuary and started heading back to the city.
If you ever want to take in Toronto from a different perspective, definitely check out Paddle Toronto. Not only will you check out a different aspect of Toronto but the guides are great and you’ll learn a ton! If you don’t feel like canoeing they offer kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. They also offer classes and team building events.
The one thing that I would like to try out whenever I have a chance to go back is their night canoe trip. Apparently they guide groups out to the island with a local chef that will prepare a dinner for you before making the voyage back. How awesome would that be!? Possible fun dinner date in the future?
Have you ever been canoeing before? How was your first experience?