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I went to a Grampian sailboat rendezvous here in June, 2011. I had a great time and
met many other Grampian owners but I am not sure if I will return, as Niagara-
Leaving Toronto Outer Harbour, set a course of due south magnetic. I would heavily recommend a few good charts and a GPS/chart plotter for this trip as you will not have many visual sightings on the way there. The dual lights at Port Dalhousie may be visible about half an hour out. There is a tall apartment building on a high point on shore. It will be visible before the lighthouse. The marina is to the left of the harbour entrance behind a breakwater. Be aware that the entrance to the Welland Canal is just to the east, so don't confuse the two entrances.
The faculties are clean and well maintained. You will need a card to access the washrooms and docks. The marina monitors channel 68 so call if you need help docking.
The travel time from Toronto is about 7 hours at 5 knots so pack a lunch to eat in the cockpit
On the way back head north magnetic and you may already see Toronto directly ahead of you. Two smoke stacks to the east of the highrises will give you a good visual course if you are heading to the Outer Harbour. The end of the Leslie Street Spit (Tommy Thompson Park) does not stand out until you are about 20 minutes out.
Port Dalhousie Pier Marina
80 Lighthouse Road
St. Catharines ON
This is a trip across the lake, so be aware that you will be out of sight of land and without cell phone coverage much of the time.
Port Dalhousie (pronounced dal-