Harbours

Oakville harbours are the recipient of the Marine 5 Green Leaf Anchor Platinum Rating for environmental best practices

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. Oakville Harbour provides fully serviced finger docks with Mediterranean-type moorings. Charges are based on the running length of the boat.

Harbours staff provide haul-out services, 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)

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.

Harbours Master Plan

The Town of Oakville is developing a Harbours Master Plan that will ensure Bronte Harbour and Oakville Harbour continue to thrive well into the future. 

Bronte Marina Building

In 2014, 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. Visit the Bronte Marina Building page to learn more.

Clean Marine Program Commitment

The Town of Oakville ensures that our Harbour 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 declaration.

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 in the Harbours

Sediment accumulation can impact the way we use and operate our harbours. A study was done in 2014 to determine water depths, sediment sourcing, and management options for the Bronte Creek and Sixteen Mile Creek mouths. The Sediment Management Strategy Study page provides more information on how sediment is studied and managed in Oakville. 

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.