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It's going to be easier to rent a boat on Lake Ontario in Toronto this summer

Calling all boat lovers! With summer just around the corner, you might already be looking for ways to spend a sun-filled day out on a boat in Lake Ontario

Finland-based boating startup, Skipperi, is a company that's branding itself as the "world's first boat-sharing app and smart fleet," and it's officially returning to 10 locations across Lake Ontario starting May 1. 

"We know that owning a boat can be fun. We also know that taking care of it takes time and money," the company's website reads. "Skipperi takes care of all the worries of owning a boat and you get to focus on finding new boating adventures out on Lake Ontario." 

The boat-sharing service runs for six months from May 1 all the way to Oct. 31, and early bird subscription pricing starts at $475 a month.

The regular membership only applies to weekdays, but for an extra $280 a month, you can add on weekends to your subscription. 

The number of bookings are not limited during the season, and Skipperi says that most active boaters go out boating anywhere from two to three days a week. 

Reservations are made using with Skipperi app, which helps you with the entire rental process, and is available on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store

The company doesn't offer one-month memberships, so if you're thinking about signing up, just be mindful that you must commit to the full six month season. 

Before joining Skipperi, you must also obtain their pleasure craft operator card, which is issued by Transport Canada. There's a one-time fee of $42 for their card, but your licence will be valid for life. 

You can access the company's smart fleet from several harbours located in the GTA

  • Harbourfront East- Queens Quay E/Yonge
  • Harbourfront Centre- Queens Quay W/York
  • Harbourfront West- Queens Quay W/ Bathurst
  • Toronto Island Marina
  • Bluffers Park Marina - Scarborough (coming May 2023) 
  • Frenchman's Bay Marina - Pickering (coming May 2023) 
  • Harbour West Marina - Hamilton (coming May 2023) 
  • Port Dalhousie Pier Marina - Niagara (coming May 2023) 
  • Port Credit Harbour Marina - Mississauga (coming soon)
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