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Port of Entry
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Toronto, the capital of Ontario and the largest metropolis in Canada, is a vibrant and culturally diverse city with a population of roughly three million. Toronto's downtown is the heart of the Canadian financial sector and supports dozens of unique ethnic districts and cultural centres. Toronto spreads over more than 40 km of shoreline and 630 square kilometers; the Greater Toronto Area stretches over more than 100 km of shoreline from Burlington to Clarington and supports roughly 5.5 million people in a sprawling 7100 square kilometer region.

Toronto's harbour is among the busiest waterways in Canada during the summer, and the downtown core is protected from Lake Ontario's wind and waves by a string of quays and barrier islands. Numerous marinas dot the waterfront and the islands. Toronto is among the most expensive port cities in Ontario, with marina space, fuel, provisions and transportation all commanding premiums commensurate with Toronto's status as the country's largest business hub.


CHS chart 2077 covers the western end of Lake Ontario. CHS chart 2085 covers Toronto's harbour and the approaches to the city. Electronic charts for the Toronto area are included in CHS ENC chart pack V-CEN-B. The area is also reasonably well covered by CM93 charts, and is very roughly covered (albeit with most depth data and navigational markers omitted) in the USCG ENCs for Coast Guard District 9.

See also Ontario.


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Toronto's waterways are busy, but well marked. Most submerged hazards have been dredged or otherwise removed, courtesy of over 200 years of commercial ship traffic. Yachts and small boats must concern themselves primarily with collision avoidance; there are few places on the approach where a yacht can run aground as long as it stays more than a few dozen metres from shore. In the tighter canals between the islands and the branches of the Leslie Street spit, shallows and rip-rap on the banks might pose a concern to deeper draught vessels.

Western approach

A red and white vertical striped buoy marks the transition from navigation on the lake to pilotage in the harbour. From the buoy, the entrance to the Ontario Place marina lies at bearing 038 deg, the entrance through the Lakeshore breakwater at 309 deg, and the Western Gap to the inner harbour at 053 deg. Commercial airliners use the airport on the island, and yachts passing through the Western Gap must keep well clear of the buoyed area at the ends of the runway to avoid the risk of collision. In a north to northwest, or south to southeast wind, small aircraft sometimes use a runway that puts their flight path directly across the Western Gap, creating a potential conflict with tall-masted yachts. A ferry traverses the Gap to the airport (at 150 m, this might well be the shortest self-propelled ferry run in the country).

Eastern approach

A pair of lighted channel marker buoys and a flashing red lighthouse mark the entrance to the eastern channel, which yachts must share with the occasional 600-foot lake freighter. The channel is well marked and lit, with no significant submerged hazards. A channel branches off to the right, past the Leslie Street spit, towards the outer harbour marina; it, too, is well marked. Ashbridges Bay, to the east of the spit, is approached directly from the lake.


Toronto is a port of entry/exit for Canada. For details see Entrance: Canada.


There are two harbours: the original natural harbour, today named the "Inner Harbour", and the "Outer Harbour". The "Inner Harbour" has a number of marinas for recreational yachting and on it eastern side is the commercial port where ferries and cruiseships dock.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina Quay West

Marina Quay West/wiki/Toronto#Marina_Quay_West
Marina icon Marina Quay West [[Toronto#Marina Quay West|Marina Quay West]] 43°38.180'N, 079°23.505'W
Port of Entry

Marina Quay West is a 130 slip marina located adjacent the City of Toronto Music Garden and many condominium residences. If you are seeking a quieter location with greater slip availability, choose Marina Quay West. This area is best suited for boats 24 feet to approximately 50 feet and not intended for mega yachts. Water, electricity, toilets, showers, laundry (coin operated).; Tel: +1 (416) 203 1212; Fax: +1 (416) 954 8164; VHF channel 68
Address: Harbourfront Centre, 239 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Canada
Hours: 09:00 - 18:00; Winter 09:00 - 17:00
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

Marina Four

Marina Four/wiki/Toronto#Marina_Four
Marina icon Marina Four [[Toronto#Marina Four|Marina Four]] 43°38.261'N, 079°23.016'W
Port of Entry

Marina Four is a well protected 100 slip marina located within our central site, adjacent to the Concert Stage and the many activities that define Harbourfront Centre. The slips within Marina Four are best suited for boats 24 to 30 feet in length. Several visitor slips.; Tel: +1 (416) 203-2620; Fax: +1 (416) 973-8030; VHF channel 68
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

John Quay

John Quay/wiki/Toronto#John_Quay
Marina icon John Quay [[Toronto#John Quay|John Quay]] 43°38.233'N, 079°23.383'W
Port of Entry

Dockage on John Quay is offered along the southern boardwalk adjacent to the Amsterdam Brewhouse at Pier 4. John Quay is not a protected marina but a linear boardwalk on the Inner Harbour just outside of Marina Four. This area is used exclusively for larger visiting pleasure craft and ships from approximately 40 feet to 200 feet in overall length.; Tel: +1 (416) 203-2620; Fax: +1 (416) 973-8030; VHF channel 68
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

Ontario Place Marina

Ontario Place Marina/wiki/Toronto#Ontario_Place_Marina
Marina icon Ontario Place Marina [[Toronto#Ontario Place Marina|Ontario Place Marina]] 43°37.640'N, 079°25.001'W
Port of Entry

The marina has 240 berths for boats up to 90' on a seasonal, monthly, overnight or short term basis. Water, electricity, toilets, showers, fuel dock, laundry, ice. Pumpout, 24/7 security. It is a 10-minute drive or cab ride away from the heart of the city.

info@ontarioplace.comX; Tel: +1 (416) 314 9858; Fax: +1 (416) 314 9988; VHF channel 68
Address: 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 3B9
Hours: From the first Saturday in May through to Thanksgiving Day (mid-October)
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

