Details for Tobermory Harbour

Tobermory Harbour

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 37 reviews

Address 33 Carlton St.
Tobermory , ON N0H 2R0


After hours contact


Facility type

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

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Municipality of Northern Bruce.


Carla Watson


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Debit, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted. American Express and Discover are not accepted.

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: May to October.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 22
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 18

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Floating wood docks and tie along side smooth concrete wall.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: No size restrictions on transient slips available. If you do have a large beam (ie. catamaran/trimaran), state that when calling on VHF 68 or by phone and they can accommodate.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 75
Transient price: $1.70/ft (2016-07-04)

Other price info: No reservations available.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No mooring available.

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

Additional info: 50 amp, 240 volt power.

Pricing info: 30 amp is $10.00.
50 amp is $15.00.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - There are fresh water hookups at all docks and fuel dock.

Dinghy access

Yes - Dockage is available alongside your own vessel. Short term tie up is available by the launch ramp located downtown.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: Pepco Fuels

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 87 Unleaded (no premium fuel available)

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Propane tanks can be filled at a nearby gas station.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - In the rest rooms and showers.

Launch service

No - Not required.

Pump out

Yes - $20.00, tax included.


Yes - Located at the grocery store downtown.


Yes - Trash and recycling receptacles can be found all around the harbour. Large amounts of garbage can be taken away at the request of harbour staff.


Yes - Clean and accessible shower building located downtown and additional shower at the Harbour office.


Yes - Private shower rooms with heads can be accessed by boaters. Public heads are also available in town.


Yes - A laundromat is located near the launch ramp next to the grocery store.


Yes - There is a grocery store at the head of the harbour. More than adequate. There is also an LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) in town.


Yes - 10 minute walk from the harbour.


Yes - Great variety of restaurants, including a brewery, cafe, pizzeria, etc.


Yes - Great bars/ pubs with awesome patios overlooking harbour.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many motels, hotels, and B&B's located within walking distance.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Tobermory Marine.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Tobermory Marine.

Storage facilities

Yes - Tobermory Marine.

Fishing supplies

Yes - G&S Dive Shop, Much More Camping, and hardware store all provide fishing supplies. Fishing licenses can be obtained at Much More Camping.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Local dive, snorkel and fishing charters are available. Also, tour boat companies tour the islands of Fathom Five Marine Park or offer drop offs at Flowerpot Island.

Internet access

Yes - Amtelcom WiFi is available in the harbour with good signal and speed at all slips. Additionally, the Sweet Shop up the hill as well as the library in town have free unlimitted WiFi access. Most Canadian cell companies have adequate coverage in the harbour, but can be spotty outside of the harbour.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - $12.00 per launch (covers a ramp in and pull out.) $5.00 for a kayak or canoe. Truck and trailer parking is available in paid day-time parking lots nearby.


Yes - You can ride the ferry from Tobermory to Manatoulin Island.

Other services

Free parking is very limitted. Those requiring overnight or long term parking should speak with harbour staff.


Tobermory Visitor centre as well as the Bruce Trail are a short walk from town. The Grotto is accessible by dinghy or small boat and is definitely worth the trip. Helicopter and airplane tours of the area are also available ad depart regularily from the local airport. The next harbour over has shipwrecks that can be snorkelled at certain times of day.

Reviews for Tobermory Harbour
Snug but Busy Harbour, 2017-09-04
Captain: , Penetang, ON, Canada (173)

This is very snug harbour in a great part of Georgian Bay; however you may have no power available unless you arrive early since it is a busy place. They will always manage to accommodate all boats though!

Great place to stop ( and the only one), 2017-09-02
Captain: , Penetang (164)

well run great staff, a little touresty but fun. lots good of places to eat, great wood fired pizza, Foodland for groceries.

Fabulous Marina, 2017-08-18
Captain: , Sacramento, CA (416)

Nothing to add to those who rated this with 5 stars.

Very convenient and well run, 2017-07-19
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (471)

Carla the harbormaster runs a tight ship here, with a very efficient operation! The fuel dock is on the way in and easy to dock. Overnight dockage is on a first come first serve basis but she said they are a harbor of refuge and will find a spot to accommodate everyone. It ended up being no issue and plenty of space. Lots of dock space here, which is shared with the commercial operators for glass bottom tour boats to flowerpot and dive boats. Our dock did not have water but they came and ran a long hose to us. Very helpful staff. And you can't beat the well stocked grocery store right at the head of the harbor and the laundromat. Heads and showers were very clean too. Good job Carla and team!

