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)
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Confirmed today and updated as of May 30, 2020 - further to message below (sent last week). On Monday June 1, 2020 The French River Provincial Park is open for camping...
Check the Ontario parks website for the most up to date information: https://www.ontarioparks.com/covid19 and list of Provincial Park openings click here: https://www.ontarioparks.com/covid19/backcountry
Advance registration required: 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.
Check-in procedures: backcountry campers will be e-mailed their backountry and vehicle permit. Campers are responsible for having an electronic or printed copy of their permit with them when using the backcountry. A copy of the vehicle permit must be displayed on the dash of the vehicle when parked within a designated area of an operating provincial park.
Starting June 1, 2020 full use of the French River Provincial Park and camping will be permitted. We strongly recommend that you follow the link below up to 2 weeks in advance of arrival to purchase permits online. 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 are trying to ease up on line-ups and gathering in our office to help maintain physical distancing and to follow health and regulation guidelines.
For the time being groups can be no larger than 5 people in size on campsites. Although we are all excited to go camping please keep in mind government led initiatives regarding physical distancing and group size numbers. The fire ban is also lifted.
Cottage rentals are still unavailable at this time but stay tuned; as info comes available we will get it to you.
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.