kincardine ontario

Kincardine, ON

Lat: 44° 10.675   Long: 081° 38.609

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Town
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2261, 2291
  • 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
Police(888) 310-1122
Hospital(519) 396-3331
Pharmacy(519) 396-2133


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DeTour Village, MI 157 NW Tobermory, ON 75 N
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Enter Kincardine Ontario harbour at dusk and you will be guided in by the haunting tones of the Phantom Piper. This is just one hint of the strong Scottish tradition of this beautiful community. A place to witness spectacular sunsets, the area was settled in 1848 by Scottish settlers. It grew to be a prosperous community with a successful local fishing industry, lumbering, salt mining and manufacturing.

Today, Kincardine is home to the Bruce Nuclear Plant. And the sunsets are as spectacular as they were in 1848.


The approaches to Kincardine Ontario from the south and west are clear. It is important to stand well offshore - 3-5 nm, especially as you approach Point Clark. Point Clark is marked with the Point Clark Light - a Fl White light visible 11.3 nm offshore. The obstructions near the point are marked with a F RED light shown as "V6" on your chart

From the north, stay well-off several miles as you sail south. Kincardine Ontario is marked with an Oc RED/WHITE/GREEN sector light and horn. Wait until you see the WHITE sector light before altering course to enter the harbor. There is an unlit breakwater .25 nm offshore, running on a NE-SW line slightly to the north of the channel entrance. Coming in on the WHITE sector light will ensure that you remain south of the breakwater.

The harbour landmark is a white lighthouse whose light is visible approximately 10 nm offshore. Once you clear the entrance, the marina, operated by the Kincardine Yacht Club, will be on your starboard.


Kincardine Marina   (519) 396-4336   VHF 68
Kincardine Marina is operated by the Kincardine Yacht Club. There are 154 slips with 20 set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and pumpout station. Water and power are available at the docks. There are washrooms and showers available as well. Amenities include a small ships store, picnic areas with BBQ grils and complimentary bicycles to get into the village a few blocks away.


Knechtels Foodmarket is located in the village, several blocks from the marina.

The Royal Bank of Canada has a branch a few blocks away with counter service and ATMs.


Kincardine and District General Hospital (519) 396-3331 is located 1.2 mi/2 km from the marina.

MacKechnie Pharmacy (519) 396-2133 is located 1 mi/.6 km from the marina.


Kincardine Ontario has a nice selection of places to relax and enjoy a good meal or cool drink.

The Harbourfront Brasserie is a delightful restaurant that sources much of its food from local farmers in the immediate area. Watercress Bistro focuses on fresh foods and lots of healthy selections. The Erie Belle is the place to go if you're a fish and chips fan. For a good pub experience, try the Hawgs Breath Saloon.


Kincardine Ontario celebrates its Scottish heritage in a big way. Every Saturday evening, its century-old pipe band parades though the town to a local park for a weekly evening concert. A lone piper, known as the Phantom Piper plays at sunset each evening (except Saturdays) from the top of the lighthouse.

In July, Kincardine hosts its annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games. There is an active summer theatre program at the Bluewater Summer Playhouse. Kincardine has beautiful beaches as well

Of course, gorgeous sunsets are available most nights, courtesy of Mother Nature. There is also the Kincardine Ontario tourism site that will give you many ideas on getting the most of your visit.

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