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9 Expert Tips for Camping in the Fall

9 Expert Tips for Camping in the Fall

Winter is fast approaching, and with that, the annual closing of Hartley Bay Marina, on October 31st. That leaves you with a small window of opportunity to enjoy a few more days and nights of camping in the French River Provincial Park.

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Northern Ontario Pickerel (Walleye) & Pike Fishing Tips

pickerel fishing

Spring is open season for Pickerel and Pike and Victoria Day weekend saw some fantastic catches. 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.

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Checklist: Summer Camping Trip Packing Essentials

Summer Camping Trip Packing Essentials

Here at Hartley Bay Marina, we have welcomed campers for years, and we've seen what makes for a successful camp, and what doesn't. Every seasoned camper has his or her own preferences of what they need on a camping trip, but it takes quite a few trips to really find the right balance. You can only bring so much in your pack, and you want to include items that enhance your trip, rather than weigh you down.

aIn this article, we're going to cover some of the essentials. Note: this is not a be all and end all list. Just some things we notice people often forgetting over the years when they arrive at our shop.

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Spring Fishing

Spring Fishing

Are You Ready for Spring Fishing in Northern Ontario?

The days are getting longer and there's a certain excitement in the air. Here at Hartley Bay Marina, we can already see how Mother Nature is starting to shed her winter coat in favour of something new and fresh. The wildlife is more exuberant and we're already seeing signs of new life

The excitement for spring fishing in Northern Ontario is palpable everywhere you look.

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Top 10 things about Paddling the French River!

Top 10 things about Paddling the French River

Get more out of your French River paddling experience with these great tips!

An epic Northeastern Ontario Paddling Experience!”

You may already know about the great fishing in French River, but did you know that there are Pukaskwa pits found here in the French River Delta? If you didn’t know about that, here are 10 things that you might not know about paddling routes in the historic French River in Northeastern Ontario.

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Become One with Nature on a French River Canoe Trip

French River Canoe Trip

Becoming One with Nature 

Our canoe trip began with the warm glow of the sun shining on my faded tent walls and the sounds of morning birds singing their melodic songs to each other from above in the treetops. It was still cold from the night before as I lay sheltered in the warmth of my sleeping bag not daring to slide the zipper and let in the cold morning air.

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French River access through Hartley Bay Marina

French River access through Hartley Bay Marina

French River access through Hartley Bay Marina open for the season!!

Ice and snow are gone!!! The summer season has begun!!!

Even though fishing doesn’t start until the third Saturday of May, we have been busy getting boats ready and in the water for those early comers eager to get French River access.

After such a long and cold winter we are just as eager to see you all too!

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What's New

  • 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
  • Hartley Bay Paddling Separation Anxiety +

    Feeling sad? You might have paddling separation anxiety! As the cold winter is getting its icy grip into Canada, paddlers Read More
  • Paddling and Boaters +

    Paddling and Boating Etiquette Few things beat paddling around the French River with its magnificent scenery and it is a Read More
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