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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.

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.