The Free Harbour and Islands Cruise

Our boat docks at the foot of Harbourfront Centre’s West Pier (stop #17).

 

The cruise features a live guide delivering an entertaining and informative commentary as the boat winds its way through the Toronto Inner Harbour and the 14 Islands. Three distinct seating options are available: outdoors under the canopy on the upper deck, outdoors on the water-level sundeck, and inside at tables on the lower level. The lower level also houses washrooms and a bar.

 

The tour lasts 45 minutes with departures every hour and fifteen minutes. Please feel free to contact us as your travel date nears for the most current scheduling information.

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Please note that the free harbour and islands cruise is seasonal, and this bonus trip is only available until Oct 31st, weather permitting and subject to the captain’s discretion. CitySightseeing Toronto tickets purchased after this time will still include the free harbour cruise passes, and these passes can be retained and used when the boat resumes operating the following spring.

What your Harbour Star ticket gets you

  • A guided tour through the Toronto Harbour, canals and lagoons of the islands
  • Amazing photo opportunities from the city’s only unobstructed upper deck
  • The flexibility to sit inside or outside (whether under a canopy or in the sun)
  • Access to a bar and washrooms
  • A free souvenir map
  • The option to purchase discounted attraction tickets on board the boat
  • Unlimited travel advice and support from our friendly tour guides

About the Harbour Star

The Harbour Star is a 70 ft / 21.3m, 100-passenger touring vessel that has guided hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals through the Toronto harbour and islands since arriving at its current berth at Harbourfront Centre in 1999.

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Seating options

Three distinct seating options are available.

You can sit on the upper deck of the boat. This fully-unobstructed upper deck is the only one of its kind in Toronto, affording passengers a 360-degree view of the skyline and some of the city’s best photo opportunities. There is a canopy on this level that provides protection from the sun and rain.

 

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Another seating option is the wraparound outdoor deck located slightly above water level. Passengers looking for some sunshine usually find a cozy seat here where they can relax and watch the waves lap up against the side of the boat.

 

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The naturally-lit interior of the Harbour Star is laid out in bistro style and features tables and cushioned chairs as well as restroom facilities. Kick back and enjoy a cocktail here and watch the captain navigate through the harbour and into the canals and lagoons of the islands.

 

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Major attractions and points of interest

The Harbour Star spends about half the cruise exploring the Toronto Inner Harbour and the rest of the time traveling through the canals and lagoons of the 14 Toronto Islands.

Here are just a few of the sights you can expect to see from the boat

 

  • Toronto’s amazing skyline
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
  • Hanlan’s Point
  • Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Centre Island/Centreville
  • Island Yacht Club/Muggs Island
  • Toronto Island Marina
  • Forestry Island
  • Allan A. Lamport Regatta Course
  • Ward Island/Algonquin Island
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club
  • Queen City Yacht Club
  • Polson Pier
  • RedPath Sugar Refinery
  • Ferry Docks/Westin Harbour Castle
  • Pier 6
  • Queen’s Quay Terminal
  • Harbourfront Centre

Narration

There is a tour guide on board the boat who will deliver a fun, friendly, and informative commentary as the boat winds its way through the harbour and islands. This official City Sightseeing Toronto guide would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and to offer thoughtful advice on how to make the most of your stay.

Schedule/Frequency

The harbour and islands cruise is available from May through October. The cruise lasts 45 minutes. In the summer season, the cruise departs every hour and fifteen minutes with the first tour departing at 11:45 am. In the spring and fall seasons, please contact us as your travel date nears for the most current departure schedule.

Pricing

Regular

  • Adults $13.27
  • Seniors (60 and over) $10.62
  • Students (with valid student ID) $10.62
  • Children (12 and under) $10.62

 

Internet / Telephone

  • Adults $12.61
  • Seniors (60 and over) $10.09
  • Students (with valid student ID) $10.09
  • Children (12 and under) $10.09

Note: Rates do not include sales tax of 13%. Rates are subject to change. Children 0-2 years of age are free.