The Hartley Bay Marina and the French River Delta 2018 season has winded down - snow has started to fly.
As we draw to an end of the season, we'd like to thank all our guests who have made this one a year to remember. And what a year it has been! The Wildfire Threat from the Forest Fire known as Parry Sound 33 slowed us down a bit in 2018, but we were happy to be unaffected by the fires. Image to right: c/o Denise Williams - Hartley Bay the day of the evacuation.If you have not joined our Facebook page - join now to get tips, announcements and show off your pictures! We are trying to build a You Tube channel also, if you own any YouTube videos please share them with us. With all the other visitors to the region, let's put together some videos and showcase our adventures. Top image c/o Steve Petrisor - Wanapitei River. Image to right c/o David Bussieres - Father and son over looking the French River Aug 2018.
The Wildfire Threat from the Forest Fire known as Parry Sound 33 slowed visitors down a bit. But we're stoked that so many families escaped the concrete jungle to reconnect with nature instead after the fire threat was over. While the forest fires were somewhat unpredictable, we had one of the warmest seasons for the most part.
Our family run marina has provided visitors with the perfect access point to the French River Delta since 1952 and the French River Provincial Park since 1989 and it has been our joy to be a part of some amazing memories made.
Image c/o Amy Ferrari (4th Generation) - THIRD Generation and SIXTH Generation. Boyer Family Cottage. Dry Pine Bay French River September 2018. Ray Thomas Boyer and Ray Thomas Boyer III (aka Tripp- short for triple).
Insider Secrets from Hartley Bay Marina
Did you know you are getting something that most people don’t know at Hartley Bay Marina? The French River is a hidden gem amongst Provincial parks. The laid-back atmosphere makes us popular to people trying to escape the city. Unlike Killarney – we get cell signal on most spots on the French River. Fortunate for us cell service is not a concern whether you are uploading your Facebook with that perfect sunset photo or touching base with home, you are covered. Even accessing emergency services are available. We are just a phone call away when you are off on your adventure and you can get ice and the necessities delivered to your campsite. Or get a pick up from your campsite via our popular Water Taxi if you need a break from paddling - and want to get home quicker. Our water taxi can even take you to some of the most popular portages on the river, if you wish to access Georgian Bay. Image c/o Dave The calm before the storm up on 629. Image c/o Nicole Dubovski- Photo credit goes to my daughter Tiffany Dubovski ..she has so many great shots.
Record low rainfall and warm weather ensured that the bugs weren't sticking around as long as the previous year, but thanks to the bug smarts post we put up earlier in the season, most guests were able to avoid becoming a feast for bugs. Save this article and be prepared for biting insects during your next visit.Photo c/o Tiffany Dubovski: Hiking on the Lighthouse Island July 2018 Water traffic was also much heavier than usual. With the French River National Park becoming ever more popular, we decided to help our guests catch up on paddling etiquette and safety. There are many bigger boats traversing the waters, and following the rules, paddlers can help ensure the safety of everyone. Read our article on paddling and safety. Image c/o Tim Stilson - June of 2018. Heading to B. D. Lodge.
Speaking of traffic, we enjoyed some great wildlife sightings in the French River Delta, including deer, moose, fox and turtles. And yes, even our resident Fox came to work at the office with his pups from time to time delighting visitors.
We also saw some fantastic catches by all our guests which wow'ed the crew at Hartley Bay Marina and Facebook posts showed off monster catches! Image to the right c/o Larry Campo - James Campo in the Bay via Bad River ChannelWith direct access to the French River, Hartley Bay Marina offers easy access to many boat accessible outlets and channels on the river. Remember to renew your fishing licence before you book your next visit when we reopen. However, if you do, you can always get a fishing licence at Canadian Tire Parry Sound (as the closest for people coming from the south).
Become a Hartley Bay Marina VIP for 2019
If you plan on spending a significant amount of time either at your cottage or in the French River Delta relaxing, fishing, and enjoying the best nature has to offer in 2019, consider becoming a seasonal member of Hartley Bay Marina. Embrace the cottage lifestyle complete with prime parking and wharfage of your car and boat for the season, and enjoy exclusive membership benefits and services, including:
Car parking for loading and unloading
Winter storage bays
Chargeable house account with itemized monthly billing
Avoid registration lines on each trip
Optional pre-arrival fuel up – Have your boat ready to go!
Discount on additional seasonal car parking
Cottage Services (additional charge)
Image: c/o Ashley VanderBeek - Bad River Fishing LodgeExperience great outdoor adventures with the comfort of modern conveniences. Whether you want to fish the French River or explore our scenic environment by canoe or kayak, look no further than Hartley Bay Marina.
Image c/o Michael E. LaBar- Lunchtime on the French River. Celebrating 17 yrs coming to the French River with Joe Koontz and newcomer Scott Mikesell. Enjoy your winter, get those paddling and casting muscles ready for Spring! We look forward to seeing you soon!
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