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Bluffers Park, ON
(Toronto)

Lat: 43° 42.452   Long: 079° 13.635

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Artificial
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2077
  • Customs: (888) CANPASS (266-7277)
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code416
Emergency911
Police(416) 808-2222
Hospital(416) 495-2400
Pharmacy(416) 264-2424

DISTANCES


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Frenchman's Bay, ON 9 E Pt. Breeze, NY 49 SE
Ashbridges Bay, ON 5 W Wilson, NY 29 SE
Toronto, ON 12 SE

DESCRIPTION


Bluffers Park is a man-made harbour located on the east side of Toronto. It lies at the foot of Scarborough Bluffs - a 200 ft/65m cliff that extends for 9 mi/14 km along the lakeshore east of Toronto.

Bluffers Park is a large basin containing two man-made islands. There is a large public marina and 4 yacht clubs in the basin. This is a lovely, peaceful setting that belies the nearby but out-of-sight city.

APPROACHES


The approach to Bluffers Park is clear and unobstructed. Look for the grey-green cupola of St. Augustine's Seminary on the skyline. The entrance to Bluffers Park is below that and slightly to the east. The outer arm of the breakwater is marked with a Red light.

Once inside, you have several choices - the marina or the yacht clubs.

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


Bluffers Park Marina (416) 266-4556 VHF 68
The marina lies to the port side along the western side of the harbour basin. This is a full-service marina with 400+ slips. There is transient docking for 100 boats. Fuel (diesel & gas) is available along with water, power and pumpout. There are washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There are on-premises repair and maintenance services as well as a restaurant and a pub. A picnic area is available with BBQ's. The marina is connected via a walkway to parkland on the west side of the harbour. Internet is available.

Bluffers Park Yacht Club (416) 261-6993 VHF 68
When you enter the harbour basin, you will see BPYC clubhouse on your bow., distinguished by a bright yellow awning. BPYC has transient docking for about a dozen boats. There is no fuel dock. There is water and power at each slip and pumpout facilities as well as a mast crane. There are washroom. shower and laundry facilities in the clubhouse. The club has kitchen facilities available, a small but lovely bar open on weekends and attractive grounds with BBQ's.

Highland Yacht Club (416) 267-0224
HYC is located on the west side of the same island as BPYC. It has approximately 125 slips with a dozen available for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock but there is water and power at each slip and pumpout is available. There are washrooms and showers at the clubhouse as well as kitchen facilities. Amenties include picnic areas and BBQ's. There is also internet access.

Scarborough Bluffs Sailing Club (416) 264-2192
SBSC is a true dryland sailing club. When you enter the harbour, turn to starboard, passing the yellow canopy of BPYC. The next entrance on your port will bring you into SBSC. There is transient docking for 4 boats. There is no fuel dock nor is there water, power or pumpout. There are washrooms and showers and kitchen facilities in the clubhouse. Their 2nd floor balcony is a great location to look out over Lake Ontario. Their grounds offer picnic areas and BBQ's.

Cathedral Bluffs Yacht Club (416-261-0537 VHF 68
CBYC is located on the same island as SBSC to the east. With 250 slips, this is the largest of the 4 yacht clubs in the harbour. It has about 2 dozen transient slips available. There is no fuel dock but there is water and power at the slips and pumpout is available. Their lovely clubhouse has washrooms, showers and laundry facilities available. It has a lovely dining room and very nice bar with balcony - both overlooking the Lake Ontario from the 2nd floor. Their grounds have picnic areas and BBQ's. Internet service is available.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


Total Marine Service is located within Bluffers Park Marina. It provides a full range of engine, electrical and mechanical repair services. It has a travel lift as well.

The Canvas Shop is situated within Bluffers Park Marina. It offers a range of canvas repairs as well as fabrication services.

The Rigging Shoppe can carry out rigging repairs and has a mobile rigging service.

A short taxi ride north is Kingston Road. Although close by, you would want to take a taxi as the climb up the bluffs can be 'character-building'. Along Kingston Road, you will find strip malls and grocery stores where you can look after any provisioning needs.

MEDICAL SERVICES


Scarborough General Hospital (416-495-2400) is located 3 mi/5 km from Bluffers Park marina. The closest pharmacy in the immediate area is Rexall Pharma Plus (416-264-2424).

Most medical specialties such as chiropracters, etc. are located within easy reach.

PLACES TO EAT


Bluffers Park Marina Restaurant is located right in the marina at the office building. From its 2nd floor, you have a terrific view of the harbour and Lake Ontario beyond. It offers a varied menu of meats, seafood and pasta.

The Dogfish is a relaxed pub located downstairs from the restaurant in the marina office building. It serves standard pub fare and is very popular with local boaters.

Cathedral Bluffs Yacht Club has a lovely diningroom that offers a varied menu from snacks to full dinners. It is open to members and visiting sailors staying at the club.

Outside the marina, you can go up the bluffs to Kingston Road. In either direction are lots of restaurants and pubs. If you took TTC (the local transit authority, you could go into downtown Toronto where there are restaurants and pubs to suit any palate or taste.

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


Located well to the east of central Toronto, Bluffers Park is a place to relax. Activities tend to focus on strolling docks, wandering the adjacent parkland, enjoying the hospitality of the various pubs in the harbour or just hanging out by your boat.

As noted above, downtown Toronto is easily accessible by streetcar. - about a 40 minute ride. Taxi cost would be about $40.00. There are a huge number of things to do and see in Toronto. A quick look at Toronto's extensive tourism site, including Bluffers Park, will give you many ideas on getting the most of your visit.


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