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.

For information on harbour and waterfront development projects, visit out Park Planning Projects page.


Bronte Beach and Launch Ramp Redevelopment

The high water in 2017 damaged the boat launch ramp and adjacent sea walls and the ramp has been closed for public safety.  For more information visit our Bronte Beach and Launch Ramp Redevelopment page.


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.


Seawall Replacement, Oakville Harbour

The seawall around the Oakville Power Boat Club shoreline is currently being replaced. The wall is at the end of its lifespan and the town is replacing the wall with steel sheet pile, similar to that installed in other areas of Oakville Harbour. Based on regulatory approvals from Conservation Halton and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the work has been broken into two phase as noted below:

  • Phase 1: Inner basin up to the fuel dock – December 2017 to April 2018
  • Phase 2: Fuel dock up to the limit of the Burl Oak Canoe Club dock – August 2018 to November 2018.

We anticipate some noise and disruption will be generated by this work and we apologize for the inconvenience.  The work will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with no weekend work.

Seawall Construction Drawings (pdf).


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.


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.

Harbour Office
Hours of operation

Please note: Oakville launch ramp closed for the season on October 31.


Summer

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


Winter

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


Contact

ServiceOakville
tel: 905-845-6601
TTY: 905-338-4200
service@oakville.ca


Resources

Association of Oakville Harbours' Stakeholders (AOHS)
Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
Bronte Shore Yacht Sales
Burloak Canoe Club
Charterability 
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
Closures due to high lake levels
Halton Police Marine Unit
Notice to Mariners Report (N.O.T.M.A.R.)
Safe Boating Guide
Service Canada Licensing and Registration


Safe boating

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