lively spot with everything close by plus helpful dock staff, 2017-07-15
Captain: , Hilton Head, SC (420)

stayed 2 nights heading S. no reservations but they manage to fit everyone into the little tub. groceries, laundromat adjacent to showers. restaurants, bars

Nice marina with very helpful staff, 2017-06-27
Captain: , Bayfield, WI (340)

We were greeted at the fuel dock and were offered our choice of a slip, or a spot at the downtown dock. We chose the dock, and the staff helped catch lines. There is only one dock, and they put 2-3 boats on each side, so it can be tricky leaving if you are not at the end. We had to turn the boat at the dock to get out, and the staff understood and helped with this, too. Grocery and laundry are right at the end of the dock, so provisioning and laundry was extremely easy. Showers and restrooms are located on the boardwalk next to the docks (among the gift shops, so in a little bit of an awkward spot - but are in a secured building).

This is definitely a tourist destination. Hundreds of people walking around the harbor, dozens of gift shops, and several restaurants within 2 minute walk of the docks. If you enjoy BBQ chicken & ribs (or jerk style) or fish & chips, be sure to stop at Shipwreck Lee's. There are also a lot of tour boats and diving boats in the marina, so there's a lot of traffic. It was a good stop on our way south from The North Channel to Lake Erie.

050817 Tobermort Harbor, 2017-05-23
Captain: , Transient - Plymouth, Mi (811)

Filled up here, have a 300 Gal tank that was at 65% and should take 100Gal, but it took &&& Litres, which converts to 200 Gal. Hmmmm...Called them a left a message after getting back to the states with tank registering 75%, or neededing about 75 Gal. Filled up here and it took just about the correct amount based on my fuel guage. My comments may have been for another Marina not far from this one. Tried to delete and submit for correct Marina.

Small town with a lot to offer., 2017-01-10
Captain: , LaSalle MI (618)

Reprovisioning is easy, a lot of dining out choices, tourist's to watch, quiet at night. Short walk to some excellent hiking. A little busy in town during the vacation season but folks are respectful of the gate on the floating dock, alongside the wall may be a little different. Shopping for every taste and price level.

Quick Stop, 2016-09-19
Captain: , Miami Beach, FL (210)

Stopped in on the way from Midland, ON to Toronto, ON. We were only there for a quick overnight. Nice showers, amazingly clear water in the marina, and friendly staff. Can be a bit crowded with tourists.

Very Crowded, 2016-09-07
Captain: , Leamington (20)

Good, professional service, but very crowded.

This little town is special, 2016-08-17
Captain: , St. Joseph Island, Ontario (189)

Excellent stop on the way to Manitoulin. Friendly and helpful staff. Great place to relax and dine.

Essential resupply stop., 2015-12-23
Captain: , Toronto (482)

It doesn't matter where you're going, if you're sailing Northern Lake Huron, you need to stop here. If whether transiting from Georgian Bay to Huron or the other way around, or heading to the North Channel, this is a worth while stop.

If you're here in late summer, take a cab out to the "Grotto" you can swim under water from a lagoon, through a cave, into Georgian Bay- the water is very cold though.

A Must Stop, 2015-10-20
Captain: , Rockford, IL (614)

The staff at Tobermory Harbour were knowledgeable and helpful. Being here puts you right in the middle of all the shops and restaurants. You'll love Tobermory. While a bit touristy, the town retains a lot of character. I wish we could have stayed longer, there is much to see and do here.

little tub harbor, 2015-09-03
Captain: , Catawba Island Ohio (530)

A great stop heading north or south. Carla the harbormaster and Dan rerally seem to care about their "guests". All the other staff seem to be cheerfull and stay busy catching boats and keeping the restrooms clean. The 3 options for docking are the fingers across from the gas dock, the most private but still with a front row seat for the tour and dive boats coming and going. The middle floating pier in the center of the main harbor where you are watched but not touched. The wall where people will be talking to you and holding on to your boat as they get their picture taken. The wall is sort of fun for a while but may be a little overwhelming on the weekend or for more than a night. The wall is right next to the restrooms and had good wi-fi signal for us. In the past we have taken the tour boat to hike around flower pot island which was worth it if you have the time. A few years ago we were weathered in there for about a week late in september.We were on the wall out of the wind , we were close to everything and we were out of their busy tourist season. I hope the town administration realize how important Carla and her crew are for being ambassadors for the town. They represent Tobermory much better to us boaters than any brochure could do.

Little Tub is a great pit stop!, 2015-08-26
Captain: , Goderich Ontario (38)

We stay every year we go to the north channel. Carla the harbourmaster and crew have always been excellent. Fuel is reasonable and yes there are alot of people hence a tourist town. Lots to see and don't miss hiking the Bruce trail which is very awesome!!

