wiarton ontario

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Wiarton, ON

Lat: 44° 44.927   Long: 081° 8.150

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Town
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2201, 2282, 2283
  • 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 Code519
Emergency911
Police(888) 310-1122
Hospital(519) 534-1260
Pharmacy(519) 534-0230

DISTANCES


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Tobermory, ON 73 N Collingwood, ON 51 SE
Killarney, ON 94 N Penetanguishene, ON 72 E
Port Elgin, ON 133 W Parry Sound, ON 69 N

DESCRIPTION


Wiarton Ontario sits at the head of the beautiful Colpoy's Bay, a long, well-protected inlet from Georgian Bay. Established in the mid-1800's, Wiarton became a lumbering centre with 7 mills lining its waterfront. With the arrival of the railroad, Wiarton became a busy transhipment point.

Today, Wiarton Ontario is a popular tourist destination and the scenery as you sail down Colpoy's Bay, bordered by the magnificent Bruce Peninsula, is simply outstanding.

APPROACHES


The approaches to Wiarton Ontario are clear from all directions. Enter Colpoy's Bay on either side of White Cloud Island. The town is right at the head of the bay, about 7 nm to the SW. As you approach the town, the marina is to the north, on your starboard side. It is marked with a Fl RED light visible 6.3 NM.

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


Wiarton Marina   (519)534-1301   VHF 68
Wiarton Marina has 250 slips and keeps a 1/2 dozen available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. There are water and power hookups at each slip This is a full-service marina and they can carry out engine, mechanical, electrical, structural and rigging repairs. There are washrooms and showers. There is a laundromat in town about a 20 minute walk away. There is a ship's store on-site and a picnic area.

Government Dock      
The Government Dock is located at the southwest end of the harbour. You can tie up there. There are no hook-ups or any services here.

Anchorage      
Anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


Wiarton Marina (See above)

Wiarton Foodland grocery store is located about .3 mi/.5 km from the marina.

TD Bank is located downtown, about .3 mi/.5 nm from the marina. There is counter service and ATM machines.

MEDICAL SERVICES


Wiarton Hospital (519) 534-1260 is a small hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and an acute care facility. It is located about 1 mi/1.6 km from the marina.

IDA Drugs (519) 534-0230 is located about .8 mi/1.3 km from the marina.

PLACES TO EAT


Wiarton Ontario has a number of small restaurants that you can enjoy. The Green Door Cafe is popular with both local residents and visiting boaters. Coal Shed Willies serves a great whitefish dinner. For a pub experience, visit the Wiarton Inn. They have a good menu and a patio where you can dine outdoors.

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


Wiarton Ontario is nestled in the heart of some of the most spectacular countryside. On the one hand, there is the beautiful Colpoy's Bay, named after Sir John Colpoy, an Admiral in the Royal Navy in the 1800's. Inland, lies the Bruce Peninsula with its magnificent views from the escarpment. Bluewater Park is located along Colpoy's Bay and has childrens' play areas, walking trails and a long dock for fishing. There is a beautiful Victorian train station and a statute to that famous weather forcaster - Wiarton Willie. Wiarton Willie is an albino groundhog who, for over 55 years, every February 2nd (Groundhog Day), has been predicting when Spring will arrive. Crowds of up to 10,000 come to witness the event and share in the festivities.

If you want to get out and stretch your legs, the Wiarton area is perfect for this. Bruce Caves Conservation Area protects caves carved out of the rugged shoreline and is a significant geological feature. Colpoy's Bluff, Spirit Rock Conservation Area, Colpoy's Lookout and Skinner's Bluff all offer excellent hiking and stunning views - bring your camera!

Through the town runs the world-famous Bruce Trail. The Bruce Peninsula is home to 13 distinct escarpment parks and they are a delight to explore. The Wiarton Ontario information site will give you more ideas on how you can enjoy your time here.


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