The Hartley Bay Marina and the French River Delta 2017 season is winding down October 31st, 2017.
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! (Image above C/O Karen Palmer - Wannipatae River and Image Right c/o Jason Haggard of the Boys)
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 2017 special.
Did you know you can now make reservations online for The French River? Visit the Ontario Parks - Interior Online Reservation System. The site is for payment of Interior permit fees for up to two weeks prior to your arrival date.
Next year we will be selling French River Provincial Park Maps online (including shipping) to Canadian and American visitors. This year there was a shortage of maps due to popularity of The French River - however you can still buy them from MEC this year.
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.
Campers and paddlers came out in droves to celebrate Canada 150 with us in the great outdoors, and it was an honor to meet so many nature lovers. It was one of our busiest years to date and we're stoked that so many families are escaping the concrete jungle to reconnect with nature instead. While the weather was somewhat unpredictable, we had lovely, warm days for the most part. (Thanks to James Palmer's daughter for the spectacular picture of the bass to the right!)
Record rainfall has ensured that the bugs stuck around much longer than we wanted them to be, 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.
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. (Sunset Kayak Picture c/o Westley McDonald)
Speaking of traffic, we enjoyed some great wildlife sightings in the French River Delta, including deer, moose, fox and turtles. Even our resident Fox came to work at the office from time to time delighting visitors. (Image right c/o Wesley McDonald).
Kenny Smith (to the right) was lucky to hook a monster Pike while staying in our cabins. We also saw some fantastic catches by all our guests which wow'ed the crew at Hartley Bay Marina.
With 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). Also read our article on Northern Ontario Pickerel (Walleye) & Pike Fishing Tips.
Become a Hartley Bay Marina VIP for 2018
If you plan on spending a significant amount of time either at your cottage or in the French River Delta relaxing, fishing (Thanks Brad Beselaere for the monster catch pic to the right), and enjoying the best nature has to offer in 2018, 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)
Experience 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. (Thank you Tracy Lynn Ansley for the pic of Magic Hour on Hartley Bay)
Take advantage of your last week of camping in the French River National Park before winter's cold temperatures drive you indoors (October 31st we close down for the season). We look forward to seeing you soon!
Bug Smarts – What to know before you Go…
Paddling and boat etiquette and safety
Tips for camping in the fall