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705-857-2038 or email hartleybay@xplornet.com  -  2870 Hartley Bay Rd., French River, Ontario P0M1A0 View on map 
Temporarily Closed - We are postponing our opening to the general public until the end of provincial lockdown measures. We are taking new bookings for the summer for the cottages. Please phone our office to get into the booking season.

Terrific service. The staff at the marina are very helpful and fast at the launching service. Would recommend them to anyone. It was a pleasure to be able to leave your vehicle & trailer in a secure location at the marina.

- BruceOnt_Canada

Amazing I've been coming here since I was a baby and the staff at Hartley Bay Marina are always fantastic! It feels like coming home every time. The French River is the best place to catch fish and relax - a must visit!

- Hanzabelle

We used Hartley Bay Marina as our start and end points for a four day low French River canoe trip over the 2015 May long weekend. The staff were superb. Very friendly people showed us where to park while we unloaded our gear and then took our car and parked it for us...

- Bryan B

the place to launch a canoe or kayak trip from french river to georgian bay This was my 4th French River excursion but the first time I had launched a kayak trip from the French River to Georgian Bay using Hartley Bay Marina as the launch site. Clean, efficient and very helpful staff assisted the two of us, helped us on the navigation, parked our cars and made us feel very comfortable. The staff was courteous.

- Mlangill

Fishing partner and I decided to venture into new Ontario waters at The French River (#French River) bass, walleye & pike fishing. We found Hartley Bay Marina cottages. And yes this marina has valet parking… Camping, Fishing, Canoe / Kayak, Guided Tours, Boat Rentals. Give Hartley Bay Marina a chance. I am sure you will not regret the trip.

- Cali G

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Recap of the 2018 season at Hartley Bay Marina!!!
THE FRENCH RIVER DELTA Fall Wind down.


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.
 
We will be re-opening on May 1, 2019. Book your reservation for a cabin or canoe now if you are planning your 2019 summer holiday. Get your pick of a cabin before the busy summer season hits in 2019 and make sure to reserve our canoes early on. See our new page on our cabin gallery so you can pick your favorite cabin by interior. Click Here to see cabin interiors.  Also due to many inquiries in the office, we also added a gallery of canoes and kayaks so you can see what they look like. Don't wait until we are sold out! As soon as you decide when want to come  just email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call: 705-857-2038 (any time of the year). During this time, we will be working on ways to make your next stay even more amazing than the last, and reminiscing on what made 2018 special.What's New?Did you know you can now make reservations online for The French River 2 weeks in advance in 2019? Here are instructions on how to make a reservation. Or Visit the Ontario Parks - Interior Online Reservation System (though we have been told without instructions it's hard to navigate). The site is for payment of Interior permit fees for up to two weeks prior to your arrival date. Don't forget this year we started selling French River Provincial Park Maps online (including shipping) to Canadian and American visitors. However you can still buy them also from MEC. Image c/o Paul Annan - My father teaching his grandson the route in to Green Island.
 
2018 Highlights
 
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: 
Luggage handling
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!
 
Sincerely,
The Palmers
 
 

Relevant Articles 

Bug Smarts – What to know before you Go…
Paddling and boat etiquette and safety
Tips for camping in the fall

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Thank you for making the most of your Canada 150 with Hartley Bay Marina on The French River and/or Georgian Bay! Discover one of Canada’s most celebrated national parks - The French River Provincial Park. Discover and ask about our heritage, natural spaces and explore our area's rich history in 2019. There is something for everyone! 
Celebrate >400 years since French explorer Samuel de Champlain paddled these waters and discovered the French River.  The friendly relations he established with the indigenous people in the area were crucial in the development of the routes used during the fur trade. You can travel where he traveled. Ask about the wilderness that is around us and the history of what it was like before! 

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