Details for Kingston Marina

Kingston Marina

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Average rating 3.5 stars from 23 reviews

Address 349 Wellington Street
Kingston, ON K7K 6N7


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

They monitor channel 68 but are in and out of the gas dock office so often they may not get to the radio every time. Come to the gas dock first and they will serve you there.


Email contact;

Owner, manager

Manager Alex (Sandy) Crothers



Marina dock attendants are summer students.

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, and Debit.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Marina hours 8 am to 6 pm May 24th weekend to Canadian Thanksgiving in October.

Even though they freeze in for the winter, the yard is open all year round. They usually have a full dock of live-a-boards (8 boats) and are building and testing boats in holes in the ice all winter. They also store 5 tour boats over the winter in the water. They operate the 220ft. dry dock 9 months of the year for large vessels that the 75 ton crane can not haul out.


From Lake Ontario, go under the causeway bridge, turn to port and head for the giant crane. If coming down the Rideau from Ottawa, it is before the causeway bridge, on the starboard side (west).

Use caution, the inner harbour is frequented by large commercial vessels built and serviced by the boatyard. The bridge opens on the hour, except rush hours.

Navionics Gold (March 2015 database) wrongly has it located where the Kingston Yacht Club is (next to Confederation Basin), so go by the Lat/Long.





Tide & current additional info

Annual fluctuation, spring to fall, 1 metre.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info: Bridge to gas dock about 6 meters or 18ft. deep water port.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 66
Beam max: 10

Other info:


Transient: 15
Total: 105
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2012-07-16)

Other price info: $1.80 per foot with hydro and water.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Anchoring in front of the marina is considered illegal and not permitted within the port of Kingston Harbour check notice to mariners. People do anchor although at your own risk for short periods of time and have not been bothered by any authorities.

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

Additional info: Also 15 amp.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Row into the inner docks and tie up to the gang plank walkways or at the launch ramp dock.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Summer liveaboard only.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 92 octane, ethanol free gasoline, price per litre.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Clear diesel, no colored diesel, price per litre.


No - Available uptown at a Canadian Tire Hardware Store

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are welcome. There is a city park to at the marina to walk dogs. There are many dogs in the area.

Disability access

Yes - The east side of the inner harbor is reported to have no problem getting a 4 wheel scooter onto shore with the ramp. It is a working boat yard, so the road is gravel/asphalt mix.

Launch service


Pump out



Yes - Blocks or cubes.


Yes - Containers, regular pickup.


Yes - Renovated washrooms Spring 2009. 3 shower stalls. The washrooms have about 80 boat builders using them 5 days a week all year round. They try their best to keep them clean.


Yes - Two stalls for men and two stalls for women.


Yes - You can even have your laundry picked up and returned for you. Ask at the dock office.


Yes - 2 blocks from grocery store and liquor store.


No - Not on-site but 4 blocks to downtown hardware store or cab ride to uptown larger big box stores.


Yes - Many within walking distance.

Sir John's Public House
1 Fort Henry Drive
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 4V8
Housed in an historic building which was the law office of Canada's first Prime Minister.


Yes - Not on site but Kingston is a University (Queen's) town, lots of bars.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Not on site but 5 major hotels downtown 6 blocks away. They are always busy on holidays throughout the year.

Repair capabilities

Yes - The marina is operated by MetalCraft Marine, prolific builders of aluminum boats. They can fix, build and improve anything.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 200' drydock and 60t crane.

Storage facilities

Yes - Outside, in-water and on land. Winter storage.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Wireless

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Ramp Fee: $10.


Other services


Reviews for Kingston Marina
Very Helpful, 2016-09-20
Captain: , Midland, on (10)

After hitting a propellor coming down the Trent, I needed to change it before proceeding South. The crane was down at the moment, but would be fixed the following day. I had to go home for a few days for errands and Monday AM pulled into the Marina. They quickly got the boat out of the water and went looking for the offsite mechanic. He arrived late in the afternoon, performed the change and got me back in the water that night. They wento out of their way to make sure I would not be delayed. Very friendly, could not do more for you.

