trenton ontario

Trenton, ON

Lat: 44° 6.1   Long: 077° 34.432

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: 2269
  • 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) 392-3561
Hospital(613) 392-2540
Pharmacy(613) 392-1212


Port* Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Wellington, ON 27 S Belleville, ON 9 E
Cobourg, ON 38 W Kingston, ON 62 E
Whitby, ON 59 W Cape Vincent, NY 72 E
via the Murray Canal


Trenton Ontario is situated at the mouth of the Trent River and is the southern terminus of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Known generally as the Trent Canal. this wateray links Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay via a network of rivers, lakes and man-made canals and locks.

As far back as the early 1600's, French explorers travelled through this traditional homeland of the Mississauga indians. Treaties were negotiated for land in 1787 and settlements began appearing in the vicinity of the river mouth. Initially known as 'Trent Port' and then 'Trentown', the settlement was incorporated in 1853 as Trenton.

During World War 1, Tenton was home to a huge war munitions factory. In fact, with over 100 buildings covering some 2,000 acres, it was the largest munitions factory in the British Commonwealth. In the dying days of the war, the plant blew up and the resulting explosion damaged houses miles away.

Trenton is home to CFB Trenton, the largest RCAF base in Canada. Of interest to sailors, CFB Trenton is home to 424 Tiger Squadron, the air Search & Rescue unit for the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. (I have been on exercise with this unit and can easily say they are a superbly-trained SAR unit.)

Trenton is an excellent stop-over for cruising sailors.


Trenton Ontario lies at the mouth of the Trent River, at the NW end of the Bay of Quinte. The city can be approached 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 right into the municipal marine (Fraser Park Marina), located on the west bank of the river, south of the fixed highway bridge. On the way in to Trenton, you will pass CFB Trenton Yacht Club, located about 2 nm east of the river mouth.

From the WEST
The Murray Canal was contructed 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.

Exiting the Murray Canal, sail east, keeping the RED spar buoys on your port (remember, you are heading downstream as you head down the Bay of Quinte). Off Onderdonk Point, there is a Fl RED buoy. Alter course to approximately 340°T and proceed north to the buoyed channel leading into Trenton.

Pay close attention to depths as the water can get quite skinny. Note too the charted Indian Island Bank.


Fraser Park Marina   (613) 394-2561    VHF 68
Fraser Park Marina is the municipal marina for Trenton Ontario. It is located at the river mouth, on the west bank, just below the first fixed bridge. The marina has about 2 dozen slips available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at each slip. There are washrooms and showers on site. The grounds have picnic areas and BBQ grills. The downtown with restaurants and shopping is steps away.

CFB Trenton Yacht Club   (613) 392-8995    VHF 68
CFB Tenton YC is located on the north shore of the Bay of Quinte, about 2 nm east of the river mouth. The club has several slips available to transient sailors. There is no fuel dock but there is a pumpout station. Water and power are available. There are washrooms and showers in the clubhouse. There is also a bar and covered deck with BBQ grills.


Bay Marine, located about .7 nm east of CFBYC, can carry out engine and mechanical repairs.

Watercraft Marine Supplies carries a full range of boating supplies and kit.

Metro is a large, well-stocked supermarket, about 3 blocks east of Fraser Park Marina.

There are 5 banks with counter and ATM service within 1-3 blocks of Fraser Park Marina.


Trenton Memorial Hospital (613) 392-2540 is located about 9 blocks west of the marina.

Shoppers Drug Mart (613) 392-1212 is about 3 blocks from the marina.


There are several nice restaurants and pubs around the marina. The Skyline Tavern is about a block from the marina and offers casual dining. A few blocks further west is the Celtic Pub.

Heading north from the marina, along the waterfront, is the Port Bistro Pub They have a very good menu (all items made in-house) and a variety of local and international beers. They have a patio overlooking the Trent Canal. For coffee lovers, The Grind Cafe is the place to go.


Trenton is a relaxing place to visit. There is a Farmers' Market every Thursday and Saturday just north of the marina. There is a summer concert series at Centenial Park. Trenton also hosts a big band festival in late July. Every Sept., the music changes to the skirl of pipes as the Scottish/Irish Festival comes to town.

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

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