US-based Freedom Boat Club marked the grand opening of its third and fourth Canadian franchises this month with new locations in Halifax and Toronto. The new franchises join two existing Freedom Boat Club locations in Vancouver, British Columbia, essentially doubling the scope of its Canadian operations.

Located at King’s Wharf in suburban Dartmouth, the Halifax location operates a fleet of four 22ft vessels including a Glastron bowrider, a Wellcraft Fisherman, a Glastron deck boat and a Berkshire pontoon.

The Toronto franchise, operating from the Outer Harbour Marina on the downtown Toronto waterfront,  opens with two vessels in its fleet – a Jeanneau Leader 6.5 cuddy cabin and a Hurricane Sundeck 187 deck boat – with plans to add additional boats in the near future.

“We are very pleased to welcome [these franchisees] to our organisation and we are especially thrilled to expand our presence in the Canadian market,” says Freedom Boat Club president and CEO John Giglio. “Strong demand for club expansion by Canadian boaters has led to the launch of the new Halifax and Toronto locations. We have further expansion planned for the near future.”

Founded in 1989, Freedom Boat Club bills itself as North America’s largest and oldest boat club. Positioned as “an attractive alternative to boat ownership”, the organisation provides members with comparatively affordable access to a combined fleet of more than 1,600 boats split among more than 160 franchised locations continent-wide.