Details for Canalside


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Average rating 3.4 stars from 11 reviews

Address Buffalo, NY


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


Concerts every Thursday in the summer mean big crowds and limited docking.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager




David Pruett

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Enter the Buffalo Harbor at its north entrance. Enter the Buffalo River which will be straight ahead. Pass the 2 naval ships to your port side. The docks will be right behind them.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: 18
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2012-07-12)

Other price info: $1 per foot for overnight. $10 for 30-40 feet for 4 hours.

If you stay one week, you get 2 days free. They have a policy that you have to allow rafting. Most boaters are rafting with others they know. When they have concerts in the park or on busy weekends, you may have people request a tie up.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.20 (2016-05-08)

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: $10 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Leash and potty bags present.

Disability access

Yes - No steps, long ramps with low floating docks.

Launch service

Yes - Just started Summer 2011.

Pump out



Yes - At the small food stand in the park.




Yes - There are very nice portable air conditioned showers and heads for boaters. Better than most permanent installations used. The snack shop opens them up for you on request. After hours, the security guard will give you the key.


Yes - Portajohns are set up for boaters only, 2011. Planning to build permanent facilities.







Yes - 2 restaurants - the Liberty Hound which just opened in 2012 is located in the museum onsite, and Templetons Landing, which is a short walk away across from Erie Basin Marina. Also the Pearl St. Pub has full meals as well as traditional Pub fare.


Yes - Pearl St Grill - brew pub.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Very strong signal, good bandwidth.
Free WiFi open AP Navanl Park.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Rapid transit station within a very short walk.

Other services


Next to Buffalo Naval Park. Short walk to downtown Buffalo. Buffalo Creek Casino is within walking distance.

Reviews for Canalside
Would be a nice place for a marina, 2016-09-22
Captain: , Catawba Island Ohio (530)

Marina is a long floating dock along a wall, which is fine with water and power. It is not secure, the gates don't lock and are left open. The bathrooms are porta-pottys and a mobile port-a -john trailer which is locked at night. On 9-20 they would not answer phone or return call. (maybe they were closed) Now the good, no-one ever came around to collect money or staff their booth. The area is very nice, above the wall is a big park with a bunch of muskoka chairs and many people enjoying the outdoors. At night they have a light show on the grain elevators across the channel. A couple of nice places to eat nearby and a tims. Right across the park is a train/streetcar that gives you a free ride into the downtown. From there, if you wish, you can jump on the #40 bus which will take you to niagara falls. Takes about 45 min. At niagara falls they have a free shuttle that follows the niagara parkway to fort niagara with on/off stops in between. If you have time and your passports or nexus you can walk across the rainbow bridge, which was very easy. The canadian side has more to do and clifton hill is a fun place to see for its carnival atmosphere.

Canalside Municipal, 2016-05-09
Captain: , Transient - Plymouth, Mi (811)

From a security standpoint it was VG, power & water VG, & dock side staff willing to help tie off, if space on floating dock is availalbe. Staff should know coordinates & be better able to provide Lat/Lon & better route in as I was unable to launch AC here. As far as that goes, all staff should be able to provide better route info to boaters as they approach in case they have the same problem I did. We did not know we were staying here ahead of time as our plans changed at the last minute due to unforseen circumstances.

A little good, a little bad.., 2014-08-24
Captain: , Huron,OH - Little River, SC (680)

This is no longer called the Buffalo City Docks. With the revitalization of the area with a casino, hotels, restaurants, etc, the docks are now referred to as Canalside. Additionally, the phone number indicated in the "General" section of this facilities info is no longer working. You will get a recording indicating the number is no longer valid, and to call the management company. Unfortunately, no number is given for that company.
USE THIS NUMBER : (716) 544 4570. Dockmaster is David Pruett.
This is a first come, first served facility, and is crowded to the point of mandatory rafting on weekends and for events. Even though you call or email for reservations, and get a confirmation, there may be no room when you arrive.

We arrived on a busy Sunday with a reservation and had to circle for 5 minutes until a space opened up. if no space was vacated, we would not have had dockage. However, there seem to be very few overnight dockers here, and a late in the day arrival would be prudent.
Overnight dockage is $40 and power and water is available on about half of the extensive alongside docks.

Docks appear to be relatively new and in good shape, and security tries to keep non dockers off the docking area. Security is also on duty 24 hours.

If possible, I would give the facility a 4 star rating, and the staff and administration a 2 star rating.... so, a compromise at 3 stars.
But, for $40 per night.........

Great stay, 2014-07-10
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1997)

A nice easy floating dock with good access to the city.
Good power although only some pedestals had both 50 and 30amp but our splitter worked fine.
No bathroom facilities but at $40 a night incl power it was a good deal. There is also 24 hour security . Only negatives were the amount of logs and on a strong west wind like we had extra fenders are mandated.

Right in the center of Buffalo, 2013-08-07
Captain: , Grand Island, NY (651)

We stayed here on a Sunday night. Lot's of activity and people watching. Good restaurants close by (Liberty Hound and Templton's landing) Brewpub (Pearl St Grill) an easy walk. New casino will be open in late August, within walking distance. Power and water only on the northern half of the wall. $1 a ft to stay overnight, or stay 5 nights and get 2 free. Except for the lack of dedicated boater rest/shower facilities, this is a great stop.

A nice surprise!, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Britt, Ontario (711)

After mast stepping across the river, we moved to the City Docks. Nice floating docks, small concession stand with good burgers and lots going on ashore. It was a weekday so not so busy as weekends. Washrooms are available but no showers.

Excellent location, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Sturgeon Bay, WI (287)

We stayed for two nights and visited the Navy Park museum and ships. We had no issues with security. It worked well for us for a brief stay. Great deal for the price.

Great Access to Buffalo and Activities, 2012-07-12
Captain: , Michigan City (349)

The Buffalo City Docks do not show on our Navionics charts but they are right next to the naval park and museum. The docks are newer floating docks. Security is 24-7 and their are dock attendants to help you tie up. You have access to a variety of activities at what they call Canalside almost every day and eviening, including concerts, educational and historical presentations, excercise, restaurants, and the Naval Museum. Limited Free public transporatation is about a block away and you can gedt an all day pass on their metro system for $5.00. A great way to see Buffalo and the Niagra Falls at a very inexpensive price. Great value, good facilities, great security, and access to everything. The only drawback is the rafting off policy. We have had no one raft off yet, but we are told it may happen on weekends and concert nights.

Good floating protected dock with power and water, 2011-09-08
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

no other services except power (30 amps) water and trash cans. Good protected location to position to cross Lake Erie or explore downtown Buffalo. No attendant on duty today when we arrived at 1630hrs ; so far (1800hrs. still no one to pay?

Much Better than Erie Basin Marina, 2011-08-29
Captain: , Channel Islands, California (1149)

For virtually half the price, you have a clean dock that is even more convenient in terms of proximity to downtown and free transportation. The park is very nice and security is great. They are virtually always around. At $1 per foot, including power and water, the price is right and it is a lot less rolly than EBM.

Good access to city, no facilities, 2010-07-13
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

The marina is within a short walk to downtown and the Naval Museum is right next door. However, there are no facilities and $1/ft seems a bit much.

Security seems quite good. The whole area is undergoing a major overhaul and one can expect significant upgrades in the future.

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