I was visiting Harbourfront on Canada Day Eve and was thrilled to see that we can rent paddleboats and canoes to enjoy the small pond.
Those who are used to exploring wide open water in their canoe or paddleboat at the cottage might not think much of it but parents of young children who are new to this will definitely be happy to introduce their kids to this kind of water fun in such a safe environment.
It's $5 per person for 15 minutes to rent a paddleboat ($4 per person for a canoe). And they have some funny individual paddleboats (for anyone 70 pounds and lighter) which will be much appreciated by young school-aged adventurers.
They've added Muskoka chairs on the site, perfect to relax and do some people watching while you have an ice cream.
When Harbourfront doesn't have a big event going on, the place is not that crowded, with plenty of room on any of the patios sit and enjoy the glistening water. The elevated World Café offers a great view.
While you're there, check the tall ship Kajama along the promenade. Walk over the white bridge on the west part of Harbourfront Centre to reach Toronto PawsWay (entrance on Queens Quay). Check it out inside. They have a Hall of Fame of dogs and cats who saved their master's life. On your way out, stroll on the cool Wavedeck to your right.