COSMOS Yacht Charters offers a variety of adventure sailing cruises aboard a modern luxury yacht with affordable and flexible pricing plans. Our adventures include Sunset Dinner Cruises, Romantic Weekend Getaways, Day Excursions, Overnight Star Gazing, ECO Tours, Cruise and Learn, Corporate Events, and Week-Long or longer cruises.
When it comes to fresh water sailing, here you’ll find the best sailing in the world. Enjoy Georgian Bay sailing, the North Channel or a 30,000 islands cruise. Our sailing adventures are an ideal gift for celebrating: Anniversaries, Birthdays, Weddings, Graduations, Business/Personal Milestones, Retirement, Congratulations, a Thank-you or any special occasion where you want to provide an exceptional and most memorable experience.
WHY CHOOSE US? Our clients, true lovers of nature and the outdoors, consistently rate our service a 9 or better out of 10 – meaning we exceed their expectations. Our personalized sailing cruises satisfy their inner needs to be intimate with nature, experience wildlife in their natural habitat, and enjoy the great outdoors in serene settings within two spectacular Canadian National Parks, while still enjoying the creature comforts of home.
Our clients have a love and intrigue with sailing. They consistently seek and experience the calming effect from being on the water and frequently comment on their spiritual awakening – the ‘soothing of one’s soul’ as described by many. They always express their appreciation for our respect for the environment, the value of worry-free and safe cruising given our notable safety record, and our devoted attention to their peaceful and relaxing enjoyment.
GEORGIAN BAY / NORTH CHANNEL YACHT RENTALS ONTARIO: Our Midland, Ontario sailboat rental business is all about our deepest passion for showing guests an extraordinary sailing experience in the largest fresh water archipelago in the world – the 30,000 Islands! Joining us means making your own discovery aboard a luxury yacht at your own pace in this unpolluted pristine natural environment and distinctive landscape and scenery that inspired the world renowned ‘Group of Seven’ painters. Moreover, Georgian Bay has many national and international designations attesting to its uniqueness and special place on Earth. Midland, Ontario is situated on Southern Georgian Bay and is a neighboring town to historic Penetanguishene. Penetanguishene and surrounding area will be hosting many 200th year commemorations for the War of 1812 during 2012.
In particular, the Penetanguishene historic Discovery Harbour will be hosting special events throughout 2012. As indicated above, we have a variety of Georgian Bay yacht charters and in the North Channel. With our unique client centered approach, we offer such a variety so our guests are able to choose an Ontario boat charter cruise that will be perfect for them! Whether you want to enjoy our very popular Sunset Dinner Cruise, our Romantic Weekend Getaway, a Day Excursion, a Teaching Charter, a Star Gazing cruise, or an ECO Tour – we can provide! Essentially we offer a constellation of possibilities for your enjoyment!
For more information about our relaxing sailing cruises, see our ITINERARY section.
In addition, you have the flexibility to bring your own provisioning, or just relax and let us take care of all that for you. If you choose to have us take care of provisioning, we survey you for your food and beverage preferences. Our ‘Chef Option’ will provide a detailed menu plan of gourmet meals that you can approve in advance of your ‘All Inclusive’ COSMOS Georgian Bay yacht charter.
At COSMOS Yacht Charters, we pride ourselves on flexibility and personalized sailing cruises – the hallmark of our success! We welcome your input for your itinerary and your menu plan so we can exceed your expectations! We have strategically located our Summer season operation since 2006 out of Midland, Ontario, at the Bay Port Yachting Centre so that we are only an 80 minute drive to our marina from Toronto. You can take your Georgian Bay Ontario sailboat rental closer to home than you think! During the Winter months, we operate out of Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands & the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.
GEORGIAN BAY Georgian Bay is a large northeastern extension of Lake Huron separated from Lake Huron by Manitoulin Island and by the Bruce Peninsula and forms part of the old voyageur’s trading route from Montreal to the northwest. Georgian Bay is also home of the renowned 30,000 Islands, which harbour unlimited possibilities for overnight anchorages, stretching from Parry Sound to Midland, Ontario. At the south end of the Bay, there are hundreds of great anchorages within close proximity from our Charter Base. Most notably, Beausoleil Island, a National Park of Canada, has many secluded anchorages with sandy beaches and many miles of hiking trails to explore the Island and its wildlife.
These near-by anchorages are ideal for Full-day, Half-day, Weekend, and Overnight charters. The well marked Small Craft Channel meanders all around Georgian Bay providing thousands of protected places to anchor along its route. As an alternative to traversing the Channel, guests can enjoy an exhilarating sail on the open waters of Georgian Bay. Did you know Georgian Bay….
NORTH CHANNEL (MANITOULIN ISLAND): The North Channel of Lake Huron encompasses the northern shores of Manitoulin Island to the southern shores of the mainland. It is recognized as a boater paradise by many boating magazines and boating elite, with over thousands of islands and countless secluded coves, bays and inlets. Towns, marinas and resorts dot the vast stretches of wilderness shoreline in one of the top five freshwater sailing areas of the world.
This trip introduces guests to North America’s only fjord, Baie Finn, a ten-mile long fjord surrounded by solid white quartzite of the Cloche Mountain range that is one of the oldest ranges on the planet. It extends from Mt. McBean in the West, to Killarney Provincial Park on the East. The Cloche Mountain range was once as high as the Rocky Mountains. Over millions of years of erosion, all the other rocks have weathered away thus exposing the solid white quartzite. One million years ago, the ice age, advancing and retreating four times over, scoured the quartzite peaks, stripping them of soil, grinding and scarring their surfaces, and leaving behind sand, gravel, and boulders.
The North Channel is also home of the world famous Benjamin Islands, where some of the oldest rocks on earth have been dated. The many islands of pink granite rocks combined with the luster of the white quartz mountain range makes for breathtaking landscapes that inspired the Group of Seven painters. Guests would need to book a minimum of a one week charter in order have adequate time to sail to the North Channel from our Charter Base at the Bay Port Yachting Centre in Midland, Ontario.
Alternatively, COSMOS Yacht Charters can arrange for your charter to start and end in the North Channel (Killarney, Little Current, Gore Bay) depending on yacht availability. Advanced reservations are needed.
CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS: U.S. & BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS The U.S. & British Virgin Islands include Tortola, Norman, Peter, Salt, Cooper, Beef, Marina Cay, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda & Gorda Sound, Anegada, St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The Virgin Islands were formed almost 100 million years ago, when volcanic eruptions forced the undersea crust above the ocean’s surface. Today, The Virgin Islands community is dedicated to protecting the beauty of the islands’ natural environment, while allowing visitors to enjoy the territory’s pristine wonder. Visitors come to The Virgin Islands to savour the steady, gentle trade winds, glorious sunshine, clear waters and spectacular coral reefs.
LEEWARD ISLANDS The Leeward Islands include St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante.
The climate is tropical with an average temperature of 27 Celsius. Temperatures have been known to rise to 33 Celsius during the hot season (May to October) but the low humidity and constant breezes make for enjoyable vacation weather.
WINDWARD ISLANDS The Windward Islands include Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Martinique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Of volcanic origin, the islands are generally rugged, mountainous and well forested with many streams and lakes and an equable climate with ample rainfall. The islands are largely inhabited by descendants of Africans, who were brought as slaves during the colonial period. The culture varies from island to island, but the French influence is particularly strong.