wallaceburg ontario


Wallaceburg, ON

Lat: 42°35.617   Long: 082° 23.041

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Town
  • Monitors VHF: n/a
  • Charts: CHS 2200; NOS 14850
  • 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(519) 627-2296
Hospital(519) 352-6400
Pharmacy(519) 627-3388


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Algonac, MI 12 W Sarnia, ON 33 N
Clinton River, MI 27 W Thames River, ON 36 S
St. Clair Shores, MI 29 SW Windsor, ON 36 S


Established in 1804 as the Baldoon Settlement, Wallaceburg Ontario (named after one of Scotland's greatest heros) has grown to a prosperous community of 11,000. Wallaceburg lies 9 nm upstream from the St Clair River.

The Baldoon Settlement, sponsored by Lord Selkirk, struggled, especially during the War of 1812. Selkirk himself gave up on the settlement - but the settlers themselves did not.

Early industry centred on the lumbering trade but in time the economy grew to include glass, sugar and brass. The forerunner of the famous Lee-Enfield rifle was created here and the prototype model today rests in the Wallaceburg & District Museum.


Wallaceburg lies 9 nm or about 1.5 hours up the Chenal Ecarte river from the St. Clair River. Chenal Ecarte (French for blind or dead end) is commonly pronounced sny carty and is sometimes shown as the Sny River. The river is entered between Algonac MI and port Lambert ON. Approroximately .25 nm north of channel marker A36 (Fl RED), on the west side, you will see a NORTH cardinal marker (Black over Yellow) designated XE and a RED lateral buoy XE72. There is a range running SE between these two on a bearing of 138.5°T. Enter Chenal Ecarte on this range. Charted depths exceed 14 ft/4 m.

Proceed up the river at a slow speed. "No Wake" rules are enforced. Walpole Island swing bridge is located approximately 3.5 nm up river. It opens on the hour between 0700 and 2300 [signal is 3 long blasts; telephone number is (519) 627-6823].

Approximately 1.7 nm upstream from the bridge is the junction with Johns Canal on your starboard. Turn to port at this junction and continue to follow the river. Approximately 1.9 nm further upstream is a cable ferry. DO NOT attempt to pass while the ferry is crossing. During operations, the cable may be at or near the water surface. Wait until all operations have ceased and the cable is relaxed and laying on the bottom. Continue upstream for about 1 nm until you reach the junction with the Sydenham River. At the junction, turn to port and continue upstream. Wallaceburg lies about 2 nm upstream from the junction.

Wallaceburg Bridges
There are 5 bridges across the Sydenham River in Wallaceburg. The bridges operate between 0800 and 2300. They open every 30 minutes except from 1200-1300 and 1500-1600. Bridge openings can be arranged by contacting the the Bridgemaster on VHF 68 or telephone (519) 359-2640.


The principal docking area is in downtown Wallaceburg. There is a lot of docking space along the river bank. Check in at the Tourist Board by calling (519) 360-1998 or register at the Tourist Booth in Civic Park.

Wallaceburg Municipal Docks   (519) 360-1998  
There is docking for 200 boats. There is no fuel dock. Pumpout services may be able to be arranged by calling the Dock office. Water and power are available all along the docks. There are washrooms and showers at several locations. The docks are all within a block of the main street, giving easy access to restaurants and services.


There are no marine repair facilities in Wallaceburg.

The closest grocery store is No Frills Supermarket about 1 mi/1.6 km from the docks.

The Bank of Nova Scotia is located about 1/2 block from the docks. It has both counter and ATM service.


Chatham Kent Health Alliance (519) 352-6400 operates the Wallaceburg hospital. It is located about 1 mi/1.6 km from the docks.

Rexall Pharma Plus (519) 627-3388 is located on the main street, about 1 block from the docks.


The Black Goose Grill is located along the riverfront. They serve up a great, inexpensive breakfast and have an extensive lunch and dinner menu. Chez Denise Bistro & Cafe, located a couple of blocks from the docks offers coffee, sandwiches and desserts.


Wallaceburg Ontario is a pretty town that offers great hospitality to visiting sailors. The trip upstream is a pleasant meander through a very rich agricultural area. There is a variety of shops to explore and a large shopping mall about 15-20 minutes from the docks.

The Wallacebury and District Museum is a fine local museum with an expecially important artifact on display. As noted above, the forerunner of the famous Lee-Enfield rifle was created in Wallaceburg, ON and the prototype model today rests in the Museum. In August, Wallaceburg hosts WAMBO - the Wallaceburg Antique Motor & Boat Outing. This one of the largest transportation shows in Canada. Held the 2nd weekend each August, it brings over 100 antique boats to Wallaceburg as well as classic cars, antique fire trucks, tractors and motorcycles. 30,000 visitors can enjoy the antique vehicles as well as arts & craft shows, soap box races, live bands and more.

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