Details for Tip of the Bay

Tip of the Bay

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 19 reviews

Address Picton, ON


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: 20
Total: 68
Transient price: $1.69/ft (2016-08-20)

Other price info: Includes tax. Includes 30 amp power.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

Additional info: 15 amp also at slips.

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Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water hook-up is shared by several slips. May need a long hose to access.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Available at municipal dock which is to port, just before the Tip of the Bay. There is room for a few transient boats at the municipal dock. They match the marina dockage rates.

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

No - Pump out is available next door at Picton Harbor City Marina.












Yes - The bakery next to Tim Horton's on Main Street has a wide variety of baked goods.






Hotels or motels

No - The hotel closed.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

No - No WiFi. Good cell phone signal.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - At the municipal marina next door.


Yes - Taxi

Other services


Sandbanks Provincial Park, 100 foot sand dunes!

Reviews for Tip of the Bay
Great Place, 2017-07-19
Captain: , coeymans landing, ny (74)

The high water level has closed and damaged some of the docks here but they have worked hard to get everything working. We had slip 7 on dock C and it was perfect for us. Water pressure was low but adequate and we topped off the tanks.

Main Street is very, liquor, shoe store, lots of clothing stores, etc. The 555 brew pub was great. We had a flight of their beers and an artisan pizza. There is a movie theater. We ate supper of fish tacos and fish&chips at the first bar/restaurant on the right (I think "Coaches") and watched a Toronto game on TV. Also a couple of great ice cream shops.

Captain Terryble
M/V Courageous

Pick of the litter in JUne of 2017, 2017-06-19
Captain: , Honolulu (712)

The water is still very high in the middle of June. Tip of the Bay has made the effort to make its docks and electric service accessible. Friendly residents and staff. The three shower/head units are small and basic, but clean. $1.50 a foot. The town of Picton is picturesque, two supermarkets and liquor store within a mile or so from the harbor. Don't miss the Lake on the Mountain, which requires a taxi ride, $30 canadian round trip, great view of the Adolphus Reach.

OK spot closeish to downtown, 2017-04-06
Captain: , Kingston ON Canada (280)

Docks ok and we were helped in by the friendly marine manager. Facilities are, er, ah, not great. It's is close to downtown shopping and restaurants.

Some Positive, Some Negative, 2016-06-08
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

While trying to hail someone at the Park Marina, the Tip dockmaster said he had a slip for us. Well, not really a slip, as the finger docks are only 24' long, a bit short for our 40' boat. They directed us down the fairway to tie off on the shore wall, with submerged pilings right behind the boat. There are two T-heads for larger boats, but both were occupied when we arrived. The dockmaster was helpful, taking us to his office on his boat, handing us his cell phone dialed to the Canadian Customs number, so we could easily clear customs. Fair docks, less-than-average restrooms, 30 amp power.

Main Street is completely torn up with underground construction. There are patchy sidewalks on both sides for walkings. The bakery next to Tim Hortons has some wonderful bread, a variety of baked goods, and even to-go prepared meals.

If we had to do it again, we would tie to the Park Marina wall and wait for someone to collect dockage fees or ask us to leave.

Creepy marina, fantastic town., 2015-12-16
Captain: , Toronto (482)

I had trouble rating this place, part of me wanted to say 1 star because the marina was a little creepy, my wife was afarid to be on the boat on her on here, lots of characters on the dock.

I can't rate it that low though because we were in need of engine repairs after a grounding in the Murray canal and they provided us with a good deep dock, end tie up for easy maneuvering with shore power. We weren't hassled and the price was reasonable.

Plus extra points because Picton is an absolutely lovely town with all the supplies you need (Canadian Tire is a looong walk with a gallon of coolant in one hand and a gallon of oil in the other).

I would happily tie up here if no other docks were available in Picton.

a quiet night at the dock, 2015-09-01
Captain: , Pittsburgh (564)

The facilities have been described many times before this review. We found the town to be charming and much bigger than we expected with all kinds of stores. Very quiet after dark.