Great staff keep this crowded harbour hustling, 2015-08-01
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1926)

This is a very busy place with a couple of busloads of tourists arriving each day to gawk. Excellent provisioning, solid docks. Decent bathrooms. On a crowded weekend the wifi had a strong signal, but no bandwidth and was unable to load a single page.

Little tub and big tub, 2015-07-18
Captain: , Windsor (270)

We spent two nights in big tub. The water behind our boat was very deep. It was gin clear. With the sun overhead it felt like hovering in the air! Little tub finally had a spot open on the monday. The wall is kind of an 'ego alley' many American 'Rodney Dangerfield boats' tie up here. We were over on the finger piers and had a great time. Fun place in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing else like it anywhere on Huron.

Fun Stop- Again, 2015-05-28
Captain: , Vandalia, Ohio (170)

We stopped in September of 2014 on way to Alpenia, Michigan and again late May 2015 from Kincardine. A tourist destination. Real fun town, many restaurants, shops, boat tours and ferry. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The water is beautiful. Good stop.

Nice marina, nice staff, 2015-04-24
Captain: , Midland (332)

We stayed in July 2014. No reservations. We got a finger dock across from the fuel dock. Little jaunt to the washrooms/showers but it was worth it for the privacy (as compared to the wall)

The Little Tub, 2014-07-02
Captain: , Port Franks (176)

A fun place to visit. Very busy and all the comments about a fish bowl on the wall were accurate. You are part of the show here. The finger slips were a better alternative for us except for the long walk to the showers. Side trips to Flowerpot Island and Cyprus Lake shore were awesome and well worth the visit.

A Bit of a Fish Bowl, 2013-10-16
Captain: , Port Huron (423)

We docked on the wall across from the tourist traps and not far from the tour boats. For some reason this is the preferred location, but we would rather have been on the other side at the finger docks away from the hubub of downtown. We did enjoy talking to the gawkers for a while, but when we wanted privacy, there was little. The washrooms were clean and convenient, though. If you like to be a "fudgie" this is the place. If you want some solitude, dock on the other side of the harbor.

Stay right downtown, 2013-10-15
Captain: , Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH (400)

We docked at the city dock right on the downtown street. Short walk to grocery store, good restaurant on the bluff overlooking the North Channel (Seaview??). But were delayed by rain & winds and fog for 5 days here, because it is a long way to anywhere.

Little Tub, 2013-07-08
Captain: , Boca raton (210)

Always a great starting place when headed towards the Georgian Bay. Helpful staff. The town is a tourist destination with many shops and restaurants. Ferry stops here.

Expensive but Complete - a must stop , 2013-07-07
Captain: , Pittsburgh (564)

The slips are floating docks and the marina will squeeze in the boats when busy. The rate per foot is high @ $1.66 ft + taxes + power (but water is no charge). The local shops are targeted at the tourist trade and there is a fully stocked supermarket. Good chart shop . Scuba diving and tour boats also drive the local economy. The harbor is very busy with tour boats, ferry service to Manitoulin and canoe rentals. The tour boat captains are very courteous and overlook some of the visiting boats bad practices and disregard for the 'rules of the road'. Overall a nice marina town but one day should be sufficient for most cruisers.

Amazing ...Postcard Perfect, 2013-06-17
Captain: , Midland Ontario (660)

This postcard Harbor with it's crystal clear waters has everything you need right there. The town bustles with hikers, tourists, divers and people waiting for the car ferry. This is one of our favorite harbors and we stay here a couple of days on our way to the north channel.

Scenic and friendly, 2013-06-17
Captain: , Pultneyville, NY (852)

Tied up at the fuel dock overnight. Very friendly staff and competitive fuel prices. Short walk to town with restaurants, bars, tourist shops. Hardware is about a 25 minute walk.

Tobermory Harbor, 2012-08-26
Captain: , Bear DE (694)

Great place with friendly Staff. Stayed at the concrete wall near the boat ramp - no slip for a 47ft boat. Get used to the Tourists if you dock at the wall with a larger boat!

Tobermory, a place with lots to do and a nice marina, 2012-06-17
Captain: , Bay City, MI (730)

I would give it 4 stars if our slip had not been across the harbor from the rest rooms. Nice floating docks. 2 30's for 50 amp power. Helpful dockmaster. Ask to be near the restrooms. This is the side where the businesses are. If you want quiet, you won't be near the restrooms, but the environment is very nice.

Great Downtown, 2011-09-30
Captain: , Mac Ray Harbor (120)

Great destination - although if you are on the wall - can be a little like your in a Glass Box with all the tourists looking in an checking out what you are doing in your boat.... Also had someone unplug our Shore power in the middle of the night... that was interesting.. All in all - great town - great place to visit. Would definitely go again.

