Working at an establishment on the Lower French River, I accessed the river, and left vehicles, at Hartley Bay Marina for nearly twenty years. The service has always been friendly and efficient. It is an excellent place for those wanting to start/end a canoe trip in French River Provincial Park.
Great access point into The French River. Staff and dock guys are very VERY helpful getting the boat into the water. Was a little nervous at first but these guys know what they are doing. Easy access to a few of the other lodges around but will try staying here in 2021 as well. Great service!!!!!
Hartley Bay Marina has been my put-in point for many of my canoeing trips since 1995. Years ago I used to rent canoes there; now I park my car (valet parking is provided!) and launch my canoe ($10 per day parking, $10 launching fee). On weekends the marina can be quite a busy place, but the staff is quite organized and things move very quickly (thanks, Steve!). Because I was at the marina on July 20, 2018, during the mandatory evacuation due to the “Parry Sound 33” fire, the place became a beehive of activity, as so many people were arriving there at the same time, yet everything worked quite smoothly. Camping permits—as well as other supplies and French River maps—can be purchased at the main building. There are some cottages for rent as well. Years ago there was a small train station at Hartley Bay where tourist & their gear could disembark and commence their expeditions on the French River. The station has been gone for decades and I only see very long freight trains passing through Hartley Bay, carrying huge containers. And one more thing: Whenever I come to Hartley Bay Marina, I cannot stop thinking of two kayakers from Poland who in July, 2009 embarked on a kayak trip from Hartley Bay Marina to Ottawa. They paddled the French River, Mattawa River, Lake Nipissing and Ottawa River. It was an amazing trip. Afterwards, I met them and one of the photos they sent me depicted them and their tiny foldable kayak on the dock of Hartley Bay Marina. Two years later, in May, 2011, while kayaking on the Ucayali River in Peru, they were senselessly murdered by local Indians.…
It was my second visit to Hartley Bay Marina in three years. We just came there to load our canoe. The service was very good and there was even valet parking! On weekends this place can get busy, but the staff is very well organized.
I cannot say enough good things about Hartley Bay Marina. They have helped us so much with so many things! The marina facilities are fantastic; clean, well organized and accessible. But what makes this marina so special is the people. The owners James and Mike go above and beyond in every way. They are extremely helpful and trustworthy. We leave our car at their marina as well as our boat, and we could not be happier with the services they have provided. Steve, Dennis and the other guys are so nice and helpful. We have property in the delta of the French River, and I honestly don't know what we would do without Hartley Bay Marina! I highly recommend them!