Queen City Yacht Club (Toronto)

The Queen City Yacht Club (QCYC) is a maritime-themed club based in Toronto, Ontario. It is located on Algonquin Island in the Toronto Islands, and has been a part of Toronto's sailing community since it was founded in 1889. Toronto at the time was known as the "Queen City of the Lake". The original clubhouse was located on the city side of Toronto Harbour, at the foot of York Street.

Queen City Yacht Club
Legal statusactive
Purposeadvocate and public voice, educator and network for recreational and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
AffiliationsBritannia Yacht Club


Edward James Lennox designed the Queen City Yacht Club clubhouse on Lake Street opposite the York street bridge in 1901.[1]

Taken in 1916, a photo in the Library and Archives Canada collection taken from Canada Steamship Lines' Dock at the foot of York Street shows the Queen City Yacht Club (Toronto).[2]

In 1920, dredging in the harbour caused the collapse of that clubhouse and hastened the club's planned move to Sunfish Island (now Algonquin Island).[3]

In 1940-41, the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves scheme for training yacht club members developed the first central registry system.[4]

In 1979 the club acquired T.S.S. Rapids Queen, a passenger steamship built in 1892 as T.S.S. Columbian and hull used as a breakwall against the waves from Toronto Harbour.[5]

In 1991, as part of the club's centennial celebrations, Wayne Lilley wrote Queen City Yacht Club, 1889-1989.[6]

Queen City attracts boaters from around Lake Ontario with events such as the club's annual pig roast. With racing traditions dating back to 1889, members regularly and successfully compete in events such as the Lake Ontario 300, Lake Ontario Short-Handed Series, Women's Keelboat Series, and inter-club regattas.

The Yacht Clubhouse, which was included amongst other buildings of historical and architectural interest, was included in Doors Open Toronto. Built in the traditional style of a yacht club, the great hall of the clubhouse is suited for entertainment and meetings.[7]


The QCYC has reciprocal agreements with other yacht clubs, e.g., Britannia Yacht Club.


  1. ^ http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1445 Edward James Lennox Dictionary of Architects in Canada
  2. ^ http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/ourl/res.php?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&url_tim=2012-07-14T13%3A48%3A16Z&url_ctx_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Actx&rft_dat=3289200&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2Fcollectionscanada.gc.ca%3Apam&lang=eng[permanent dead link] Andrew Merrilees / Library and Archives Canada
  3. ^ http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/ourl/res.php?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&url_tim=2012-07-14T13%3A49%3A54Z&url_ctx_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Actx&rft_dat=3287399&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2Fcollectionscanada.gc.ca%3Apam&lang=eng[permanent dead link] Collapse of the Queen City Yacht Club Credit: Andrew Merrilees / Library and Archives Canada
  4. ^ http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/ourl/res.php?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&url_tim=2012-07-14T14%3A20%3A40Z&url_ctx_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Actx&rft_dat=893484&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2Fcollectionscanada.gc.ca%3Apam&lang=eng[permanent dead link] Royal Canadian Naval Reserve - Scheme for Training Yacht Club Members
  5. ^ "Scanner, v. 11, n. 1 (October 1978) : Ship of the Month No. 77 Rapids Queen".
  6. ^ Wayne Lilley Queen City Yacht Club, 1889-1989 (Toronto : Overleaf Design, 1991).
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Doors Open Queen City Yacht Club (Toronto)

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Coordinates: 43°38′49″N 79°22′30″W / 43.64694°N 79.37500°W / 43.64694; -79.37500