The Thornbury Harbour

The Thornbury Harbour

June Newsletter 

For all Transient, Fuel and General Service Inquiries please call 519-599-3131 Extension 330

The Blue Mountains welcomes the public to come and enjoy the Thornbury Harbour. As one of our many public facilities, The Thornbury Harbour offers the following services:

  • 250 docks
  • Maximum length: 70 feet
  • Transient Docks
  • Shore Power
  • 7' Draft
  • Fuel: Gas (91 octane, ethanol free), Diesel and Pumpout

The Thornbury Harbour also offers the following amenities:

  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Ice

Nearby, visitors have access to:

  • Bed and Breakfast Establishments
  • Motels
  • Cottages
  • Restaurants (18)
  • Snack Bars
  • Shopping
  • Variety Stores

Waiting List

At present there is a waiting list for a slip for a vessel 21’ and smaller.  There are approximately 20 vessels in the 22’-27’ category which typically turns over 15 vessels per year. "Turn over" refers to the boats that do not renew and are replaced by boats from the waiting list. There are approximately 25 vessels in the 28’-35’ category which typically turns over 15-20 vessels per year.   There are approximately 22 vessels in the 36’ and larger category.  To add your name to the waiting list, download the 'Harbour Waiting List Application' on the right-hand side of the page, complete it, and return it to the contact noted on the application. A deposit of $150.00 is required to be added to the waiting list. The $150.00 non-refundable deposit will be credited to the first season’s mooring fees. Please note that a slip will be offered twice to a person, and without being accepted, that person's name will be removed from the waiting list.

Current Seasonal Slip Users

Please note that any change in your boat size which will necessitate a different slip will require you to apply first to the waiting list.  This is the result of limited mooring space at our Harbour.

Seasonal Slip User Checklist

Please ensure that you have downloaded, and read the following:

  • Letter to Seasonal Slip Users
  • Land Storage Rates (if applicable)
  • Licence of Occupation-Conditions (Schedule 'A')
  • Proof of Insurance Form

Schedule “A” to the Licence of Occupation will be acknowledged in the completed Licence of Occupation as having been reviewed and agreed to by the applicant. Note that the three page Schedule “A” will no longer have to be sent back and forth between the applicant and the Town. Please ensure that you have downloaded, read, completed and mailed the following:

  • Licence of Occupation 
  • Land Storage Agreement (if applicable)
  • Proof of Insurance 

Please follow mailing instructions on the Licence of Occupation and Land Storage Agreement (if applicable).

Visiting Thornbury Harbour By Water

Thornbury Harbour is located at the south end of Nottawasaga Bay between Collingwood and Meaford at the mouth of the Beaver River. The only significant offshore hazards in the vicinity are the May Ward Shoals, 5 nm to the east of the harbour. Approaching from the north, you will see the prominent Blue Mountain (150 m high) to the east and a smaller escarpment to the west. Another prominent landmark is the white Thornbury Water Tower which stands about 1 kilometer inland. A fairway buoy "TT" is located at 44° 34.15' N, 80° 26.53' W, off the Harbour mouth. From this buoy the course to the end of the pier is 205° True. The channel into the Harbour is to the left of the end of the pier.

A landfall light is located at the end of the pier, showing white if you are on course, red if you are to the right of the course, and green if you are to the left of the course.

Visiting Thornbury Harbour by Land 41 Bruce St. North

By land take Highway 26 westward from Barrie or eastward from Owen Sound. Thornbury is 20 km west of Collingwood and 12 km east of Meaford. On reaching the stop lights at the centre of Town (Bruce St.), turn north towards the Bay and then right at the stop sign (Huron St.). The road descends steeply to the river then turns north to the Harbour.
(Directions courtesy of the Thornbury Yacht Club)

Thornbury Harbour Five Anchor Award

In 2008, Thornbury Harbour received a Five Anchor Award for its eco-efficiency performance. This designation from the Ontario Marine Operators Association was awarded based on a stringent eco-rating checklist, which includes a review of environment management and policies, water quality and habitat preservation, hazardous substance handling, conservation, energy efficiency and waste reduction.

The Clean Marine environmental assessment is part of a Boating Ontario initiative that the Thornbury Municipal Harbour has been part of for 10 years.  The harbour has received 5 Gold Anchors in their 2011-2014 assessment.