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705-857-2038 or email hartleybay@xplornet.com  -  2870 Hartley Bay Rd., French River, Ontario P0M1A0 View on map 
HOURS:  Open June 11, 2021 - 8am - 6pm Monday - Thursday, 7am - 9pm Friday -  Sunday. Open for overnight camping / launch open until Oct. 31, 2021 We are taking new bookings for the summer for the cottages and canoes. Please phone our office to get into the booking season.

Tips on The French River

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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Kids Camping on The French River

kids camping

We welcome kids of all ages

Parents across Canada are looking for ways to tear their children away from the screens and encourage them to engage in real life and there's no better way to do it than taking your kids camping on the French River via Hartley Bay Marina.

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Girl Power: What I’ve Learned From Camping Without a Man

Solo Camping by Nature...

I love nature. I just can’t get enough. While many women would not imagine heading into the wild without a man, I sometimes just NEED to get out and I usually can’t find anyone that can go when I can go. But also I’ve observed that we are stuck in a culture where women are working hard, and often feel unable to do stuff on our own.

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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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