Details for Marina de Saurel - Parc Nautique de Sorel

Marina de Saurel - Parc Nautique de Sorel

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Average rating 3.5 stars from 14 reviews

Address 155, Chemin Sainte-Anne
Sorel, PQ J3P 1J6


After hours contact

Michèele Daneau or Manon Daneau

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
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: $1.90/ft (2015-07-01)

Other price info: Fairways are narrow on the left hand side of the marina. Water was reported to be about 5 feet in July 2011.
With taxes the dockage was $2.20 /ft in 2015.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Smart "Y" adapter did not work when hooked up to 2 30 amp receptacles, July 2011.

Pricing info:

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 welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Very steep ramp from the docks to shore make this a "think twice" about going up the ramp in a scooter.

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump out costs $25 in 2015.






Yes - New facilities built in 2015.




Yes - 3 washers, 3 dryers. $1.50 each. No place to sit while waiting. No place to fold laundry.


Yes - But it is a long walk.



Yes - Long walk.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - A nice on-site ships store.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Other services

Hospital, dentisit, library, drug store about a mile away. Easy walk on sidewalks.


Nice town to see, but a fairly long walk.

Reviews for Marina de Saurel - Parc Nautique de Sorel
Room for improvements , 2016-08-22
Captain: , Richmond Hills, GA (230)

Previous reviewers have mentioned the narrow fairways, and they are absolutely right. They may be fine for the typical 25-30 foot boats local residents keep here, but for longer boats, such as our 38' + swim platform and dinghy, the fairways are not adequate.
The staff tries hard, but most are college students working for the summer, and they have little or no firsthand experience at the helm. They did not understand the significance of our single-engine, no bow thruster trawler.
The directions to our slip weren't clear, so we went past the correct fairway, had to make a very tight turn into a vacant slip, then back out, with the help of a fellow Looper, one staffer, and several resident boaters, then another tight turn into the correct fairway. Although we had provided our beam as well as our LOA, our trawler is only two feet from the adjacent boat, and docking in a 15+ knot wind was very difficult.
Docks are very low, making it a big step to get off the boat, even with our 3-step Little Giant ladder. Once on the dock, be prepared to walk with great caution as the dock wobbles badly.
Final observation: the ramp from the dock to land is very steep - about 45 degrees today. After a summer thunderstorm, it is very slippery. I watched one woman's feet slip out from under her as she started down. There are traction bars every 12", but the textured rubber surface under them isn't nonskid when wet.

Marina Sorel 2016, 2016-06-18
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

Well, here it now 2016, and we will write the first review for this year.
When called on phone, there was a scramble to find someone to speak English (took only a few seconds). Polite young man, Bill, took our reservation and said to call on Channel 68 on approach.
Called on 68, Bill answered immediately, even though the fuel dock was very busy. We asked for a pump out because it was needed AND gave us a chance to check out the dock situation. We waited in the fuel dock lineup and soon got our pump out.
We asked where they planned to put us and were offered TWO options. After Bill and I walked part way to the first and I saw how convenient, and easy, and wide, it was, told Bill that we would take that one.
Granted, no one came to help with docks lines, but I would not have asked because they were very busy and the conditions were easy.
Sign up easy, gave us a map, offered us bikes to go to town, no questions about getting change for the laundry.
All in all, a great experience after reading the last few negative reviews.
Resturant above the office was good for lunch with great views out onto the river and of course, the show of all sorts of craft trying to get fuel and pump outs. Great job by the marina crew!

Sardine can tight docking, 2015-08-10
Captain: , Ocala FL (515)

We called and mentioned our 16 foot beam and 44 ft length and still were placed in a very tight fairway to dock.
We had to drop the dock key off the next day and had a heck of a time trying to dock on the down-wind side of the fuel dock as the upwind side was filled with small boats.
Staff was polite, but no assistance in docking upon our arrival. Did assist at the fuel dock.

Very Tight for a 40' boat, 2015-07-11
Captain: , East Greenwich RI (515)

This was a stop before starting down the Richelieu. Found the staff friendly enough but under staffed. They were busy with fuel dock and pump out. Assigned us a spot with wind abeam off the dock in a narrow chanel with no rom to turn. Managed to back down chanel into a very tight Stb side long dock. Took a lot of effort to get manuvered and in. No help with lines --and it was really needed for this spot. Price with tax is up in the 2.10$ CN range.
Took bikes to town --Sorel has been under rated in the cruising guides. Lovley little town --you could eate there for a week and and not do the same restrurant twice! Clothes hound paridise.

Good Stop - Enjoyed it, 2015-06-23
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (532)

6-1&2-15 - Well protected harbor to wait out weather and regroup before traveling the St. Lawrence. Easy fuel dock, dock master spoke English, answered radio and was on hand to assist and get us tied up, approach is well marked and deep, floating docks are a little tippy, be careful. Laundry and restrooms are a hike but clean and well maintained. Dog friendly, parks along the waterfront. Biking in town was easy, several grocery stores. Working class town with some pretty churches and plazas. Went to the Biosphere Musuem which tells the historical and environmental story of the St. Lawrence and the islands in the river. Very interesting and the staff was charming. They were fascinated to hear of our journey. Good stop, found a great little bookstore and pub for lunch. Everyoone we met was eager to be helpful despite the difference in language.

