Honey Harbour, ON
Lat: 44° 52.437 Long: 079° 49.141
Honey Harbour sits at the entrance to the stunning 30,000 Islands. The area is a spectacular cruising ground. The village sits just off the Small Craft Route and offers a well-protected harbour for cruising sailors. Originally the homeland of the Wendat or Huron people, from the 1600's, Europeans have criss-crossed this region in a quest first for furs and then later for timber. By the early 20th century, the economy began to shift steadily towards tourism. Today, Honey Harbour is part of one of the most popular tourist regions in all of Canada - the Muskokas.
Quieter in the winter months, it comes alive as summer residents flock to the countless cottages in the area. Honey Harbour itself is small and offers basic services to cruising sailors. There are several marinas with over 300 slips and at least 2 dozen transient slips for visiting boats.
FROM THE SOUTH
Follow the charted Small Craft Route to Turning Island, keeping the RED spar buoys C76, C78 and C80 on your starboard. Clearing Turning Island, you will have GREEN spar buoy C75 on your port. Follow the well-marked Inner Channel into Honey Harbour. There is a 6 mph/10 kph/5.4 knot speed limit in the channel.
FROM THE NORTH
Follow the Small Craft Route to the GREEN spar buoy C97, off Minnehaha Point. Continue south in the channel to a charted RED daymark. Continue on south past the daymark to GREEN spar buoy C95/1. From here, it is a short distance into the Inner Channel and Honey Harbour.
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
Village Marina (705) 756-2760
Village Marina has 100 slips with about a dozen set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only). There is no pumpout station. This is a full-service marina that can carry out engine, mechanical, electrical, fibreglass and canvas repairs. There are water hookups but power is not available. There are washrooms but no showers. There is a ship's store.
Nautilus Marina (705) 756-5534
Nautilus Marina has several slips available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. This is a full-service marina that can provide engine, mechanical, electrical and fibreglass repairs and maintenance. There is water and power available but not to all slips. There are washrooms and shawers. There is also a small ship's store.
Paragon Marina (705) 756-2402 VHF 68
Paragon Marina has 215 slips with at least a dozen set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only) and a pumpout station. A full-service marina, they can provide repair and maintenance services for engine, mechanical and electrical systems plus do repairs for fibreglass and canvas. Water and poer are available at all slips. There are also laundry services available. There is a ship's store on-site.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
Village Marina (see above)
Nautilus Marina (See above)
Paragon Marina (See above)
Honey Harbour Food Towne can handle re-provisioning requirements.
There is no bank or ATM service in the village.
There are no medical facilities in the village.
The nearest hospital is Georgian Bay General Hospital (705) 526-1300, located in Midland, 18 mi/30 km away.
The nearest pharmacy is Walmart Pharmacy (705) 526-4754, located in Midland, 18 mi/30 km away.
PLACES TO EAT
The Waubic Inn has a very good reputation and meals can be enjoyed on their waterfront deck. Rock's Gourmet is a popular sandwich and burger shop. Everything is fresh made.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
Honey Harbour is a delightful village that is an excellent jump-off point to begin exploring the 30,000 Islands. People come here for the natural beauty, the idylic summer days and the adventure of exploring the routes through these islands.
The Honey Harbour tourism page on the Georgian Bay tourism website will give you more ideas on how you can enjoy your time here.
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