From the marina 2016, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Kingston (54)

Thank you for all your comments this 2016 summer season. We've certainly had a hot and busy one. We've had an increase in 'Looper's' and all our American friends... certainly appreciate you stopping in to Kingston. We are taking your comments seriously and have put a priority on our WiFi 'reach' for the 2017 season. We are open 12 months of the year and continue to build MetalCraft boats on site Thanks to all.

Kingston Marina, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

This is a great marina set in a working boat manufacturing site.
The only downsides are a gravel parking area to walk through to the restrooms or to town itself and that the wifi is only available at the restrooms.
The help were extremely friendly and nice. We were even offered our choice of spaces to tie up.

A solid four, 2016-08-24
Captain: , Catawba Island Ohio (530)

After being booted from confederation basin because they were full I called here to ask a question about the bridge. We wanted to confirm the air clearance of the bridge to the east end of the bridge to know if we needed to wait for the opening of the east end of the same bridge or if we could clear on the east. The guy was very nice, didn't act as if I was bothering him so I asked if he had availability for fri night. He said he may but he would call me back. Lo and behold he called me back and they got us in. It is not a glitzy marina but it has what you need and we were treated very well. We got a great dock with a view of the bridge, very short walk to town. A short bike ride to Fort Henry, which is a must see if you are interested in history and headed up the Rideau Canal.

Very nice stop, 2016-07-13
Captain: , Hallowell, Maine (240)

Great staff, bikes for boaters, quiet and friendly. Wifi is only available up by the office. Its under the bridge so think about bridge opening times in planning. Very quick bike ride into town and grocery store near. Kingston is a lovely city with lots going on. Stayed 6.29.2016

A good stop after crossing Ontario, 2016-06-12
Captain: , Woodstock, Georgia (359)

We stayed here after crossing Ontario on June 1st. This is a working boat yard where the build boats. Good showers and restrooms and very friendly staff. It is also where we cleared Customs. The have a telephone for this use. It is about a half mile into town but not a bad walk. Just make sure you get to the bridge before 3 pm, the last opening before 6 pm,

Nice people, great srvice., 2015-08-19
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (532)

(6-25-15) Brent, their dockhand was very good. He managed to get our lines and eased into a tight tie along without a scratch. Proceeded to fuel and pump-out in proffesional manner, then cast us off agian with no issues. Kinda wished we had stayed there and not at Confederation (see my review).

Great location for access to town, 2015-08-10
Captain: , Ocala FL (351)

We were closed out of Confederation Basin and I'm GLAD as we'd have missed this hidden gem of a boatyard! This is NOT a "marina" or "yacht club" but a working boatyard, so the amenities are not "5 star" but certainly the service and assistance by the staff was.
If you want to see fire boats up close and personal (without the need for their professional services that is), then you must stop here!
It was very quiet and easy to get to the downtown areas.
The water does have a high cloine odor and taste, so be aware.

A good place to stop, 2015-08-09
Captain: , Marthas Vineyard (506)

We spent 4 days here last week and were quite happy, the location is 1o minutes walk from Confederation Park and even closer to Princess Street. You walk thru the boatyard to get to the marina, and we thought it was pretty interesting, highly specialized boat building and we saw fireboats destined for places all over the globe. This marina gets 3 stars under my rating system simply because it lacks some of the amenities cruising boaters desire -- don't expect wifi at the dock, and there is no laundry -- which is fine as long as you know what to expect. There is nothing wrong with a good three star marina -- this is probably a better place for the seasonal people, but for sure we would stop here again. And by the way, they were having a lot of wind issues at Confederation Basin while we had none here!

Ok Place for provisioning, 2015-07-15
Captain: , Southport, NC (637)

Bridge limits arrival/departure. Nice folks. Easy walk to shopping. Working boat yard.

