Image of Bronte Outer Harbour

About the harbours

Oakville’s extensive Lake Ontario shoreline includes two harbours: Bronte Harbour on Bronte Creek and Oakville Harbour on Sixteen Mile Creek near the downtown core. The harbours are owned by the town and operated by the Parks and Open Space department.

These natural harbours accommodate several hundred sail and power boats as well as recreational facilities. Mooring docks and slips are available for rent on a seasonal basis, and launching ramps are provided in both harbours for transient boaters. The main docks in both harbours are six-feet wide, fully serviced finger docks with Mediterranean-type moorings. Charges are based on the running length of the boat.

Harbours staff provide water, electrical services, haul-out services, and mast stepping and unstepping. Operating, maintenance and capital improvements are funded from fees charged to boaters. For a breakdown of service rates, visit the Harbour Service Rates page. Learn more about the services provided to you at Bronte and Oakville harbours open the Oakville Harbours Marina Tenant and Visitors Guide (pdf 4.6 MB)

Harbours By-law 2012-007 has been approved by Town Council. To view this by-law and any amendments to the by-law please visit our by-law search page and enter 2012-007 in the search field.

In February 2011 Council approved the Oakville Harbours Financial Strategic Business Plan (pdf, 3.6 MB). For related documents refer to the Community Services Committee Agenda.

Harbours Master Plan

This fall the Town of Oakville will be asking for the public’s help to develop a Harbours Master Plan that will ensure Bronte Harbour and Oakville Harbour continue to thrive well into the future. Learn more about the Harbours Master Plan.

Bronte Marina Building

On September 8, 2014, Town Council approved a heritage designation for the Bronte marina building located at 2508 Lakeshore Road West, in recognition of the significant role the building has played in the harbour’s rich marine history. The building will be closed temporarily after June 30, 2015 in order to address health and safety issues related to the condition of the building. Visit the Bronte Marina Building page to learn more.

Clean Marine Program Commitment

The Town of Oakville ensures that our Harbours' management introduces sound environmental practices into every aspect of our operations. Staff are trained to understand and implement these practices and provide the resources, within the discretion of Council, that are needed to allow these objectives to be fulfilled. Visit the Clean Marine webpage to learn more about the program, the town's rating or to sign the declaraion.

Safe boating

The Town of Oakville would like to remind boaters, fisherman and all other users of Lake Ontario to stay safe this summer. Visit the safe boating page for helpful tips.

Sediment Management Strategy Study

A public meeting was held on March 6, 2014, where staff presented the final draft, research and recommendations. Learn more about the Sediment Management Strategy Study.

Recreational Boating Feasibility and Capacity Study

The Town of Oakville, in partnership with the Region of Halton and City of Burlington are working collaboratively in the development of a Harbours Feasibility and Capacity Study. The intent of the Feasibility and Capacity Study is to investigate and provide recommendations regarding the demand for and supply to meet recreational boating needs within the Region of Halton. Visit the Recreational Boating Feasibility and Capacity Study page to learn more.

Service Disruption

Please be advised that access to Shipyard Park will be closed and the launch ramp will not be available due to the Oakville Harbour Haul out on October 19, 20 and 21. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Access Shipyard Park and the launch ramp will be restored by 4 p.m. Friday, October 21.

Hours of operation


June 1 through August 31
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Statutory holidays


September 1 through May 31
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory holidays

For more information contact ServiceOakville:

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


Association of Oakville Harbours' Stakeholders (AOHS)
Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
Bronte Shore Yacht Sales
Burloak Canoe Club
North Shore Boatworks
Oakville Club
Oakville Power Boat Club
Oakville Power and Sail Squadron
Oakville Yacht Squadron
The Dockside Chandlery & Marine Inc.
T.O.W.A.R.F. (Town of Oakville Water Air Rescue Force)
Wai Nui O Kanaka

Useful links

Boater Exam
Halton Police Marine Unit
Notice to Mariners Report (N.O.T.M.A.R.)
Safe Boating Guide
Service Canada Licensing and Registration