Toronto’s iconic Island Yacht Club has forged a new partnership with another discerning organization, The Spoke Club to form ‘Spoke on the Water’. At a launch event yesterday, Pierre Jutras, the president of Spoke Club, alongside Bill Duron, the Chair of Blockhouse Bay which manages the Island Yacht Club made the partnership official in front of a select group of media. Later in the evening, Spoke Club members were ferried to the island to experience and enjoy the yacht club lifestyle and learn more about what this new partnership offers them. The Island Yacht Club had been around since 1951, but burned down in 2004 much to the dismay of current members at the time. The new Island Yacht Club building was built in 2006.
At the launch event, Guy Maven had the opportunity to enjoy the yacht club experience and enjoy the private grounds that the club sits upon. The main building is truly beautiful, and has an open concept floor plan. It features a large dining room, luxury lounging chairs, expansive bar and delicious food from their kitchen. The property is home to a large heated swimming pool, tennis courts, BBQ areas, access to kayaks and canoes, along with grounds games including croquet, bocce, volleyball and badminton. There are also designated kids areas on the property as well.
It should be noted that perhaps the best part about the Island Yacht Club is the location – a twenty minute tender (ferry) service takes you from Queens Quay to the somewhat isolated island. The land faces West, providing an amazing amount of sunlight throughout the day, and stunning sunsets at night. To the East of the property is a bird sanctuary which will soon feature a couple private and carefully crafted nature paths exclusive to members.