Summer Sports Day Camp - Learn to Sail

To our Learn To Sail Parents – May 2021

Queen City Learn to Sail understands and appreciates your continuing interest to have your children join us for a safe, positive and rewarding sailing experience on the water this summer.

We are currently planning to run our full program in accordance with the evolving Provincial Health guidelines. Due to this general climate of uncertainty, we have decided to minimize the upfront payment of our program fees so you can register your sailor with minimal financial impact should a change of plan be necessary. 

In order to reserve a spot in any of our programs, a $20 non refundable Pre-Registration fee is required to be paid. Full registration fees (minus the $20 Pre-Registration) must be paid 3 weeks before the start of the session. If paid, and QCYC is required to cancel a program for Covid reasons, the registration fees, less the Pre-Registration fee, would be refunded.

If you have any questions about our 2021 programming, please contact

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Summer Sports Sailing Camp on the Toronto Islands

Give your children a summer day camp that is active and fun. Our learn to sail programs have a great reputation and provide the perfect mix of learning and action. Many students return year after year for multiple sessions. Our summer day camp is open to children and teenagers aged 8 - 17 year. Learn to Sail camp is an affordable way for your child to experience the sport of sailing. Sailboats are supplied. There are programs for the beginner and the expert.

QCYC's Learn to Sail summer camp takes place on the Toronto Islands, across from Toronto's harbourfront and conveniently accessible by the TTC. Our private ferry leaves from the foot of York Street and will bring your child directly to the camp. Each session is 2 weeks long.

All of the Learn to Sail instructors are experienced and certified by Sail Canada, as well as, in boat rescue and first aid.

Our summer camp is sailing and more

At QCYC's sailing camp, students develop sailing skills plus sportsmanship, teamwork and social skills. They get great exercise, learn new skills and build friendships.

Close to Downtown Toronto on the islands

The Toronto Islands are filled with beautiful areas for kids to sail, swim, and play! Students spend their day outdoors surrounded by one of the world's most beautiful urban parks. Our sailors will get a chance to explore the island on our cruises to locations on the island such as Wards Beach. They gain an understanding and appreciation for nature, wind, and water. Kids get "out" of the city without actually ever leaving!

Traditions & Events

Once a session, parents are invited to QCYC after camp hours to go sailing with their kids and see the club facilities!
An optional banquet is held close to the end of the summer where parents and students come to the island to enjoy the clubs facilities, eat a banquet-style dinner, and see the summer's awards handed out!

For more pictures, visit the Learn to Sail Facebook Page!

2021 Sessions

Spring Training (CANSail 3 and up)

3 Sessions (Choose any 3 Saturdays from the posted dates)
Cost: $   250.00 (plus HST)

5 Sessions (Attend all 5 Saturdays listed)
Cost: $   350.00 (plus HST)

This is a great way to get all the winter rust out before starting your summer session! A variety of skills will be covered, including any student-specific interests or needs. Sessions will be 5 hours long and most of that time will be spent on water. These workshop-style training sessions are a perfect tune-up for summer. You can work on CANSail checklist requirements, or just get out and enjoy an afternoon on the water! These will be run on May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27.

Spring Training - 3 Sessions

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Spring Training (3 days)June 12 June 26 Completed


Spring Training - 5 Sessions

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Spring Training (5 days)June 5 July 3 Completed

Beginner (iCANSail/CANSail 1 & 2)

Cost: $   630.00 (plus HST)

iCANSail/CANSail 1 - Learn to sail part one! Fundamental sailing skills and knowledge are taught in this level. No experience needed! Taught in small, doubled-handed boats. This is a very fun and safe introduction to basic sailing. Adventures to the Toronto Island beaches, fun team-building games, and tons of on-water excitement during these two week sessions! Minimum age to start is 8 years old. First time sailors should sign up for this level. Based on a number of factors (age, athleticism, experience) they will either begin working on their iCANSail checklist or their CANSail 1 checklist. Typically, young athletes start their sailing career by completing their iCANSail checklist, which introduces them to the fundamental movements and theories of sailing. They will become comfortable with being on and in the water, using the basic sail controls, and working in a team. In some cases, they will begin working on their CANSail 1 checklist from the start.

CANSail 2 - Learn to sail part two! This level introduces more complex versions of introductory skills learned in CANSail 1. Sailors are expected to take the helm more often (steer the boat), and begin to fine tune their boat handling skills in order to ready themselves for intermediate sailing. Still at the fundamental stage of athlete development - this is still a very fun-centred level, involving plenty of on-water adventures and games.

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CanSail 1 or 2 (2 weeks)July 5 July 16 Completed
CanSail 1 or 2 (2 weeks)July 19 July 30 Completed
CanSail 1 or 2 (2 weeks)August 3 August 13 Completed
CanSail 1 or 2 (2 weeks)August 16 August 27 Completed

Intermediate (CANSail 3)

4-week option:
Cost: $ 1,230.00 (plus HST)

2-week option:
Cost: $   650.00 (plus HST)

CANSail 3 - Learn to sail fast! Applied skill acquisition in larger double handed boats (420s). Sailors enjoy more time training on-water and are given the opportunity to try racing in local or competitions if they wish. Great adventures on the harbour and out on the lake continue! There will be some flexibility in the scheduling of 2 week sessions. Please contact us to make arrangements.

Intermediate (CANSail 3) - 4-week option

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CanSail 3 (4 weeks)July 5 July 30 Completed
CanSail 3 (4 weeks)August 3 August 27 Completed


Intermediate (CANSail 3) - 2-week option

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CanSail 3 (2 weeks)July 5 July 16 Completed
CanSail 4 (2 weeks)July 5 July 16 Completed
CanSail 3 (2 weeks)August 3 August 13 Completed
CanSail 4 (2 weeks)August 3 August 13 Completed


Advanced/Race Team (CANSail 4, 5 & 6)

Cost: $ 1,335.00 (plus HST)

CANSail 4 - Learn to always sail fast! Sailors are training to tune and handle their boat with ease. They will begin to fully understand what does and doesn't make the boat move faster. They gain a fundamental understanding of basic tactics and physics. Sailors are encouraged to participate in some local regattas!

CANSail 5 or 6 - Learn to train. Applied skill consolidation in order to fine-tune and solidify all previously learned sailing skills. Regular competition is encouraged, including attending regattas across Southern Ontario. The goal of this level is to prepare for and participate in a full season of training and competition with rewarding results.

Our Race program includes attendance at regional regattas. Please inquire for details. The regatta schedule is tentative. Regatta registration, accommodation and related travel costs are not included in course fees and an additional regatta fee is required for all sessions. Parents should be prepared to help carpool, tow boats and chaperone participants at regattas.

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CanSail 4, 5 or 6 (4 weeks)July 5 July 30 Completed
CanSail 4, 5 or 6 (4 weeks)August 3 August 27 Completed

Please note that although our coaches are 100% dedicated to helping sailors develop, there is no guarantee that a sailor will complete a checklist in the allotted time for any given course.

Also please note: in 2021, Sail Canada is charging an annual fee per youth sailor of $    18.00. You'll notice this added onto your course registration once per year. Thank you for your understanding.

Our CANSail program fees are reduced by $60.00 for sessions which are a day shorter due to statutory holidays.




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