As of September 15, 2009, operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes must have proof of competency on board at all times. This proof may be shown through provision of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) or other approved forms of competency.
Learn more at Transport Canada Office of Safe Boating.
Tour and Charter Boats
Please note: Tour and Charter Boats are not operated by Harbourfront Centre.
Harbourfront Centre is home to an array of unique tour and charter boats that provide historic and informative tours through the inner harbour, longer sailing adventures outside of the harbour, romantic dinner dance cruises, corporate event venues, private party facilities for weddings and birthdays, unique venues for holiday season and New Year parties, and much more. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by your imagination!
For information on how you can hold your next event in a unique setting with a view of Toronto’s spectacular skyline, visit the operators’ websites.
On Our Docks
Required Permits and Licences
Resident recreational powered boaters (power boat or sailboat with an engine) must obtain a PortsToronto Powered Vessel Operators Permit and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) to operate a powered vessel in Toronto Harbour. Please refer to the webpage PortsToronto Powered Vessel Operators Permit for details or call the Permit Office at 416 778 1230.
Visiting recreational powered boaters can obtain a 14-day Visitor Powered Vessel Operators Permit from PortsToronto for $20 by calling the Permit Office at 416 778 1230 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foreign recreational powered boaters can obtain a 14-day Visitor Powered Vessel Operators Permit from PortsToronto for $20 by calling the Permit Office at 416 778 1230 or sending an email to email@example.com.
Foreign recreational boaters in Canadian waters should also review the information found at Transport Canada Office of Safe Boating.
You can obtain both the required Ports Toronto Power Vessel Operators Permit and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) at Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Power Boating, located within the Nautical Centre at 275 Queens Quay West, 416 203 3000.
Launching Your Boat
If you wish to bring a boat into Toronto Harbour and need to launch it from a trailer you have two possible launch options. Unfortunately neither are downtown. These locations are east and west of the city core. Fees for launching at these locations may apply.
The ramp in the west is located in Humber Bay Park. This park is located in Etobicoke on Lakeshore Boulevard West just west of Park Lawn Road. Heading east towards the City exit at Park Lawn Road from the collector lanes of the Gardiner.
The eastern ramp is located in Ashbridges Bay Park on Lakeshore Boulevard East at the bottom of Coxwell Avenue.
In both locations follow the blue ‘Boat Launch’ signs on Lakeshore Boulevard.
To reach Toronto’s Inner Harbour you will have to head into Lake Ontario and across Humber Bay from the west or navigate around the Outer Harbour East Headlands from the east. It is most important that you carefully monitor the weather including wind direction and speed. Taking a small boat on either of these voyages in adverse conditions is not advisable!
If you wish to launch via a crane or travel lift, please contact Outer Harbour Marina at 416 778 6245 or another local service provider to make arrangements.
If you have a larger boat being delivered by truck please contact another local Marina such as Outer Harbour Marina to schedule a launch date as Harbourfront does not have a marine yard and equipment able to do so.
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.
Located at 275 Queens Quay West, just west of the Radisson Plaza Hotel Admiral, The Nautical Centre 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.
Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating
416 203 3000
Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre
416 203 2277
Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
416 214 0358
Other boating 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
A sailing club for the visually challenged with boats docked at our Marina Quay West location.
416 496 5089
Boating and the Environment
Boating Ontario, along with member marinas, have been enrolling in the Clean Marine Program to ensure that their marinas are following an environmentally sound series of practices and protecting our waterways for all to enjoy. All Clean Marine Program Eco-rated Marinas proudly fly the Boating Ontario environmental flag. See the bulletin board in your marina to view a copy of the awarded certificate or ask a staff member for details.
Just as Boating Ontario member marinas have committed themselves to follow environmental practices, you can too! Look for products with Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice logo to use around your boat. Properly separate and discard recyclable materials and please DO NOT place hazardous wastes such as old batteries and motor oil in waste receptacles.
Harbourfront liaises with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) on a variety of topics including flood water level monitoring, waterfront and river safety and helps with the distribution of TRCA’s Green Boater Guide. Visit your Marina Office to pick up a free copy of this valuable guide! For further information on any of the above topics including lake level awareness please visit trca.ca.
It’s our environment… let’s protect it!