Friendly staff, good location keeps them coming back

At one time you needed a car to get to shopping at this marina. Today a new shopping centre just across the playing field (north and to the west) has a food store, an LCBO and several restaurants. The marina itself has a beautiful new office building with meeting space, washrooms and showers all accessible 24 hours a day with a card. The card is available free with a $20 deposit. I like to leave at dawn so getting your refund can be tricky. So can getting back to the docks without a card because they are locked up also.

The mostly summer student staff seem to have a bit of difficulty with the various electronic forms so expect delays. Everyone is very friendly so put away your Toronto rush and keep smiling. I did and I had a great time. If you call them on 68 they’ll come out and help you dock. Almost every marina says they will but few actually do it.

Be careful to stay within the buoys even in the marina precincts.

Port Whitby Marina

Phone: 905-668-1900

Fax: 905-668-2134

Latitude  43° 51' 29"

Longitude  -78° 56' 10"

Port Whitby Marina

Twice I’ve dropped into Port Whitby marina unannounced to avoid a storm. It is so close to Toronto that I usually don’t plan to spend a night there. The last time was August, 2013. I was sailing down the lake when I spied to the west what appeared to be Armageddon.  The sky was both orange and green, colours you rarely see in the sky together and in the early afternoon. Hi heaved to and got on the internet weather radar. It appeared that if I made it to Toronto, Toronto might not be there. Fearing for my safety and that of Marzipan, I turned a quick 90 degrees and headed for Whitby.