Details for Killam Bros. Marina

Killam Bros. Marina

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 22 reviews

Address 90 Water St
Yarmouth, NS


After hours contact


Facility type

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


Last day the Marina will be open is Sunday Sept 28/2014. Opening early June 2015

VHF channel


Unless you are close to the dock, their VHF is too weak to respond. It is suggested calling phone number 902-740-4780.


Email contact

Owner, manager

Sidney O'Connell - Manager, 902-740-4780



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Debit as well.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Easy approach in main basin of the harbor.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Brand new floating face dock installed in late August 2008 - approx 200' long, with dockage on both sides.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-09-23)

Other price info: Price does not include tax.
Note there are two types of docks, 1 with water and electricity at $1.50 per foot, another set new 2015 has power but no water. Price is $1 per foot plus power.


Transient: 4
Total: 4
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Moorings are red balls in 2 lines east of Doctors Island, $20 flat rate. with tax it is $23 per mooring.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: Cost is included in dockage fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Irving

Gas price$1.20/gal (2016-09-23)

Other price info:

Diesel price$1.14/gal (2016-09-23)

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Call office phone for pickup 902-740-4780.

Pump out



Yes - Two blocks from the wharf is a store which sells ice.


Yes - Recycling bins on the wharf. There does not appear to be a dumpster.


Yes - Available with a key 24/7.


Yes - Available during business hours or with a key 24/7.


Yes - Available in the marina washrooms with key provided by the staff. Two loonies for washer and two loonies for dryer.


Yes - Sobee's is a short cab ride into the outskirts of town - about $6.50 CDN each way.


Yes - Canadian tire on Starr Rd. is just past Sobeys.


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Rudders is right at the wharf. Yarmouth pub is across the street.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Rodd Grand is a few blocks away.

Repair capabilities

Yes - The Marina Manager can supply telephone numbers for most all repairs mechanical and electronic.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - A couple of commercial marine stores are within a few blocks. Vernon's, Wateview, and others,

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi from Port of Yarmouth. Free WiFi at Rudders. Free WiFi at the marina office.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Public launch a few hundred metres down the road.


Yes - Enterprise rental is at the airport and will come pick you up.

Other services


Lots of marine related museums. Also a fireman's museum.

Reviews for Killam Bros. Marina
Can't say enough good things about the town or marina, 2016-08-28
Captain: , Annapolis MD (170)

We were very pleasantly surprised by Yarmouth after reading various negative reviews on AC and print cruising guides. It appears to be a city on the rise, with a strong effort to keep the downtown area vibrant and attract people to live there. Within a block or two of the marina, we found good food and drink (Rudders, Red Shed and Shanty), coffee, yoga, parks, shopping and all the marine and domestic necessities. The marina is small but in very good shape, with a very helpful dockmaster, friendly dockmates (one who gave us fresh mackerel filets within moments of our docking) and free power and water included in the otherwise very low pricing. We extended our stay because we were having such a good time and look forward to returning.

Convenient Customs Clearance, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Daniel Island, SC (310)

A convenient place to clear coming from downeast with helpful and friendly marina personnel; however, Yarmouth is not an attractive town due to dirty conditions and an abundance of closed stores. When we visited last week there was a fishy stench that was overwhelming. We will clear on the south shore next time with hopes that the community can reverse the current economic slide.

Welcome to Nova Scotia and no lobster buoys!, 2016-07-18
Captain: , Wickford, RI (411)

About 100 miles from SW Harbor, Maine. Very little boat traffic to be concerned about along the way.
THE CAT, high speed ferry from Portland, docks nearby. Check their scheduled arrival and departure. They asked us to return to our dock while they departed this morning. It is huge!
Lobster season is closed until November, making travel so easy after dodging pots in Maine.
Recommend getting CANPASS before your trip. We called in before arrival and got our clearance number. No Customs personnel at the dock at time of our ETA so Q flag taken down and Canadian courtesy flag hoisted. Remember to post your clearance number in dockside window, or both sides if anchoring or mooring. The Customs agents came by the next day, took down the number and boat name, and did not talk to us or board.
Agree with other reviews. Rudders is very good and right at the dock.
Annual SEAFEST taking place during our 2 day stay so we were treated to front row seats for the Lobster Boat Light Parade and Fireworks.
Greg, the dock manager was friendly and helpful. Caught our lines when we arrived.
50 amp electrical on face dock but not yet installed on other docks.

