Bronte Inner Harbour Maintenance Dredging

75 West River St
Classification: Community Park
Ward 1

Weekly Update

We will be providing a weekly update on the status of the Bronte dredge. Visit the Weekly Update page to learn more.


Bronte Inner Harbour is situated on Bronte Creek at the outlet to Lake Ontario. The creek flows south from the Lakeshore Road bridge; takes a sharp bend or meander to the east and then another meander to the south where it outlets into Lake Ontario. Bronte Creek, similar to many rivers along the north shore of Lake Ontario, carries suspended sediment from the upper reaches of the creek to the mouth at Lake Ontario. The creek current scours and carries sediment through the narrow channels and deposits the sediment where the creek meanders, widens or current speed decreases. Areas of deposition occur on the north shore where the creek sharply meanders to the east and where the creek widens. Bronte Creek within the Bronte Inner Harbour has been routinely dredged every 7-8 years to ensure adequate depths for boaters both within mooring slips and the channel along the length of the creek. It was last dredged in the winter of 2007/2008.

Dredging projects are typically carried out from a work barge with a crane fitted with a clam shell bucket or excavator. The dredge material is removed from the creek bottom into dump scows and emptied by land based excavation equipment into trucks and taken to an appropriately approved dump site.

Project status

Work has commenced and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2015.

Plans/design concepts


The Town has secured Shoreplan Engineering Ltd. a coastal engineering consulting firm experienced in dredging operations along the shores of Lake Ontario.


Catalina Excavating Inc. has been retained to complete this project.

For more information, please contact ServiceOakville:

tel: 905-845-6601
TTY: 905-338-4200