Thorncrest Outfitters, Tobermory

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  • We had rented a cottage in China Cove road, Tobermory and wanted kayaks to use. Thorncrest Outfitters were fantastic to deal with. Sandra had taken our booking by phone and called us back with all...  more »
  • Perfect place to rent a sea kayak: all equipment in good shape, explanation and review done with the customer. The shop is in a cosy charming house juste next to the harbour. Very convenient!  more »
  • In the week we were in Tobermory, we rented from Thorncrest two times, first, for a casual paddle around the harbour and to see some shipwrecks, the second time for a more adventurous day-long paddle to the Grotto and back. We had excellent service both times. The staff were friendly and safety conscious, and gave us good advice about wind direction and waves/swell. For our longer trip, they accommodated our need to get out on the water early, since it was a 7-hour trip, and they suggested we file a float plan with the Coast Guard which was great advice that we followed, as Georgian Bay can be unpredictable. Their boats were in excellent shape. Whether you're looking to try sea kayaking for the first time, or are an experienced paddler, I wouldn't hesitate to rent from Thorncrest.
  • I think they take advantage of the almost monopoly situation. So not really a bad service but they could be more considerate. Why no hourly rental? However, they did make us get wet suits for the cold water safety. Caring? Not sure. Later I realized, No one else was in the water with a Kayak. So I wondered later why they allowed us at all when other kayak rentals are still closed. But the worst part. The new guy forgot to give us life jackets! We went into water and realized we were missing them so we had to return to get them. Will I never use them again? Not sure. Because not many choices around and rates are reasonable. Make sure you are an experienced kayaker before using their service.

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