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)
Come into our Welcome Centre when you Arrive
New info as of today from Parks Ontario. Don’t pack your bags just yet. Although June 1st is a tentative date for camping opening, the key word is tentative and things are changing hourly. So stay tuned. Check updates on our website. Until given clear guidance by Parks Ontario – as soon as we know you will know. With these ever changing times, we want to let people know June 1st is the earliest possible opening. We are still waiting for the Go Ahead from the Ministry of Health and the French River Provincial Park. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to inform all our loyal friends, family and guests that we will be closed to the public until June 1, 2020. 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.