Mariposa Cruises‘ guest Stephanie Duffy recounts her experience aboard the Oriole for the Canada Day long weekend Fireworks Cocktail Cruise on the Toronto harbour.

Toronto Fireworks view from harbourWhether it’s due to plans falling through or rainy weather, it seems that I never get a chance to see fireworks on Canada Day weekend. So when I had the opportunity to book Mariposa Cruises’ Fireworks Cocktail Cruise, I jumped all over it.

Thinking this would make the perfect romantic evening, I suggested the cruise to my boyfriend. He eagerly agreed and asked how long he should pack for, not realizing that the cruise I had mentioned wasn’t a week-long vacation. Although it wasn’t the adventure through the Caribbean he was hoping for, he agreed it would be a fun way to celebrate Canada Day.

During the week leading up to the event, the weatherman warned of thunderstorms on the day of the cruise. Naturally I thought, “Of course… it’s just my luck,” but thankfully by the weekend, my mood brightened since the forecast called for sunny skies.

Friendly staff greeted us as we boarded the Oriole, and headed to the upper level of the boat. The sun had just begun to set behind the city skyline as we set sail around the Toronto harbour. Not seeing Toronto from this viewpoint since I was a child, I almost forgot how beautiful our city really is.

Fireworks Cocktail Cruise aboard the Oriole Sunset during the Fireworks Cocktail Cruise on the Toronto Harbour

With the breeze in my hair, a martini in one hand and my man in the other, I was content. As nightfall set in, we headed down to the main deck for some tasty hors d’oeuvres and a little shelter from the wind.

The DJ took requests as the passengers danced the night away. Parents & children, old & new friends, other couples – it seemed that everyone was having a great time.

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the night came together, especially because my boyfriend, who bores easily, was really glad he came.

With the night winding down, we waited at the bow of the boat anticipating a spectacular show of fireworks – and was it ever!

The sky was illuminated and reflections rippled across the windows of the buildings on the waterfront. It truly was an amazing view.

Fireworks as seen from Mariposa Cruises Fireworks Cocktail Cruise

Shortly after the display had ended, we headed back to shore and eventually, after a street meat craving, we returned home.

I finally got to enjoy the fireworks over Canada Day weekend and I couldn’t think of a better way of spending my Monday night than cruising on Toronto’s Harbour.

To learn more about Mariposa Cruises upcoming special events visit our Special Events Page or go to our Fireworks Cruise page to see when our next Fireworks Cruise is. 

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Stephanie Duffy

About the Author:

Stephanie Duffy is a 24-year-old Public Relations student at Durham College. Although unsure of her next steps after graduation, she expects her life to be anything but boring. With a passion for the arts, a need for world travel and a love for good food, Stephanie enjoys getting out of her comfort zone and experiencing life from new perspectives.