Enhance any Northern Ontario, French River vacation with these impressive packages!
Great gift options for any outdoor enthusiast or combine packages to create the ultimate individual or corporate experience.
Fishing Guide $400
Get Hooked on the French!
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A Day on the Bay $600 - Day Trip
Enjoy the day in the French River and on the Georgian Bay with this exclusive guided boat tour experience!
Travelling by boat from Hartley Bay Marina, you and up to two guests will be taken down the historic French River, through the exhilarating Delta where you will learn about and witness significant tales and relics that make up the history of the French River. The Delta has been known to inspire many artists because of its natural beauty, most notably Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven and is accessible only mainly by canoe and only a few knowledgeable boat operators. Next, you will taken out into the serene waters of the Georgian Bay to explore with a stop (weather permitting) at the Bustard Island lighthouses which are known as one of the most scenic and unspoiled island groups in all of the Georgian Bay. Your group will also be treated a traditional shore lunch with options to fish through out the day. Also an great option for a custom Corporate Northern Ontario Getaway for groups of 5-20 with accommodations and meals. Call for pricing and availability.
Take advantage of this one of a kind opportunity to experience these remote areas of the French River nad Georgian Bay that few have had the pleasure of viewing and enjoying.
Explore on your own activities
Explore on your own in the French River Provincial Park
Be Free to Roam in the French River Provincial Park. The Park spans 110kms from Lake Nipissing to the Georgian Bay with many outlets, channels and rapids along the way.
Reservations are NOT required to camp in the Park! Only a permit is required to camp on any of the designated backcountry camping sites.
Canoe and kayak rentals through Hartley Bay Marina. Call to reserve.
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Multi day Canoe and Kayak rentals (starting at $35 per day)
Paddle where the Voyageurs’ travelled, Stand where they stood, See what they saw!
Call to reserve your canoe or kayak rental to paddle the French River and Georgian Bay.
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Hourly Canoe Rentals ($10/hr), Sit on Top Kayaks ($25/day), or Sea Kayak ($40/day)
If you would like to see what the French River has to offer before committing to a multi day trip, come and try your hand at paddling for a couple of hours in either a canoe or a Sit on Top kayak. Bet you’ll enjoy it!!
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Kayak the French River for Two!
Experience the French River! Join us for the day to paddle the French with our 12ft Sit on Top kayaks and/or 16.6ft Sea Kayaks!! Get outdoors and explore the French River!!
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If sleeping under the stars is not for you, we have Housekeeping Cottage rental packages available as well that include wharfage for your boat or a canoe or kayak rental available with your stay.
Hartley Bay Hiking Trails
Explore the Northern Ontario wilderness that surrounds us in the French River Delta. Two routes have been mapped out, maps are available at HBM Front Office. Both trails are of uneven terrain but doable for all ages. The Ted Lake trail can be accessed by the parking lot in Hartley Bay and could take anywhere between 1 hr and 2 hrs to complete. The Ruth Lake trail can be accessed along Hartley Bay Rd. with parking at the Hartley Bay Gun Club and could take between 1 hr and 2.5 hrs to complete.
Georgian Bay Kayaking
The serene beauty of Georgian Bay is the perfect back drop for any paddler with a love for sea kayaking. The French River Provincial Park, offers a unique kayaking experience, leaving from Hartley Bay Marina and paddling down the main channel to Bass Lake, where a short portage will take you directly into the crystal waters of the Georgian Bay. You get the best of both worlds!!
Points of Interest
Travel the Route of the Voyageurs
Travel exactly where the Voyageurs paddled!! Located down the Western Outlet, the Old Voyageur Channel is said to be where the Voyageurs accessed the Georgian Bay from the French River. This tranquil trail can only be paddled during the times of higher water so do it when you can!! Another option the Voyageurs had was the Black Bay Channel, which runs parallel to it.
Visit one of “Ontario’s Ghost Town’s”, the site of Copenanning
Located below the Dalles Rapids, you will find the site of the village of Copananing, one of Ontario’s Ghost Towns that housed at one time as many as 1500 people during the summer months, when logging was the major industry on the French River. Ruins and relics from this early 1900s settlement, can still be seen scattered along its banks
Bustard Island Lighthouses
These historic Bustard Island lighthouses, built in 1875 to guide boats into the mouth of the French River, can be found on the Georgian Bay rim of the French River Provincial Park. Still functional, but unmanned, these majestic structures add ambience to the beauty of the Georgian Bay and the French River. There are two ways to get there from Hartley Bay Marina: Paddle in either a canoe or kayak. We don’t recommend taking your own boat for the first time, as there is a series of rapids one must boat thru.