You and your partner have been together a long time, and things are good — really good. But before you take the plunge, you need to know if you’re truly in sync with each other. In Toronto, there’s one excellent way to find out: head to the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre. At this full-service water sports centre, you and your sweetheart can rent a tandem kayak and discover just how strong a team you really are as you paddle across the gorgeous waters of Lake Ontario.
When you get to the shop, your guide will outfit you with with a sturdy boat, paddles, and a couple of groovy-looking life jackets. After some safety tips, a few pointers on technique, and a funny photo for Instagram, you’ll head out onto the bay. The two of you might have some trouble synching up initially, causing your kayak to go left, right, and in circles. But as with all relationship matters, it’s best to be patient and communicate. Before long, you’ll be rowing in tandem and traveling much more quickly than you might expect. (Teamwork can do that.)
As you soak up the sun and savor that floating feeling, your honey gives you a little over-the-shoulder smile that puts you at ease, and you both start checking out the scenery. The Toronto skyline is simply magnificent against the honeyed sunset, and the CN Tower looks like a rocket that’s about to blast off from the domed launch base of Rogers Center. As you explore the smaller lagoons and channels within the Toronto Islands, you find that the water is the epitome of serenity, and–aside from the little sploosh of your paddles and the occasional honk of a swan–it is utterly silent. You’re a little heartbroken when it’s time to turn around and head back.
As you place your feet on terra firma once again, you compliment each other’s excellent paddling skills. By the time you sit down to your post-paddle beers, it’s clear you’ve both met your match.