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 and Port Franks 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.
For those combining boating with diving, The Wexford wreck is a 250-foot freighter, located 11 kilometres northwest of Grand Bend (GPS: N43 23.78 W81 53.19). Bound for the Port of Goderich in November 1913, The Wexford was one of eight ships lost in the worst storm in the Great Lakes recorded history and dubbed the “White Hurricane”. Dive Ontario (diveontario.com) is a good starting point for finding a scuba club planning a dive to the Wexford.
Pinery Provincial Park
Rent canoes, hydro bikes and kayaks for use within in the park. Rental building is near the Park Store.
Grand Bend Harbour/Marina (Blue Flag)
91 River Road / 519-238-2000 / email@example.com
- Coordinates: 42 18 83 N / -81 46 09 W
- Channel Depth: 6 feet
- Dock Depth: 6 feet
- Monitor – VHF Channel: 68
- Amenities: 35 transient slips, 30 seasonal slips, gas dock (diesel), public washrooms, pump out, electrical – 30 & 50 amp, internet, shuttle service, public boat launch, laundry facilities, showers, ice.
Port Franks Harbour/Marina (Blue flag)
7574 Biddulph Street / 519-243-2354 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coordinates: 43 14 75 N / 81 55 59 W
- Channel Depth: 4 -10 feet
- Dock Depth: 3 – 4 feet
- Monitor – VHF Channel: 68
- Amenities: 2 transient slips, 70 seasonal slips, public washrooms, pump out, electrical, internet, public boat launch, showers, ice, pavilion & picnic area, park, volleyball court.
Village of Bayfield Marina (Blue Flag)
Long Hill Road / 519-565-2233 / email@example.com
- Coordinates: 43 34 10 N / 81 42 32 W
- Channel Depth: 8-10 feet
- Dock Depth: 8 feet
- Monitor – VHF Channel 68 & 16″
- Amenities: 20 transient slips, 60 seasonal slips, gas & diesel, washrooms & showers, pump out, electrical – 15, 30 & 50 amp, internet, shuttle service, public boat launch, picnic area & tables, ice.
- Bayfield River Cottage Colony & Marina, 19 Fisherman’s Rd. Wharf, 519-565-2632
- Harbour Lights Marina, 27 Chart House Hill, Bayfield, 519-565-5150
- Light House Marine, 7604 Biddulph St., Port Franks, 519-243-2701
- Put in Cove, 7625 Biddulph St., Port Franks, 519-243-0700
- R&R Marina, 9346 Lake Rd., Kettle Point, 519-786-5604
- Seven Winds Marina, 10009 Superior St., Port Franks, 519-243-3900
- South Shore Marina, 1 Lakeshore Lane, 519-565-2110
Local Boating & Fishing Providers
Grand Bend ParasailGrand Bend ParasailContact: Lee Marcoux
Established in Grand Bend Ontario, Canada in 2012. Parasail over beautiful Lake Huron, Grand Bend Beach. Our staff have a combined 15+ years experience in Parasailing and watersports.
Captain – Lee Marcoux is a Canadian born avid water sportsman mainly growing up in the Caribbean. Working on yachts and living aboard his sailboat with his young family. Lee is versed in the safety aspects and can easily read the wind, wave, weather conditions that can be fast changing. Worked as a “Rigger” (inspection and repair of gear) in the Skydiving industry for many years inspecting parachutes, maintenance and packing chutes. An accomplished B.A.S.E. Jumper with over a 1000 jumps to date and many students over the 12 year period. This gives Grand Bend Parasail the leading edge in safety and the ability to instruct passengers and Crew professionally & check Parachutes and gear for wear. Captain Lee has acquired the regulated Commercial Captains license’s through Transport Canada’s required courses.
Captain Carlos Ramos- An avid Skydiver and Videographer and years of experience working parsail boats here and in the Caribbean. Carlos has been with Grand Bend Parasail from near the beginning and has accumulated a huge amount of experience and has gone through his Transport Canada Regulated courses. When not at work, you’ll always find Carlos on the water, sailing and living the life aboard his sailboat. Or possibly at the Drop Zone in Grand Bend skydiving!
Crew/First Mates- Andrew Puerto and Callum Rollings were an perfect fit and match with Grand Bend Parasail. With a few seasons of training and experience, their knowledge of parachutes and parasailing have excelled and are able to understand the demands of different chutes used for various weights/wind conditions of the day. Great energy and fun at all times on board! They also have a great eye for Photo’s/video which makes for an invaluable part of this operation.