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 kayak rentals and canoe rentals. Read our latest article: Life Jacket Safety While Boating - A tribute to Michael Daniel “Mike” Palmer (June 20th, 1946 - February 29th, 2020)
Come into our Welcome Centre when you Arrive
Instructions on how to obtain a French River backcountry permit on the Ontario Parks Reservation System
New for 2018 - camping permits are available within 14 days of start of trip at ontarioparks.com. Click here for the Ontario Parks Reservation System
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. Or order a map online by clicking here: French River Maps.