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Humber Bay, ON
(Toronto)

Lat: 43° 37.109   Long: 079° 26.675

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Bay
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2077, 2085, 2086
  • 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) 530-6000
Pharmacy(416) 259-6361

DISTANCES


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Whitby, ON 30 NE Rochester, NY 90 SE
Toronto, ON 5 NE Oak Orchard, NY 58 SE
Port Credit, ON 7 SW Wilson, NY 33 SE

DESCRIPTION


Humber Bay is a large bight that extends west from Toronto Harbour's Western Gap to Mimico Creek. It was the site where American troops landed and launched their attack on York during the War of 1812. By the late 20th century, the area had been developed into parkland and today contains a mix of residential towers, parkland and trails. Humber Bay is home to two yacht clubs, a private social/recreaction club and a club located up the Humber River best suited to power vessels.

It is a lovely area to cruise apart from yet close to the centre of Toronto and Toronto's Innner harbour

APPROACHES


Humber Bay, lying on the west side of the Toronto Islands, is easy to enter from all directions. On the east side of the bay is Ontario Place with its distinctive, golf ball shaped IMAX theatre. Following along the shoreline west from Ontario Place is a seawall behind which is a private club and extensive parkland. At the western end lies Humber Bay Park, home to two yacht clubs.

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


NOTE: On Chart 2085, note the exclusion area immediately south of the entrance to the Western Gap. It is marked with White/Orange buoys accompanied by Fl YELLOW lights. These mark the approachway to the runway at Billy Bishop Airport. Keep out of this area. It is well-policed and the penalties for venturing inside the are are significant.

The Boulevard Club   (416) 532-3341   VHF 68
The Boulevard Club is located west of Ontario Place, behind the seawall. This is a private members sports and recreation club that will accept transient sailors. The entrance to the club is through an opening in the seawall, immediately east of the club. The entrance is marked with a Fl RED and Fl GREEN light. There are about 4 dozen slips with several set aside for transients. There is no fuel dock but there is a pumpout station. Power and water are available at the slips. Washrooms, showers and laundry facilities as available in their clubhouse overlooking the bay. As one would expect, there are recreational areas, a pro shop, swimming pool and internet access. The club is set in the parkland surrounding the bay.

Humber Bay Park
Humber Bay Park is a large (347 acre/139 hectare), man-made park on the west side of Humber Bay. The park is home to two yacht clubs as well as playgrounds, walking trails and beach areas. The yacht clubs are located on the west side of the park. The entrance is marked with a lighthouse on the southwest point of land, showing a Fl RED light. The entrance to the basin is on the west side, parallel to the shoreline.

NOTE: South of the basin entrance, there is a GREEN private buoy located at 43° 36.62N 079° 28.047W. This buoy replaces a missing government buoy. The buoy marks a rocky shoal. Coming from the east, be aware of it. Coming from the south or the west, DO NOT HUG THE SHORELINE.

Entering the basin, as you pass the inner point on your starboard, you will see a decommissioned lighthouse. Immediately on your starboard is the Etobicoke Yacht Club.

Etobicoke Yacht Club   (416) 259-1159   VHF 68
EYC has 347 slips with a number set aside for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock but there is a pumpout station. Water and power are available at the slips. Washrooms, showers and laundry facilities are available in their very attractive clubhouse. The clubhouse also has a restaurant and lounge. Within a 10 minute walk, there is a streetcar that will take you into downtown Toronto in about 20 minutes. As the club is set in a parkland, there are walking trails and pleasant areas to relax and enjoy the the bayfront.

Mimico Cruising Club   (416) 252-7737   VHF 68
MCC is adjactent to the Etobicoke Yacht Club. There are 302 slips with approximately a dozen set aside for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock. There is a pumpout station. Water and power are available docksideWashrooms, showers and laundry facilities are available. The club has a beautiful clubhouse and lovely grounds. There is a restaurant and lounge, childrens' playground, picnic tables and BBQ grills. There is also internet access. Within a 10 minute walk, there is a streetcar that will take you into downtown Toronto in about 20 minutes. As the club is set in a parkland, there are walking trails and pleasant areas to relax and enjoy the the bayfront.

Toronto Humber Yacht Club      VHF
THYC is situated about 1.25 nm up the Humber River. Due to the fixed pedestrian bridge at the mouth of the river, this club is not accessible to sailboats. Power boats can reach the club but maximum depth is 30". The river bottom is strewn with debris washed down in storms. Power vessel operators need to exercise real caution. THYC has several slips for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only) and a pumpout station. Washrooms and showers are available. Amenities include picnic areas and BBQ grills.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


There are no repair or maintenance facilities in Humber Bay. However, because this is part of the overall Toronto waterfront, there are lots of repair and maintenance service facilities available. Many offer a mobile service and can come to a boat docked in Humber Bay. Check out the Toronto harbour page or the Ashbridges Bay harbour page for lists of repair and maintenace service providers.

The nearest grocery store to Ontario Place is Metro, located about 1 mi/1.6 km from the marina. You would need transportation to get there. The nearest grocery store to Humber Bay Park is Sobey's, about 2 mi/3 km from the park. You would need transportation to get there.

The nearest bank to Ontario Place is Bank of Montreal, about 2 mi/3 km from the park. The nearest bank to Humber Bay Park is a Bank of Montreal, about .5 mi/1 km from the park. Both have ATMs.

MEDICAL SERVICES


St. Joseph's Hospital (416) 530-6000 is a major teaching hospital located about 3 mi/5 km from all of the marinas/clubs along Humber Bay.

Liberty Market Pharmacy (416) 588-8348 is the closest pharmacy to Ontario Place - about 1 mi/1.6 km north.

Akron Pharmacy (416) 259-6361 is about .5 mi/1 km from Humber Bay Park.

PLACES TO EAT


Directly north of Ontario Place is a neighbourhood known as Liberty Village. To get there, you will have to arrange transportation due to the QEW expressway running on the north side of the CNE grounds. This area has dozens of restaurants and bars catering to a wide variety of tastes and budgets. A 15-20 minute walk through both Ontario Place and the CNE will bring you to transit connections that will have you in downtown Toronto in minutes. The Toronto harbour page has a description of some of the well-known restaurant districts in the city.

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


There is so much happening throughout the city of Toronto Ontario that the challenge is sorting out exactly what you want to experience. The Humber Bay area is best known for its waterfront parks. It is a great area to stroll and enjoy being along the bay. The Toronto harbour page has a description of some of the many things to see and do across the city.

As I mentioned, there is a huge amount of things to do and see in Toronto. A quick look at Toronto's extensive City of Toronto Ontario tourism site will give you many ideas on getting the most of your visit.


See Ashbridges Bay

See Bluffers Park

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