Strategic Spot before or after the Richelieu River, 2015-06-08
Captain: , Seattle Wa (200)

They were just getting their new facilities on-line (office and ?) when we came. Good docks and well protected. Long walk to anything. No internet when we were there. Helpful staff and friendly locals.

I think my ratings are tougher than some peoples. Here are my rating guidelines - - 1 star - Lousy, skip this one- 2 star - Not terrible but we wouldn't come back- 3 star - Quite nice. We liked it overall and would return- 4 star - Great experience including facilities, management and setting- 5 star - Spectacular everything (there aren't many of these - Maybe the megadock in Charleston)

Great Marina!, 2013-07-28
Captain: , Hanover, PA (335)

Easy! Stayed here for 4 nights starting 18 July 2013 to rest & wait out a cold front. The staff were very skilled & took great care of us. The marina manager, Commodore Gaeton Belanger, took a special interest in us, making restaurant recommendations & taking us shopping in his personal car. Plus, they sell the Canadian charts that we needed for the St Lawrence & Ottawa Rivers, and the Rideau Canal. The Commodore is spending $2.2M this year to dredge both this marina and the Federal marina next door. all in all, a great stay!

Nice facility - poor management, 2013-07-09
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

From the Admiral:

Very clean, well organized docks, young staff pleasant and helpful, though with limited English. Very active fuel dock kept what staff there was busy.

Incompetence on the part of the man who took our reservation and assigned our slip marred our stay. We got to our assigned slip, only to find that we had been told the wrong side tie. A bit of hassle as we changed gear over to the other side whild the wind kept us moving in a narrow fairway. No marina staff to help get into the narrow space, but neighboring boats all helped. Three hours later, we are informed that we must leave the slip IMMEDIATELY, as the slip owner is there and wants his space. Supper had just been put on the table, and it is pouring rain - no matter, get out and go to another slip - at least the poor kid who had to chase us out went to the new slip to help us in. The new slip wass even narrower than the first. By the time we squeezed in, lines to hold us to the finger were not needed. That tight.

4 or 5 stars might have been given, had we been assigned a slip that we could stay in, and been told the correct side to rig lines and fenders, from the start. This is the worst marina experience we have had.

Nice marina but..., 2013-04-22
Captain: , Oka, Quebec (260)

The marina and services are OK. The staff was very nice and very useful when we were there. Dockage is problably too small to accommodate larger boat. No services (groceries or restaurants) nearby.
The "Parc Nautique Federal", 1 mile west, is not very pretty but is nearer downtown's restaurants and grocery.

Well protected marina, 2012-07-19
Captain: , Lake Champlain, VT (271)

Nice facility, but no services very close. Friendly, helpful staff and congenial neighbors.

Couldnt get in - SHALLOW, 2012-06-19
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4187)

Had a reservation. Told them we were 41 ft and draw 4ft. Get there and there was only one dock hand who barely spoke English. He was very nice, polite and helpful, but communication was not good. Tells me to pull up to the gas dock to receive our slip assignment. Going in I see its soft silt shallow about 3.5 ft but push through it. The only place available was along a long dock but between other boats. Looked like we might fit. We pull over there and it was also shallow (3 - 3.5ft) but it was too tight to pull in. Then they move a boat and tell me I can go there. I use my hand held depth finder for the dink and also measure 3.5 ft depth at the dock. They dont get it. Had to leave the marina and move on to an anchorage.
RECOMMENDATION: Be sure you inquire about DEPTH, size of slip, etc.
There were no managers or other employees around to deal with out docking. NOT GOOD MANAGEMENT in my opinion.

Staff helpful but not knowledgeable - Jul 2011, 2011-10-19
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

We're a 44' Defever. We had significant issues with their power pedestal and none of the staff was knowledgeable enough to solve the problem. We moved to the other side of the marina. I don't feel that the marina is equiped to handle boats our size with 50 amp power requirements. Easy walk into town with lots of shops & restaurants.

Great stop, 2011-08-13
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

Staff is friendly and helpful with English as their second language which is a problem on the VHF, but not otherwise. Very busy fuel dock on weekends, sometimes causing a traffic jam at the two breakwater entrances (no rational traffic pattern).

National Rental car came to marina to pick us up after hours on Saturday.

A great place to stop, rent a car, and drive 210 kms to Quebec City if not interested in taking the river down and back against the current.

Marina rate was $1.70 per foot plus tax; no extra charge for hydro.

First Class, 2010-10-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

While this is a first class place, it is a fairly long walk to everything. But a great stop as up from Champlain before going down the St. Lawrence or to Quebec City.

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