Bring your Own Boat / Fishing Tours
Your French River Adventure Begins Here
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Slip Rentals - Cottage Rentals - Seasonal Parking - Boat Storage & Boat Service - Canoe rentals - Backcountry Camping
The Palmers of Hartley Bay Marina, have had the privilege of providing access and services to guests visiting the French River Delta and Georgian Bay in the lovely and scenic Northern Ontario, since 1952. Known for its excellent fresh water pickerel (walleye), bass, pike, muskie and crappie fishing, the French River is also famed as Canada’s first Heritage waterway and its canoe routes and historic shorelines became the French River Provincial Park in 1989.
Whether you are launching your boat for a day trip, staying in our traditional fishermen style cottages for a fishing vacation, embracing Canada's Canoe Culture, going on a self-guided canoeing or kayaking excursion, exploring on your own on a backcountry camping paddling trip, or just looking to retreat to your family cottage, the modern facilities at Hartley Bay Marina will be able to suit all of your needs to ensure a great outdoor experience.
To get more out of your outdoors this season, take advantage of our seasonal parking and boat storage rates as well as our canoe rentals. Read our latest article: Life Jacket Safety While Boating - A tribute to Michael Daniel “Mike” Palmer (June 20th, 1946 - February 29th, 2020)
Please come into our Welcome Centre when you arrive
Please note NEW! We are no longer selling campsite permits in person in the store office - they MUST be purchased online prior to your trip.
Visitors must purchase a permit online up to two weeks in advance of the arrival date to camp at this park. Permits are available at: www.OntarioParks.com/reservations. Click here for the Ontario Parks Reservation System (Tab to Backcountry Registration), or to see detailed instructions on how to purchase a permit click here.
Canoe rental reservations can be made by calling 705-857-2038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As part of loading etiquette and to be compliant with physical distancing on the docks, please have gear packed ahead of time.
We will offer a 15 minute loading window and depending on canoe traffic we may have to stagger launches to ensure safe physical distancing.
We no longer offer Valet Parking service at the marina due to the new norms. But our staff will assist you in finding a suitable parking spot for your vehicle.
Boat taxi service is no longer available at this time also.Stop into our Welcome Centre upon your arrival. Please register at the front desk before you go down to the docs or parking (especially new visitors).
Map We have French River Provincial Park maps at the office we can show you when you arrive.
What they are saying....
At Hartley Bay Marina, we deeply value the experiences and feedback of our cherished guests.
Over the years, we've been fortunate to be a part of countless memories and adventures. From family getaways to solo expeditions, our guests have embarked on myriad journeys from our docks. Here in our client reviews section, you'll find authentic testimonials that provide insights into the unparalleled experiences our visitors have had.
Dive in to hear firsthand accounts of fishing tales, tranquil canoe trips, and scenic explorations, all punctuated by the unmatched services and hospitality Hartley Bay Marina offers.
Your adventure could be the next story we celebrate.
“Terrific service. The staff at the marina are very helpful and fast at the launching service. Would recommend them to anyone. It was a pleasure to be able to leave your vehicle & trailer in a secure location at the marina.”
“Fishing partner and I decided to venture into new Ontario waters at The French River (#French River) bass, walleye & pike fishing. We found Hartley Bay Marina cottages. And yes this marina has valet parking… Camping, Fishing, Canoe / Kayak, Guided Tours, Boat Rentals. Give Hartley Bay Marina a chance. I am sure you will not regret the trip.”
“Amazing I've been coming here since I was a baby and the staff at Hartley Bay Marina are always fantastic! It feels like coming home every time. The French River is the best place to catch fish and relax - a must visit!”
“The place to launch a canoe or kayak trip from french river to georgian bay This was my 4th French River excursion but the first time I had launched a kayak trip from the French River to Georgian Bay using Hartley Bay Marina as the launch site. Clean, efficient and very helpful staff assisted the two of us, helped us on the navigation, parked our cars and made us feel very comfortable. The staff was courteous.”
Our family run marina has been providing customers with the perfect access point to the French River Delta since 1952 and the French River Provincial Park since 1989.
Vehicle parking fees are applied by the calendar day.
We also sell gas, bait (worms or minnows depending on the season), ice, confectionary items as well as a few necessary supplies you may have forgotten.
We accept cash, debit or credit (except American Express) for all transactions.