Welcome to Hartley Bay Marina on the scenic and historic French River in Northern Ontario
Slip Rentals - Cottage Rentals - Seasonal Parking - Boat Storage & Boat Service - Canoe rentals - Bckcountry 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)
Attention Canoeists: Early Spring Canoeing on the Lower French River can be dangerous due to high water levels. Please be aware of the following hazards:
• Water levels may be particularly high, causing normally calm waters to become raging rapids.
• Rapids may occur in locations not shown on The French River map.
• True rapids on the map can be extremely hazardous.
Remember, the characteristics of The French River can change drastically as water levels rise. If the water is abnormally high following spring runoff, normally calm stretches of the river can become turbulent and dangerous. Currents may become heavy in some areas, and only skilled kayakers or canoeists with flotation bags should attempt to paddle the river.
Campsites in low-lying areas can become flooded, and debris can make navigation difficult. Upstream from falls, such as Dallas Rapids, conditions can become extremely dangerous due to the force of currents forcing their way by rocks and obstructions.
Before embarking on a canoe trip on The French River, please check the water conditions and be aware of these hazards. Your safety is our top priority at Hartley Bay Marina.
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.
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).
We have French River Provincial Park maps at the office we can show you when you arrive.