Attention Boaters: Barbados on the Water Festival, Toronto

The “Barbados on the Water” festival is coming up next week, May 28-29, in Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre–a nonprofit cultural facility located on Toronto’s waterfront. According to the official billing, the festival is “Canada’s largest and most authentic celebration” of Barbados, and features Caribbean cuisine, steel pan drumming workshops, literary events, authentic dance performances and children’s activities such as storytelling, costume making and face-painting. It’s a good way to get out and enjoy the warm weather!

Aside from the Barbados festival, the Harbourfront is always a good way to spend a weekend. The Harbourfront Centre perpetually has lots going on–workshops and classes, visual exhibitions, activities for kids, food and more. Definitely worth a visit. The address is 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto. Call them at (416) 973-4600 or visit online at http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Docking in Toronto

Using your watercraft is an ideal way to get to Toronto. The city’s port authority offers docking facilities and comprehensive services for boaters. According to the Toronto Port Authority, “you can’t beat the Outer Harbour Marina.”

Map image of Outer Harbor Marina from Toronto Port AuthorityMap image of Outer Harbor Marina from Toronto Port Authority

Benefits the TPA would like you to know about:

  • The Outer Harbour Marina is 10 minutes from downtown, max. “Spend more time on your boat–not stuck in traffic.” The protected harbour provides access to Lake Ontario to the south or Toronto’s inner harbor, to the north.
  • The Marina offers long, ultra-stable finger docks with ample space for boats of any size. Spaces between boats are roomy and easy to work in. Additionally, there is plenty of room to manoeuvre–no tight turns, close encounters or embarrassing moments. The fuel dock is roomy also.
  • Great transient dockage.  The Marina is a great place to take a break for boats of any size. The setting is peaceful, but you can take a cab to downtown. The Beaches neighbourhood, with its pubs and restaurants, as well as grocery, beer and liquor stores, is not far away.
  • Free parking for you and your guests.
  • Lots of green space and facilities to enjoy it. The marina borders the Tommy Thompson Park’s natural areas, as well as the trails for bikes and skates that lead all the way to downtown.
  • OHM provides spacious, well kept washrooms and showers, secure easy-access space for winter storage and equipment to get your boat in and out of the water simply and efficiently.

For more information about Toronto docking facilities, call the Toronto Port Authority at (416) 863-2000.


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