Well maintained and convenient., 2016-07-17
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

We were met at the dock as we arrived without a reservation. Staff keeps an eye out, and is friendly and helpful. Wifi was only available in the marina office, but there were other public access points we could use. Showers, heads, and laundry machines were spotless. Fuel and water are available. The town now runs the marina, which is a combination of the old Parker-Eakins Marina and the Killam Brothers Marina, all running under the Killam name. The email has changed, and is now Clearing in was simple - just call 888-Can-Pass to get your clearance number.
Restaurants right at the head of the wharf. Staff patrols for trash constantly. Would definitely stop here again.

18 July: We did stop here again. Can't say enough about the staff - they stayed over an hour past closing to be sure we arrived and got a berth. Tried Rudders at the head of the wharf; really good seafood.

Great "Town Dock", 2016-07-04
Captain: , Oakdale NY (140)

Unclear as to when we would be able to get to Yarmouth due to wind and fog conditions from Grand Manan Island, I really could not contact the Marina for definite arrival plans. Once in the channel at Yarmouth I called and spoke to Colin, who said I could pick up dock space inside, which we did. The marina is small and divided in two, one which used to be Killiam Bros. it is no longer, being sold to the town who now controls all the dock space. Staffing is light so do not expect dock hands to assist with docking. The floating docks all gave A/C power (including 50 amp). Yet one side does not have water, although they ran a long hose down for us upon request. So, do not pay attention to signs or websites noting various prices and dock info. Again, the town now owns the docks. The rate us quite amazing, being CA$1.50 a foot. We plan to stay for 1 week (traveling by car), fir which charge for just 5 days. The bathrooms and laundry are clean. Eat at Rudders or the Yarmouth Brewery. Go to the Visitors Center, walking distance away. People and facility are great and will make your stay worthwhile. My first time crossing the Bay of Fundy. Watch out for "ledges" and tidal ares noted on the charts. We hit one off of Brier Island, at 72 feet. The sea became like boiling water and 6-7 footers from multiple directions tossed us around. Avoid these areas.
Enjoy Nova Scotia!

Good jumping off spot for crossing the Gulf of Maine, 2015-09-11
Captain: , Deer Isle, Maine (514)

We spent one night here before crossing back to Maine and were satisfied with the facilities. Fueling and tie-up was convenient, 110V AC and water were easily available and the bathroom/shower facilities were clean. WiFi did not work on our devices, even up at the wharf office, but, after 10 weeks travelling in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, we were used to that. There was free live music all day in front of the docks and the Rudder%u2019s restaurant was just steps away. The town itself had some interesting shops, but also a lot of empty storefronts. Entering and leaving the harbor is straightforward, with the channel well marked with buoys, although it is narrow in places.

A good stop for sure, but ratings are relative, 2015-09-02
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2432)

I am not sure how one justifies a 5 star rating, so I am givng a 3 to help balance things out.

The docks are fine, but the cleats are widely spaced and may not work well for your boat (didn't for ours). The baths/showers are quite acceptable, and Sydney the manager is very helpful.

The town is fine, too, it was surprising not to find any retail seafood shops. You either eat it in a restaurant or buy it at the gorcery store (we didn't bother). The marina Wi-Fi was problematic for our visit, but there were other free ones in town to tap.

We have no complaints about being here for 2 days, but it takes a lot more to earn a 4 or 5 star rating in our estimation.

A great stop-over for mostly power boaters., 2015-08-02
Captain: , Chester. Nova Scotia (191)

The trip from Maine to Nova Scotia is a much talked about trip. We found that, if one leaves from Southwest Harbour to Yarmouth, the trip is only just under 100 nm's. Yarmouth's Killam's Bros. marina is a perfect place to enter and clear customs. The marina is not very big, but Sydney, the manager, makes it feel big. The showers are clean and the dockage is reasonable. Fuel, water and electricity is available at reasonable cost. The town and local restaurants are great and within a 2 minute walk. Power boaters would love this little know gem.

Yarmouth Killam Marins, 2015-06-30
Captain: , New Hamphire (131)

Very Nice facility - Docks first rate - new in 2015 is 30 amp serivic on the all docks
Sidney and Colin are very friendly and helpful
Rate is only $1 per foot
Great place to clear customs - had them come to boat - very friendly.
Yarmouth enjoyed

Repair service is available here, 2014-08-22
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1130)

Heads and wash rooms were exceptionally clean and orderly. Everything worked. I had a need for an electronic repair and a mechanical repair. Both needs were responded to with 30 minutes of a phone call. I was particuarly impressed with the service and outcome of my mechanical repairs done by Allan Boudreau of Sea & Land [ cell: 902-748-7130]. He solved a problem with another boat as I watched, doing a welding repair, so I had him look at my issue which involved fashioning a new SS plate and attachment for the rudder and autopilot connection. He did a great job in a very short time.

