There is nothing quite like the serenity of the Great Lakes. The beauty of nature and wildlife in South Eastern Ontario is best taken in while paddling through the open water in a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard. Whether you are a novice or expert kayaker, we have found the best local businesses to get you paddling in no time!
Travel down the waterfront bike trail 10 minutes from downtown Kingston to reach Ahoy Rentals at 23 Ontario Street. With over 20 years of experience, Ahoy Rentals offers a variety of sporting equipment 7 days a week including canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and sail boats that can be launched into the water right from their rental location. Feeling a little nervous? Take a guided tour with one of their skippered sailing charters, and enjoy the beauty of the Sunset Sail.
With over 140 kayaks and canoes available, Land O’ Lakes Outfitters can help set you up for a day on the lake, whether you like paddling alone or in a group. They will deliver the kayaks to any of the North Frontenac Park Lands all season long! Only need one? No problem, come pick up your rental at their home base. Regardless of whether you are tripping to Bon Echo Park or Fishing in Algonquin, Land O’ Lakes Outfitters can help.
If this is your first time trying out paddlesports such as kayaking and canoeing, you may want to check out Frontenac Outfitters. With guidelines to help you choose the best equipment for your trip – from canoes for groups with small children, to kayaking with a small dog! They even give tips on what to consider when planning your trip – porting your kayak/canoe, how much to carry, and what types of crafts are best in different waters. You can find this one stop shop at 6674 Bedford Road in Sydenham, or give them a call at 613-376-6220!
Take a relaxing paddle or kayak along the St Lawrence River!
Travel the shores of the St. Lawrence River by way of kayak with Hybrid Marine Aquatic Adventures – The Drift. Beginning your journey upstream in Cornwall, you will paddle your way back to Hybrid Marine in Summerstown. Choose your kayak and grab a map before getting in the water to begin your journey downstream. Looking for a guide? For an extra fee, you can request a guide for your 20 km journey down the river.
Plan your next camping trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park, located near Picton, Ontario. With a variety of camping locations including cabins, as well as trailer and tent lots, you can settle in with friends and family and explore the sand dunes. Team up with Westlake Watersports to ensure that you won’t run out of fun activities to do. Pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks and stand up paddle board rentals are available with guidance and instruction provided.
Take a half or full day excursion down the St. Lawrence River and choose your own adventure with one of their 9 paddling routes. Paddle the Arch on the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a true geographical site to be seen with their combination of rivers, wetlands, lakes and streams. If you are looking for something a little more low-key, journey two km down from Highway 29 to the Mac Johnson Wildlife area and enjoy a large reservoir located within their 11 kilometers of trails. Set up a picnic, spark up a barbeque or sit around a firepit and enjoy the wiles of nature.
This Authentic Rideau Experience comes with paddling on one of the most beautiful sections of the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal with overnight camping at a Parks Canada lockstation. You can enjoy some local “Flavours of the Rideau” with 2 gourmet picnics, an authentic outdoor Paddlers breakfast and a tasty reward of dining at the newly renovated historic Opinicon Resort at Chaffey’s Lock!
Firefly Adventures offers a plethora of adventures that are perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. Try out their Outfitted Instructional Wilderness Canoe trips to the World Heritage Site Rideau Canal, Frontenac Provincial Park, and others!
If you haven’t had the chance to experience the beauty of the 1000 Islands, then you need to adventure through this famous location with 1000 Islands Kayaking. Meet with certified guides and leisurely paddle for a lesson, half day or full day trip! You will reconnect with nature with unique views of great blue herons and muskrat families, learn about the history of the 1000 Islands, and take in the undeniable beauty of the Canadian waters.
Partake in a real adventure with Cruising Canoes located in Belleville, Ontario! With all-inclusive adventures, you don’t have to worry about a thing except having fun! Whether you are looking for a full-day excursion, or a Friday night outing – Cruising Canoes has an activity that will fit your needs. Gather your best buds and take on a full day adventure that includes lazy river runs and canoe fishing, or meet your pals for a Friday night ‘Pint and Paddle’ at Signal Brewery.