Details for Port Dalhousie Pier Marina

Port Dalhousie Pier Marina

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Average rating 3.2 stars from 12 reviews

Address 600 Ontario Street
St Catharines, ON L2N 7P8


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Winter storage available.


12+ feet on the approach to the harbor.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Gretare than 6 feet throughout the marina. Lot's of weeds up to 3 feet high resulting in false soundings. There is no fuel dock. Local yacht club offers both diesel and gas.

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

Additional info: Gates at each pier require code cards ($20 deposit).

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Can accommodate both sail and power boats up to 100 feet in length with 7 foot draft. No restriction on beam as transient dock is a side tie on floating dock.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 400
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2012-05-15)

Other price info: Also monthly rates.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings.

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

Additional info: Included in slip fees.

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 welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out














Yes - Marine supplies are a two minutes walk.


Yes - There is a restaurant on site but the hours are reported to be very limited.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Numerous fish charter operators base themselves from here.

Internet access

Yes - Multiple access points throughout the marina, fair to excellent coverage at all the slips. Recent fire in the onsite floating restaurant has weakened but workable WiFi access on the docks. Shoreside WiFi is strong.

Boat ramp availability

No - Public boat ramp withing 5 minute walk of the marina.


Other services


Reviews for Port Dalhousie Pier Marina
Closer to Toronto than Hamilton and twice as nice., 2015-12-15
Captain: , Toronto (482)

This is a great summer time stop. There's a nice beach near by and only a 15 minute taxi ride to Niagara Falls. The facilities are very good even though management could work on their bed side manner.

The walking trail behind the marina, goes left t a scenic bluff or right to beauftiful down town Port Dalhousie and the beach.

We had some issues with the sport fishermen on the visitors dock saying sailboats aren't welcome, which was kind of weird since I'm a former comercial fisherman and love to fish, they were probably just drunk.

Skip this Marina if you can, 2015-07-27
Captain: , Petoskey MI (240)

We stayed here the night before we went upbound in the Welland. At this point in our travels, we have about 4000nm under our keel. We have seen many marinas. This was by far the worst.

They do not answer the radio. The lady who answered the phone was the ONLY person working on Saturday-a very busy day. She was very nice and tried to be helpful. However, she did not know what "fixed or floating" docks were when we inquired. She was unsure of the terms-"port or starboard." She apologized and said she was new. When we asked for assistance docking, she said she would try to find someone. There was no one else working. Finally a slipmate took pity after some total confusion over our slip assignment. After landing, we spent at least 30 minutes cleaning goose droppings off the dock. Yuck.

The people on the dock were friendly. The bathrooms were pretty nice. But the odor of the local sewer plant prevailed all evening. Phew.

Next time we would stay on the wall just below Lock 1 and skip this place altogether.

The owner obviously does not know how to run a marina. And to add insult to injury, we were charged $2.50 per foot!!

Caveat Emptor: What an expensive let down, 2014-06-12
Captain: , Toronto (10)

We docked here and were charged $2.00 / foot and expected the services and facilities to match the price. We were very wrong.
We arrived at 6pm only to find that the office had already closed at 4pm. That meant we couldn't get ice either.
The "Mexican Riverboat Restaurant" on their website isn't actually operational and the other restaurants are about a mile walk. (Note: DYC's restaurant is open to the public on Friday nights.)
You pay this price and there is no gas/diesel pump, no laundry, the WiFi was not operational and there was goose/duck guana everywhere.
Not a good experience and we are happy to warn people off.

Note: In our travels around the lake the only other location that charges this $2.00 / foot price is Ontario Place.

Try the public dock first, 2013-10-13
Captain: , Port of Toronto (296)

I went over from Toronto to meet a floatilla of old Grampian sailboats. We had arranged to meet at the marina, they had arranged a special fee, but they hadn't arranged to put us together so even though there were empty docks around me, our group where assigned docks all over the marina. It is quite a hike into the town of Port Dalhousie (which is now just some restaurants and shops down by the lake all part of St Catherines). I suggest a taxi ride. No liquor store and the only gas is at the yacht club next door.