I rate the marina, as 4 stars because the price is highest I encountered doing the NS coast (so far) and the oder from the fish plants can be disturbing at times.

Welcome Port of Entry, 2014-08-10
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (970)

Killam's wharf has been civilized with heavy floating docks with power and water, and fuel is available on floats with 8' at low.

Additional floats without amenities are available next door, and the two places can accommodate many boats. 4 widely spaced moorings are just outside.

Wharf Manger, Sydney, and his able crew are happy to have you alongside and will do all things possible to make your stay enjoyable. Rates for dockage are quite reasonable.

There are several museums and a herring canning factory to visit within walking distance, and although we did not provision in Yarmouth, there is good places to do so after a 20 minutes walk. A farmer's market is a short walk away twice a week, and Rudder's restaurant is just up the gangway from the floats.

This marina is a major improvement since our last visit several years ago.

One negative is the condition of the water in Yarmouth harbour which suffers from the detritus from the fishing fleets and fish factories. Huge numbers of various gulls feeding around the wharves and roosting on Doctor's island add a cacophony rarely experienced.

Moorings with LOTS of space., 2014-08-06
Captain: , Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (1090)

Yarmouth is really easy to enter at night with a well marked channel.

We picked up a mooring ball late one night and left early the next mooring. We called the marina with no success.

Lots of free wifi availale.

There is also lots of space to anchor north of the mooring field.

Killams closed?, 2014-06-07
Captain: , Portland, Maine (845)

We picked up a mooring here 5/29/14. We tried calling the marina to get access to the showers and washrooms but no one responded. We tried calling Paul and got his voice mail but never heard back. We did hear a rumor that he no longer works there and they were advertising for his job. So we did sit on their moorings 4 days free of charge but had no access to showers, washrooms, water or fuel. Luckily the YMCA offers showers for $6.30 per person. The mooring had clearly never been winterized so we made sure to test it before trusting our boat to it.

Killam Bros Marina, 2013-09-15
Captain: , Wrightsville beach nc (180)

Solid docks, a few wakes from the fishing fleet, but a good nights sleep was had. Right in town. Easy to come into in the fog.

Good facility, nice town, excellent restaurant., 2013-02-03
Captain: , Gloucester, MA (806)

Nice spot, though much quieter now that the ferry to Bar Harbor has been discontinued.

2012 Visit, 2012-09-18
Captain: , Stuart Fl (300)

We stopped at Killam Wharf twice on our Nova Scotia travels.It was our first port of call where we cleared Canadian Customs. Paul provided us withthe Canpassphone number to call. We arrived on the day of Seafest where thetown was very crowded and there were bands and fireworks. A very nice welcome. The town is depressed sincethe ferry stopped running. Our second stop was lot quieter.

Great location, 2012-08-19
Captain: , Bayfield, WI and the ICW (1259)

Mooring balls are right near downtown and everything is avaoilable close by.

Fuel Station, 2012-07-22
Captain: , Yarmouth (12)

Fuel station is up and running: Gas and Diesel. Call Paul at 902-740-4780

Dock space limited, 2012-07-21
Captain: , Marietta,GA (10)

Agree with other reviews with the exception that there was not as much dock space as we expected. Only three cruisers could tie up. Others had to use moorings. Several fishing boats were occupying the remaining space - so call ahead. Paul is helpful.

Good stop northbound, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1796)

Dock is good, power is good. 100 amp available. Good food at Rudders. Was here on 6-1-12. Entrance and approach deep and well marked.

New and improving, 2011-08-04
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

Killam's now manages all the transient dock space (including the old Parker-Eakins docks) and has added another stretch of face docks just to the north of the main Killam's face dock. The new north docks do not have power, but plan to add that for 2012. Paul Pothier is the manager and is very helpful.
Food at Rudder's is very good - even better than in 2008. Excellent microbrews. Don't miss the Sweeney Museum along the waterfront (to the north) and the County museum in town.

Best docks we've seen in Canada, 2008-09-13
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

We we approached the dockmaster called us on the VHF to find out if we needed dockage or a mooring. The docks are brand new and a gentleman was waiting to help us with our lines. After we got tied up, we found out that we were supposed to be at the docks next door at the Rudder Restaurant, which were much shorter and no where near as nice. Since there was no competition for dock space, we stayed where we were. Showers are OK, but could use a bit of scrubbing. 1 washer and 1 drier per mens/womens restroom. Several restaurants nearby.

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