Outer Harbour Marina

Outer Harbour Marina/wiki/Toronto#Outer_Harbour_Marina
Marina icon Outer Harbour Marina [[Toronto#Outer Harbour Marina|Outer Harbour Marina]] 43°38.462'N, 079°19.437'W

The marina has 600 berths, max lenth 100' (30 m), max draft 12' (3.6 m). Water, electricity, toilets, showers, fuel dock, laundromat, ice. Pumpout, 35 T travel lift, 5 T fFork lift, 8 T crane. Bo & engine repairs.; Tel: +1 (416) 778 6245; Fax: +1 (416) 778 6250; VHF channel XX
Address: 475 Unwin Ave.,, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4M 3M2

Bluffers Park Marina

Bluffers Park Marina/wiki/Toronto#Bluffers_Park_Marina
Marina icon Bluffers Park Marina [[Toronto#Bluffers Park Marina|Bluffers Park Marina]] 43°42.470'N, 079°13.687'W

400 berths, max lenth 70' (21 m). Full service, water, electricity, toilets, showers, fuel dock, laundry. Restaurant, pub. 20 minutes from downtown Toronto. Service by Great Lakes Yacht Service contractor.; Tel: +1 (416) 266 4556; Fax: +1 (416) 266-7808; VHF channel 68
Address: 7 Brimley Road S , Toronto ON, Canada M1M 1C1

Toronto Island Marina

Toronto Island Marina/wiki/Toronto#Toronto_Island_Marina
Marina icon Toronto Island Marina [[Toronto#Toronto Island Marina|Toronto Island Marina]] 43°37.454'N, 079°22.935'W

350 berths. Full service, water, electricity, toilets, showers, fuel dock, laundry. 30 T travel lift, tow service. Repairs. Deck Bar & Grill . Ferry to the mainland; Tel: +1 (416) 203 1055; Fax: +1 (416) 203 1062; VHF channel 68
Address: Box 81030, 89 Queens Quay W, Harbour Square PO, Toronto, ON, Canada M5J 2V3
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Royal Canadian Yacht Club/wiki/Toronto#Royal_Canadian_Yacht_Club
Marina icon Royal Canadian Yacht Club [[Toronto#Royal Canadian Yacht Club|Royal Canadian Yacht Club]] (RCYC) 43°37.395'N, 079°22.213'W

Facilities offered to members of other clubs with visiting rights. All facilities, chandlery and repairs. Water taxi service to Downtown. Clubhouse in the city.; Tel: +1 (416) 967 7245; Fax: +1 (416) 967 5710; VHF channel XX

Alexandra Yacht Club

Alexandra Yacht Club/wiki/Toronto#Alexandra_Yacht_Club
Marina icon Alexandra Yacht Club [[Toronto#Alexandra Yacht Club|Alexandra Yacht Club]] 43°37.950'N, 079°24.042'W

Situated in the Western Channel, opposite Island Airport. Visitors' berths, and for members of clubs with reciprocal arrangements, the first two nights are free. Showers and washrooms in the clubhouse, pump-out facilities and fuel, WiFi. Close to Downtown.; Tel: +1 (416) 260 8690; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel XX
Address:2 Stadium Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 2R9

Island Yacht Club

Island Yacht Club/wiki/Toronto#Island_Yacht_Club
Marina icon Island Yacht Club [[Toronto#Island Yacht Club|Island Yacht Club]] 43°37.425'N, 079°23.263'W

140 docks. Full service, water, electricity, toilets, showers, fuel, WiFi. 25 T travel hoist, repairs. Restaurant. High frequency private shuttle; Tel: +1 (416) 203 2582; Fax: +1 (416) 203 8492; VHF channel XX
Address: 181 Bay Street, Brookfield PO, PO Box 30069, Toronto, ON, CanadaM5J 0A5

The National Yacht Club

The National Yacht Club/wiki/Toronto#The_National_Yacht_Club
Marina icon The National Yacht Club [[Toronto#The National Yacht Club|The National Yacht Club]] (NYC) 43°38.018'N, 079°24.095'W

water, electricity, toilets, showers, fuel, luandry, WiFi. Pumpout. Mast crane and drysail crane. BBQ Facilities. Water taxi service, all day long.; Tel: +1 (416) 260 8686; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel 68
Address: 1 Stadium Road , Toronto ON, Canada M5V 3H4


  • In the inner harbour, designated anchoring areas are noted on the charts. These areas line the north shore of Centre Island as well as one bay off the Leslie Spit (shared with a yacht club on moorings) and are well sheltered from the prevailing winds, with a view of the downtown skyline.
  • Because of the sheer number of boats competing for such limited space, it is rare to see many yachts anchored for extended periods in Toronto's harbours. Most visiting vessels end up at a marina berth.


Water In the marinas
Electricity In the marinas
Toilets In the marinas
Showers In the marinas
Laundry In the Marina Quay West, Ontario Place Marina, Outer Harbour Marina, Bluffers Park Marina, and Toronto Island Marina
Garbage ?
Fuel Fuel dock in Ontario Place Marina, Outer Harbour Marina, Bluffers Park Marina, Toronto Island Marina, Alexandra Yacht Club, Island Yacht Club, and The National Yacht Club
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs In the Outer Harbour Marina, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and Island Yacht Club
Internet WiFi in the Alexandra Yacht Club, Island Yacht Club, and The National Yacht Club
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


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  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ IATA) in Mississauga is about 30-50 minutes by car from downtown
  • Union Station (YBZ IATA), 65 Front Street West. 5:30AM-12:45 AM or until last train
  • GO Transit runs the commuter/regional transit network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
  • By car



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