Sailing and boating enthusiasts can find everything they need at the municipal Port Franks Marina, Grand Bend Harbour and Bayfield Marina, which are open from Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend. Boaters can take the “Safe Boater Get Certified Test” at either the Grand Bend or Port Franks marina office. There are also a number of private marinas in the area.
Since 2009, Grand Bend, Port Franks and Bayfield marinas have boasted Blue Flag status. Blue Flag marinas adhere to a code of conduct concerning environmental responsibility, clean water and established and well-practiced marina management.
Grand Bend Sailing SchoolGrand Bend Sailing SchoolContact: Ken Otte
Share that special feeling with your family and friends aboard Hypnautica, a well equipped 36 foot sailing sloop in Grand Bend.
We offer a three hour sailing experience on Lake Huron for up to six people. Your Captain will make sure you have a safe and relaxed experience. We will provide life jackets and beverages.
Learn the basics, get some hands on experience or just relax and enjoy the sail. For those who want to go further we offer the Sail Canada Basic Cruising certification course and Marine Radio course.
About your Captain: RYA Yachtmaster and Sail Canada Basic Cruising Instructor Ken Otte has been sailing for over 20 years. Three of those years were living aboard and skippering charter vessels in the Caribbean. When it comes to sailing/cruising Grand Bend Sailing School can show you the ropes!
|Municipal Marinas||Grand Bend|
91 River Rd.,
May to Oct: 519-238-2000,
Oct to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
7574 Biddulph St.,
May to Oct: 519-243-2354,
Oct to May: 519-243-1400 press 3,
|Operational||April - October|
|April - October|
|April - October|
|Channel Depth||6ft||4 - 10ft||8 - 10ft|
|Dock Depth||6ft||3 - 4ft||9ft|
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|Washrooms / Showers||?||?||?|
|Electrical||30 & 50 amp||20, 30 & 50 amp|
|Public Boat Launch||?||?||?|
|Amenities||Picnic area, Oil, Marine toilet paper, AquaKem||Pavilion, Picnic area, Volleyball Court||Public phone, Shuttle, Picnic area, Canoe & Kayak rentals|
|Visa, M/C, Debit, Cash||?||?|
Life Jacket Facts
Over 90% of people who drowned in recreational boating incidents were not wearing a lifejacket
Most people who drown never intended to be in the water
Many boaters who drown had considered themselves good swimmers
Most drowning happens unexpectedly when small boats capsize or someone falls overboard – leaving your lifejacket behind in the boat or event worse tucked under the bow.
Several private outfitters offer boat cruises out on the lake including Xtreme Water Sports (519-238-5816 or 519-319-4864), Blue Line Fishing (519-318-1102) and Grand Bend Fishing Charters (519-852-3410). Pricing varies by the amount of time you would like to cruise.
Canoes, hydro bikes, paddleboats and single or double kayaks available for rent and use within Pinery Provincial Park Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend (519-243-2220). Canoes, tandem kayaks, standup paddleboards or kayaks and dinghy available for rent from River Adventures Grand Bend (519-868-RAGB) for use on the river or lake.
GRAND BEND HARBOUR/MARINA (BLUE FLAG)
Fees: One-day launch pass $25 (includes parking), seasonal launch pass $300, serviced transient dock $2.30 per foot/day, unserviced transient dock north pier $1.90 per foot/day, personal service pumpout $14.10 (all prices +tax). Oil, marine toilet paper and AquaKem available for purchase.
The marina is walking distance to Grand Bend’s stores and restaurants. Two-hour paid parking is available on River Road. Free daytime and paid overnight boat trailer parking is available in the Ontario Street and Municipal Drive parking lots.
- Bayfield River Cottage Colony & Marina, 19 Fisherman’s Rd. Wharf, 519-565-2632
- Harbour Lights Marina, 27 Chart House Hill, Bayfield, 519-565-5150
- R&R Marina, 9346 Lake Rd., Kettle Point, 519-786-5604
- Seven Winds Marina, 10009 Superior St., Port Franks, 519-243-2900
- South Shore Marina, 1 Lakeshore Lane, 519-565-2110
- Bayfield Yacht Club: bayfieldyachtclub.com, 647-667-9056
- Grand Bend Yacht Club: gbyc.ca, 519-238-6676
- Port Franks Yacht Club: portfranksyachtclub.ca, 519-333-8673
The Wexford Wreck
The Wexford wreck is a 250-foot steam freighter, located 11-kilometres northwest of Grand Bend (GPS: 43° 24? 3.6? N, 81° 53? 17.9988? W). Bound for the Port of Goderich in November 1913, The Wexford was one of eight ships lost with all hands in the worst storm in the Great Lakes recorded history and dubbed the “White Hurricane”. In 2013, a copper wreath created by Goderich blacksmith James Wallace was affixed permanently to the shipwreck’s bow to commemorate 100 years since the tragedy.Learn More
The Linda Hindman Wreck
Retired steamboat tug, the Linda Hindman, was scuttled in 1973 to create a break wall in an effort to protect the shoreline against high water and erosion. Since that time, the stern was visible sitting in about 11 feet of water just offshore near Pioneer Park, Bayfield. With the return of high water beginning around 2018, the stern is no longer visible. The site has become an artificial habitat for marine life.