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The French River is a Hidden Gem

Visitors to the French River Provincial Park agree that it is a hidden gem amongst provincial parks in Northern Ontario and other regions of Canada. While our country is a wonderful place for outdoors adventure - and maybe we’re just a little bit biased - home is where the heart is. If you’re fortunate enough to call The French River Provincial Park your second home, you will probably agree with the sentiments of other visitors to Hartley Bay Marina.

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Tips for Safe Camping (Without Starting a Forest Fire)

tips safe camping without starting forest fireNothing beats sitting around a campfire, roasting s’mores, strumming a guitar and singing and laughing and reminiscing with friends and family. There’s something about a campfire that warms up weary bones after a long day’s hiking and fosters lifelong memories. However, if you don’t pay caution, a campfire can ruin your trip.

 

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Dreaming of a Spring Camping Trip?

Winter is the time to start planning for the epic trip of a lifetime!

spring camping trip While most of us are sitting in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate and flipping through our phones, looking at pictures of our last camping trips of the season, some die-hards are out there in the snow, donning long johns and drowning out the hypothermia with alcohol… Huge respect to those guys!

 

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Travelling Souls of the Old Voyageurs Channel

Old Voyageurs ChannelIt was a relatively windy day in May. I tried to figure out a great excursion that would bypass the bad gusty spring winds coming off Georgian Bay, funnelling up The French River from the South. Usually, I would try to get out from Hartley Bay Marina to the Bustard Islands on Georgian Bay to hunker down for a few nights this time of year, but not today. 

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Exploring Parks: A Truly Canadian Thing

Exploring Ontario ParksWhen the snow starts to melt and the days become longer, it's the perfect time to start planning your first getaway for summer. And what's more fun than exploring parks? Canada is home to fantastic provincial parks that promise adventure for old and young:

·         French River Provincial Park

·         Grundy Lake Provincial Park

·         Mashkinonje Provincial Park

·         Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park

Let's look what you'll find when you take a trip into the wild outdoors.

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Hartley Bay Paddling Separation Anxiety

Feeling sad? You might have paddling separation anxiety!

Paddling Separation AnxietyAs the cold winter is getting its icy grip into Canada, paddlers and boaters are feeling sad (as well as Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)). They are missing the solitude of paddling the wide open waters of the French River and Georgian Bay and the beautiful surrounds. It's understandable, as there's no place on earth quite so tranquil and spectacular...

Paddling Separation Anxiety (PSA) is a serious psychiatric condition that affects many paddlers. It can be contracted anywhere, but after they've been to Hartley Bay Marina, they are guaranteed to be afflicted during winter. The condition is acute and curable only by regular paddling trips to Hartley Bay Marina.

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Paddling and Boaters

Paddling and Boating Etiquette

Paddling and BoatersFew things beat paddling around the French River with its magnificent scenery and it is a relaxing experience unlike any - provided everyone follows the unwritten river etiquette rules everyone is happy on our crowded waterways. As with everything in life, a little bit of respect goes a long way to keeping the peace and ensuring a smooth flow of traffic.  For the safety and enjoyment of everyone using the river, it is important to keep in mind courtesy and guidelines outlined on this page. 

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Bug Smarts – What to know before you Go…

 Mosquitoes and other biting insects on the French River 

Hartley Bay Marina welcomes you and so do the insects

Not only are there s’moores campfires, but there are also biting insects! This fall the insects especially mosquitoes are still out there due to a very rainy season...

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Emergency Bailout Dry Bag

How to Pack an Emergency / Bailout Dry Bag for Your French River Kayaking

How to Pack an Emergency / Bailout Dry Bag for Your French River Kayaking Trip 

Few things rejuvenate body, mind, and soul quite like French River kayaking... It provides the perfect opportunity to  the open waters of this kayaker's paradise, which leads to Georgian Bay with its easily navigable waters. With very little vegetation and soil along the coastline, paddlers get to enjoy the spectacular views or pristine blue waters, gnarled trees, windswept islands and the thousands of small granite islands. More experienced paddlers steer out towards the less sheltered channels and open crossings leading to open bays and distant islands.

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What's New

  • The French River is a Hidden Gem +

    Visitors to the French River Provincial Park agree that it is a hidden gem amongst provincial parks in Northern Ontario Read More
  • Tips for Safe Camping (Without Starting a Forest Fire) +

    Nothing beats sitting around a campfire, roasting s’mores, strumming a guitar and singing and laughing and reminiscing with friends and Read More
  • Dreaming of a Spring Camping Trip? +

    Winter is the time to start planning for the epic trip of a lifetime! While most of us are sitting Read More
  • Travelling Souls of the Old Voyageurs Channel +

    It was a relatively windy day in May. I tried to figure out a great excursion that would bypass the Read More
  • Exploring Parks: A Truly Canadian Thing +

    When the snow starts to melt and the days become longer, it's the perfect time to start planning your first Read More
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