Perfect for our needs, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Sturgeon Bay, WI (287)

We pullled in late in the day after spending 11 hours on the Welland. The marina was clean, but the docking is a bit haphazard because I do not believe they employ dock hands. The marina is staffed by a dockmaster but little else. The owner of the marina seems to be ever present. We rented a car from Enterprise which is only 3 miles from the marina and toured St Catherines and Niagagra on the Lake. Outstanding area to visit.

Protected and Quiet Place to Overnight, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Avondale, PA (448)

This marina is great choice for a stay before/after using the nearby Welland Canal. It's well protected and quiet, though large enough to require a long walk to the heads/showers. We had difficulty contacting marina office on the way in - OK by phone but no one paid attention to VHF calls. We received no help in docking and even no docking assignment - got to pick our own. We tried to find someplace to eat nearby but gave up after the walk turned out to be too long. (The Dalhousie Yacht Club next door is open to the public on Fridays). WiFi is apparently having problems. We couldn't find the nets the office told us were there.

Still a good quiet place to stay , 2013-06-06
Captain: , Midland Ontario (660)

We stopped here last spring and again this June '13. The marina is recently dredged and we found 10+ feet in 'D' dock where most of the bigger transient boats go. Services are basic but people and staff are helpful and friendly.
Restaurants in the area are a bit of a hike and we find the taxi's to be expensive.
We'll stay here again.

Management needds to be addressed!, 2012-07-15
Captain: , Saugatuck, MI (144)

This marina is well situated for entering or exiting the Welland Canal. Transients can also find dining nearby. But . . . I cannot recommend this marina. We contacted the office by phone well before entering the area. We requested slip information and dockage assistance. We were told that someone would be there to help us. Wrong. No one was there to asist with our arrival. More importantly, we were put on the T of a dock that was absolutely filthy! Words cannot adequately describe how disgusting the dock appeared when we arrived. Canadian geese and sea gulls had defecated all over the dock. The mess was unbelievable. In order to dock, you had to walk, literally, over piles of feces. There were even dead fish on the dock. We didn't want to walk on the dock because we didn't want the filth tracked back on the boat, but we had no choice since the marina did not provide any assistance. Once we'd docked, the smell was so outrageous that my wife had to spend the next 1 1/2 hours spraying off the dock. I've never seen a dock in such a poor condition. Birds and ducks aside, management should have a dockhand addressing the mess on a daily basis, particularly since transients are directed to the dock. Perhaps management knows the filth is so bad, that transients will be forced to clean up the mess for them! One of the seasonal renters called out to my wife as she worked and told her that complaints had been registered about the mess, but no one seemed to care enough to address the problem. We've traveled from Ft. Myers, Florida by boat and haven't seen the like. Disgusting. If you can find another marina - go there. If the management won't provide dock hands for arriving guests, and they won't clean up the docks for transients AND seasonal renters, there's a REAL problem. Stay away.

Handy to Welland, 2012-06-15
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1796)

Close to Welland and docks are good. Power did not work for 2 50 amp, no juice. Close to restaurants and harbor town Port Dalhousie. Dock $2.28 per foot including power. 16 foot of water at transit dock. Was here on 6-15-12

Port Dalhousie, 2011-11-24
Captain: , Margaritaville (355)

Clean well kept marina and a good destination if you are Toronto based. A bit of walk to restaurants and shops but can be done.
Marina has a travellift and good repair services abound.

Popular stop - great sunsets, 2011-09-16
Captain: , toronto (449)

Sunsets like the west coast, unbelievable. Bets to have a dingy to get to town otherwise it is a little bit of a walk. A few nice restaraunts. Wide docks. Nice people. Gave us a $20 voucher to come back next year.

Friendly people at a quiet lakeshore, 2011-06-29
Captain: , Hamburg,GER (310)

A good stop before/after busy days in Toronto. The well protected Marina 25nm south of Canadas lagest city also is a good base for a trip to the nearby Niagara Falls.

Friendly community and helpful stuff. With workshops and marina supplys close by I choosed the spot for a haul out and minor repairs. Slips and fascillitys in average to good condition.
Dockage includes a light continental breakfast at the marina office.

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