Ontario, located in eastern Canada, is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully regions in North America. This picturesque region is world-renowned for being home to some of the most breath-taking waterways in Canada including Lake Ontario (one of the five treasured "great lakes" in North America), the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Niagara River, among several others. That being said, it shouldn't come as a surprise that when considering holiday ideas, thoughts of water-related activities arise. Ontario is a beloved spot to those who participate in such sports as canoeing and kayaking. Below, you will find various hot spots where kayaking and canoeing holidays are available nearby.
Ontario is home to the populous city of Toronto, an ideal location for those who kayak and canoe. Whether you're a beginner seeking to learn or simply looking to brush up on old skills, taking kayak or canoe lessons is a wise decision. Private kayak lessons offer a more intimate, focused experience between you and your instructor.
A good rule of thumb in terms of this activity is the more the merrier. The Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre provides private lessons to a party of six for only $85 a person, while it costs $185 for one person searching to learn on their own. The same prices apply to those eager to learn the nature of canoeing. Weekend courses are available at packages from $229 (plus tax) for a weekend's worth of information and practice for kayaking and only $189 (plus tax) for canoeing. In addition to weekend courses and individual private lessons, the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Center also has evening sessions, fun exercise classes incorporating the kayak/canoe and even certification/rescue courses. This is indisputably a great spot to get the most out of your experience and the most bang for your buck.
Lake Ontario is a gorgeous area famous for its incessant parade of kayak and canoe participants. Once you've taken several lessons and achieved a level of comfort and familiarity with kayaking or canoeing, you can try out your skills here. Kayaking or canoeing this exquisite body of water is not for beginners as it is known for its tumultuous wave changes and occasionally rough conditions. This lake is perfect for adrenaline junkies and those seeking the ultimate test of their acquired knowledge.
You will more than likely be absolutely exhausted after such a strenuous excursion and in dire need of a place to sleep. For a beautiful, spacious villa that can sleep up to 16 people the Lake of Bays holiday cottage is an excellent choice. Located near Fox Point, the villa is available from $3,600 (Canadian) per week and offers facilities such as a boat dock/waterfront access and an outdoor grill/barbecue.
Two kayackers on Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway is another strikingly beautiful body of water that reaches up to nearly 800 miles long. Here you will find the St. Lawrence Islands National Park, a popular tourist attraction. This park is a great, kid-friendly environment that caters to people of all ages. Sea kayaking, boat rentals, scavenger hunts, trail hiking and camping at this stunning island are a few fun options offered.
When you are searching for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, a much needed holiday should be on your horizon. The canoeing and kayaking experiences offered in Ontario are unbeatable and unlike anywhere else in the world. All the information provided in this article will guide you towards the unforgettable holiday of a lifetime.
By Alan Horton, a keen writer of travel articles.