Little Tub Tobermory, 2011-07-31
Captain: , Jeffersonville, IN (594)

This is a popular, fun place to visit. The municipal harbor allows easy access to the town and its features. Although the local establishments tend to be pricey, there's plenty to eat and drink in Tobermory. The docks are close and consequently you will make lots of friends as you weave your way into your assigned dock. Clean showers compliment this clean port.

A wonderful destination, 2011-02-16
Captain: , Bayfield, Ontario (70)

While we have always stayed here for just a few days on our way to the North Channel, we always love it, and the harbourmaster, Carla, is wonderful to deal with. We are amazed how many boats come in from Michigan and Ohio and spend a week here. They love it as a destination point. Be prepared for a 7:00 am loud horn announcing the departure of the Che-che-mon ferry. The new washrooms are much better. Quaint shops and good restaurants. We always love our time here. The outer harbour can be a bit rolly in a NW wind. Lots of dive boats and other tour boats use the harbour, and if you have a dingy, lots to explore ! Because it is a port of refuge they never turn anyone away, so sometimes it can be a bit crowded with boats rafted off each other. It just adds to the character and enjoyment especiallly knowing you are all safe it things are nasty out on Georgian Bay / Lake Huron. Good weather and the place pretty much clears out every day ! Get your fuel upon arrival .. it can be very busy at the fuel docks in the morning.

A great stop, 2010-10-01
Captain: , Clearwater (617)

We had an engine failure 12 miles out in gale force conditions. The Canadian Coast Guard towed us in and the Marina didn't charge until we had repaired the engine. The Harbourmaster was extremely helpful and had excellent suggestions for lodging, food and things to see and do while waiting for the repairs to be completed.

Nice town, standard food, cold diving, 2010-08-09
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

The further you are in, the less roll you'll get from swell or wakes. However, if you're really far in, as we were, you may be very closely stacked, making it very interesting to get out.

The showers were OK, but cramped. There's a laundry right next to the boat ramp that's $2.50/wash and $0.25/5 minutes.

The food is standard fare with way too much Fish and Chips. The wood fired piza place next to the Sweet Shop is good, but somewhat expensive.

I went on a 3 tank dive that was $90 + $30 for air + $ for every piece of equipment that you rent. Total $157. Pricy....

I decided that I needed to check out the diving, so I went on a 3 tank dive. In the Caribbean I'm used to diving in a tee-shirt and wearing 14 lbs of weights. Not here! This reminded me of New England diving with thick wet suits and 30 lbs of weights. The first wreck, the Niagara II, was a tanker which was sunk in 1999 in 90 feet of water. There was an intense thermocline at about 45' where the water temp dropped from the 60s to the low 40s. Burrr! That was a pretty cool dive, but cold. The next dive, the Caroline Rose, was the wreckage of a 1940s schooner which was sunk in1990. All that remains is scattered wreckage and was fairly boring. The last dive, at the Caves, was a lot of fun. There are underwater passages into a grotto as well as house sized boulders elsewhere. I was the first diver to come up into the grotto and all that I could see was a pair of legs from someone standing in the water. Was I ever surprised when I came up and found the whole grotto surrounded by people watching the divers!

Tobermory harbor, 2010-07-09
Captain: , Michigan (519)

We like this place every time we stop. The floating docks are very low to the water. Everybody is friendly, harbor offers good protection. Tour boats do wake you all day long.
Groceries, laundry, plenty of restaurants, dive shops, etc.

Tobermory harbour, 2010-04-17
Captain: , Sarnia (141)

Very popular stop for those running up or down Lake Huron to the north channel/Georgian Bay. The clearest water you will ever find. Deep draft dockage. Very protected as you get farther in, however the slips closer to the entrance can get rolly with strong winds out of the northwest quadrant. Can be very busy 'on the wall' with tourists passing by. Very helpful dock attendants.

Tobermorey Marina (Little Tub), 2009-06-30
Captain: , Clear Lake, TX (694)

We stayed 1 night on the new wall right downtown. It is a concrete wall about 5 ft off the water that is great for us. Clean showers & restrooms right at the dock and you are in the middle of town. Dock hands met us and helped with docking.
A nice strop. Diesel, gas & pumpouts available.

NIce Place, 2009-06-26
Captain: , Port Ontario, Lake Ontario (410)

We atayed there one night, at the fuel dock. The help were very friendly and helpful. Fuel was very expensive and pumpout was $16.00 Canadian. Not much in the village but it is a nice protected stop point.

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