Benign Neglect, 2014-11-04
Captain: , Port of Toronto (306)

I asked for help at the dock. The young lady stood and watched us come in without assisting. She had her POS machine in hand to process my credit card. I never saw her again.

The washroom codes didn't work. That's okay because they were filthy anyway. Go to the town marina. Avoid this place at all costs.

The town was close and worth the trip. The LCBO is a bit of a hike. Don't miss the book store.

My spies in Picton tell me that the location has been approved for a condo residence in 2014 so I'd go to the munipal marina just north of it as it may be closed in 2015.

Nice place to check in to Customs., 2014-06-11
Captain: , Port Sheldon (421)

Nice protected bay. The marina is very basic. The bathrooms were simple but clean. Jim the Harbor Master met us at the dock to help tie us up. He was very friendly and helpful. Let us use the phone to check in to Customs.

Owner missing, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Barrie (103)

Stayed here one night on our trip North up the tTrent. Owner never showed up. Couldn't use the facilities. Pictons Nice.

Service you wouldnt believe!!, 2013-06-23
Captain: , Picton (13)

Quality service that goes above and beyond for you even if your stay is just for the day.

Tip Marina, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Longboat Key, FL (445)

Nice convenient marina in Picton. A and B docks are new. If you are longer than 40 feet ask for T head. 30 amp power. We used two with splitter for 50 amp. Fenders close to water, cleats also very small. Didn't see heads. Small park adjacent great for dogs. Motel now converted to offices.

First Stop in Canada, 2013-06-10
Captain: , Charleston, SC (422)

B and C docks are relatively new but the fingers require boats of 34' (ours) to either back in or ask for a spot on the "T" head. Easy walk uphill into town with some great restaurants, Post Office, Banks, Grocries and Tim Hortons. Slip prices are 1.25/ft but Thurs thru Sat the rate goes up to 1.50/ft. Plenty of 30 amp but I didn't notice any 50 amp. Heads are basic but clean (2 for men and 1 for women)

Very Good Stop, 2012-06-15
Captain: , Guntersville, AL (451)

A little off the beaten path but a great place to wait out a blow or bad weather or just a nice little town to visit. B dock has good depth, good power and convenient to town with most all services. Nancy is a great hostess and full of good recommendation around town. Others have described this area as a fjord with food protection from all but a north wind. They do not monitor the VHF radio.

Picton work in progress, 2011-08-17
Captain: , n o n e (137)

We had a good stay on B dock. I was able to connect my 30amp splitter to 2 connections at the end of B dock and had good 50 amp power.

Picton - Tip of the Bay, 2011-07-30
Captain: , Central Illinois (537)

Good news - the take reservations. "B" dock is recently rebuilt.
Location is good.

Other docks need some work and electric may require multiple cords to get distance to 30 amp. Water is at slip.

Picton, nice town, 2011-06-25
Captain: , Bradenton, Fl (42)

Picton is a nice town but the marina is not to nice. No hot water in the bathrooms, no electricty in two of the bathrooms. The place seems to be trying to improve and may need some time.

Picton is always a stop when we pass, 2010-11-13
Captain: , toronto (449)

Over the years the hotel, restaraunt and marina has seen better days but to is the closest marina to the town. There are nice restataunts, Spa's, close by but it is a little walk up hill from the harbour. Sandbanks provincial park is a short cab ride away and you are in 100 foot sand dunes.

Convenient but Woobly, 2010-07-13
Captain: , Cobourg, Ontario, Cdn (122)

A very popular spot, close to town, although the grocery store is a good hike. The docks however are very unstable, carefull as you exit your boat or venture out on any of the fingers to help a fellow boater. Free WIFI but it doesn't extend to the docks but is available at the hotel and also at the Library in town.

Tip of the Bay, 2009-08-11
Captain: , Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa, Ontario (65)

Large number of mooring slips but facilities are getting a bit run down. Can phone ahead to reserve a slip. Small discount on mooring if staying at the hotel. Entertainment patio near moorings which stays open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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