Gibraltar Point Lighthouse – A ghostly and murderous tale

Approaching-the-Gibraltar-Point-Lighthouse-by-boatIf you were to cruise through the island waterways of Toronto’s island this Halloween night, you might feel a chill creep down your spine as you approached the silhouette of a vacant stone light-house with a vibrant red roof shrouded behind the foliage that stretches down to the shore’s edge.

As you first approach the lonesome structure sitting on the western tip of the Toronto Islands from the waterways, you might notice that the 82 foot lighthouse uncharacteristically sits just barely above the treeline with the odd tree stretching well above it. The overgrowth of vegetation giving the lighthouse an obstructed view is a clear indication that the structure has gone unused for several decades. In fact, it has been over half a century since the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1958.

Completed in 1808, this is the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest standing structure in Toronto. Before it was retired, it was Toronto’s oldest landmark that was used for its original purpose. The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is full of history…mystery… and the first unsolved murder in Toronto.  (more…)

Meet the Crew – Cruise Manager Amar Alsbayi

Meet-the-CrewAt Mariposa Cruises we strive to exceed expectations and provide our guests with the highest levels of quality and service. It’s what sets us apart from our competition and why we are recognized as Toronto’s best recreational cruise by Consumer Choice Award and voted one of the top attractions in Toronto by Trip Advisor. It would be impossible to achieve this without the dedication and hard work that each of our team members exemplifies. For this reason, we want to celebrate our team members and let you get to know them a little bit better.

This month we would like to introduce you to Cruise Managers Amar Alsbayi.


Girls’ Brunch on the Toronto Harbour

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Jane High retells her experience aboard the Klancy II for a girls’ weekend brunch with her sister, cousin and friend.

Klancy II_5304If you’re looking for a great brunch place with awesome scenery, look no further than Mariposa Cruises!

I went on one of Mariposa’s brunch cruises with my sister, Katie, my cousin Lindsay, who was in town visiting from Ottawa, and my friend Caitlin, who is getting married in a few weeks and whose fiancé was having his bachelor party at their home that day (I had strict instructions to keep her occupied for the day). Katie, Caitlin, and I are all from Toronto and figured we had seen and done it all at this point. Lindsay has been to visit several times, but hadn’t seen much of the Toronto waterfront. (more…)

In the Galley: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Quinoa Stuffing

If you are looking to serve up something a little different this Thanksgiving, Chef Gus has the perfect recipe for you in our second edition of In the Galley with Mariposa Cruises.

This Thanksgiving recipe is gluten free and can be used to stuff your turkey or acorn squash, or you can simply serve it as a side dish.

Without further ado, here is Chef Gus’ Thanksgiving quinoa with sweet potato and dried cranberry stuffing.

4-5 Servings


A Fun Party Aboard The Z103.5 Boat Cruise

Mariposa Cruises’ guest Sarah Mangat writes about her experience on board the Z103.5 boat cruise party on the Captain Matthew Flinders on the Toronto Harbour.

Z103-boat-cruise-partyI was born and raised in the GTA and yet never seemed to find the time to really enjoy its beauty, so when I came across Mariposa Cruises’ Z103.5 boat cruise I was excited to attend an amazing party and to experience views of Toronto from the water!  I quickly phoned a girlfriend who is always up for something new and fun to do and we eagerly awaited the night of the party. (more…)