Beyond helpful, 2015-06-13
Captain: , ottawa (1002)

We were travelling from Ottawa to the 1000 islands and back. When just before we got to Kingston our motor mount broke. We limped into Kingston Marina and went to talk to the manager (Sandy) for some help. He immediately pointed us in the right direction to get some fast super affordable repairs and then gave us a rate that could not be beat both on our first stay there and on our way back through. The marina itself is a bit primative it is a working marina. But is really well located close to all amenities and attractions. The washrooms and showers were clean. This was a great experience and I can't recommend it enough

No frills marina, 2014-08-21
Captain: , New Bern, NC (140)

We were on a mission to get from Ottawa to Brewerton, NY due to a family emergency...We did the whole Rideau in 3 days (at 7.5 kts) except for the slow zones ...It was Poker Run weekend and all the marinas were full, but Kingston Marina let us have a spot on their commercial (they build big boats here) dock...No water or electric, but quiet, 10 minute walk to town and great special price...Got water at their fuel dock in AM on our way out...Security man at night...We would stay here again...

Good place for a day or two, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Louisville, KY (347)

Adequate but dated facilities. Keep in mind it is a working shipyard, not a yacht club. If you come in from the harbor, note that the mooring field extends quite a ways into the river. When the bridge opens you might think there are boats waiting upstream to pass through. They may be moored and the wind may swing them so they appear to be going downstream. I made a couple of 360s waiting for them to go through before I realized they weren't going anywhere.

Convenient bridge wait, 2013-07-26
Captain: , Pittsburgh (126)

Due to the shortened hours of the Rideau Canal we missed the LaSalle Causeway Bridge opening. The Kingston Marina folks were kind enough to let us tie up on their T-dock while we ran a few errands ashore untill the 6:00 pm opening. Four blocks to the hardware store with a small marine section less to the food and spirits store.

More of a Working Yard, 2013-07-16
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

They build boats here, plus have the capacity to haul out large vessels. It appears to be a do it yourslf yard as well. The staff was friendly, but things are pretty grubby. This is not much of a transient marina. We were at the end of a T-head and could only get one 30 amp plug. The Wi-fi does not work, and the bathrooms are pretty grim.

It is a 10-15 min walk to downtown and a grocery store. We stayed just one night, but would not want to stay longer.

Helpful Staff and Reasonable Gas Prices, 2012-11-30
Captain: , Howe Island, SLS, Ontario, Canada (385)

I have been getting gas here for the last two seasons. I found the dock hands friendly and helpfull, and gas prices reasonable. They take AMEX as well ... :)

On the rough side, but convenient, 2012-08-28
Captain: , Santa Cruz (243)

Its a little tight to get in to, but it is a relatively short walk downtown. The Wifi does not work.

Kingston Marina - Metalcraft Marine, 2011-11-24
Captain: , Margaritaville (355)

This marina has history and there is nothing modern about it.
It is basic but well operated and offers downtown amenities at a good price.
Friendly, non pretentious atmosphere among experienced boaters and commercial watermen.
They build fire and resue craft here that is one of the most repected names in the first responder community across North America.

Ok Place - convenient to downtown, 2011-07-29
Captain: , Cleveland (2008)

We stayed one night here (7/2011) and found it very convenient to everything downtown (rode bikes). Not much privacy in the showers but price was good.

At least the staff were helpful, 2011-07-29
Captain: , Toronto, ON (1729)

Another of the sorry cartel of Kingston rip-off marinas.
At least this one usually has space. A pretty run-down, grubby place but it's close to downtown, much quieter than Confed and the surge isn't as bad as Portsmouth.

If you cant get into Conferderation Basin..., 2010-11-13
Captain: , toronto (449)

This marina is about a 10-15 minute walk from down town located on a parkland. The marina is a little industrial but is a little cheaper than Confederation Basin in downtown Kingston. Wife didnt like the washrooms and showers.

Best marina in Kingston, 2010-10-18
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Good folks, good docks, even though this is a working boat yard. They build boats here even. Great city. Take the tour bus.

Kingston Marina, 2009-07-18
Captain: , lake champlain,vt (10)

We always stay here for provisioning and visiting Kingston. Access to the path along the inner harbor, easy access to town, and quiet. They have been builing boats since some time in the 1600's. Fuel, pump out, etc. Less exp;ensive than Confederation Basin, with easy access.

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