belleville ontario

Belleville, ON

Lat: 44°9.128   Long: 077°22.661

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2007
  • 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 Code613
Police(613) 962-3456
Hospital(613) 962-5511
Pharmacy(613) 966-6297


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Trenton, ON 9 W Cape Vincent, NY 59 E
Wellington, ON 18 S Sackets Harbor, NY 70 E
Kingston, ON 53 E Oswego, NY 76 S
Cobourg, ON 47 W Wilson, NY 89 SW


Belleville Ontario 's roots go back to an early settlement established by John Meyers, a United Empire Loyalist. After the American Revolution, Meyers eventually found his way to the mouth of the Moira River and built a mill in 1790. He prospered and his small settlement prospered along with him. In 1816, it was renamed "Belleville". The community grew and became an important railroad hub as the Grand Trunk Railway spread west to Sarnia.

The city has a diversified economic base. It sits at the northern edge of Prince Edward County, a picturesque peninsula that has been rated as one of "Canada's 8 Great Escapes".


Belleville Ontario lies at the mouth of the Moira River, on the north shore of the Bay of Quinte. Belleville can be approched from the east via the Bay of Quinte or from the west via the Murray Canal.

From the EAST
Follow the buoyed channel up the Bay of Quinte. It will lead you to the mouth of the Moira River, on your starboard side. The principal municipal marina is Meyer's Pier. There is a lighted marker buoy - Q54 Fl RED, directly off the entrance to Meyer's Pier. The entrance to Meyer's Pier is marked with am ISO GREEN light.

From the WEST
The Murray Canal was constructed in the 1880's to connect the west end of the Bay of Quinte to Presqu' ile Bay on Lake Ontario. It is 4 nm in length.

Clearing the Murray Canal, sail east, keeping the RED spar buoys on your port (Remember, you are heading downstream as you sail down the Bay of Quinte.) Approaching the Moira River, you will pass under the Norris Whitney Bridge (clearance is 75ft/23 m). The bridge channel is marked with a F RED light (portside) and F GREEN light (starboard side). Once clear of the bridge, continue east until you approach the third marker buoy - Q54 - Fl RED. Alter course to port and proceed to the entrance of Meyer's Pier, the municipal marine. The entrance is marked with an ISO GREEN light.

Shallow water abounds so make sure you stay within the charted channels and watch depths.


Meyer's Pier   (613) 967-1906   VHF 68
Meyer's Pier is the larger of the two municipal marinas in Belleville. There are 160 slips with some 2 dozen set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at each slip. The marina building has washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is internet/WIFI service available. The marina also has bicycles for rent so you can run some errands or do some exploring.

Bay of Quinte Yacht Club   (613) 966-5931   
The Bay of Quinte Yacht Club is the second oldest yacht club in Ontario and the fourth oldest in Canada. It is located on the east bank of the river basin, north of Meyer's Pier. There are several slips available to transient sailors. There is no fuel dock or pumpout station. The clubhouse has washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. They also have a bar, lounge area and an outdoor patio overlooking the Moira River. Other amenities inclide BBQ grills and internet/WIFI connection.

Crate's Marina   (343) 270-0022   
Crate's Marine is a full-service marina, located on the west side of the river mouth. There are 200 slips with a number set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and pumpout station. Water and power are available at the slips. As a full-service marina, Crate's can carry out a full range of engine, mechanical, electrical and fibreglass repairs. The marina building has washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is a 50t travel lift. Internet service is available throughout the marina.

It is possible to anchor in the river mouth, off Victoria Park or Zwick's Park.


Crate's Marina (See above)

Giant Tiger is the closest grocery store to the marina - 1.5 mi/2.4 km.

Bank of Nova Scotia is about .7 mi/1.1 km from the marina. It has both ATM and counter service.


Belleville General Hospital (613) 962-5511 is located about 1.4 mi/2.2 km from Meyer's Pier Marina.

Rexall Pharma Plus (613) 966-6297 isa full-service pharmacy located about .8 mi/1.3 km east of Meyer's Pier Marina.


The Boathouse Restaurant is located immediately north of Meyer's Pier, along the river. Enjoy a seafood meal or cool drink in its casual, nautical-themed lounge or out on the waterfront deck.. At Earl & Angelo's, you can enjoy steaks and seafood with some excellent wines in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. A little further uptown is L' Auberge de France, an outstanding French bistro. They have an excellent wine cellar and bakery (fresh pasteries, buttery croissants and brioche!). For a taste of Italy, try Paulo's Italian Trattoria.


July is the time Belleville celebrates its waterfront and diversity with the 5 day Waterfront and Ethnic Festival. Every Sunday and Wednesday throughout the summer, Belleville puts on the Concert On The Bay program, featuring a wide range of music styles.

There are excellent hiking and bicycle trails that run along the river or the lakeshore. A loaner bike from the marina makes them easy to explore. Glanmore National Historical Site is a superbly restored mansion dating from the late 19th century.

The Belleville Ontario tourism site will give you an idea of lots more things to do and see while visiting the area.

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