First I want to share info about these two ferries.
Hornes Ferry (pictured above) -
Instead of taking Rt 81 and the International border bridges across the 1,000 Islands, head on over to Cape Vincent, NY for this ferry.
Very small, like maybe 10 cars. I did have my pickup truck and 17ft boat with me. It was a little cramped even by myself. Not the fastest route but so relaxing.
USA Customs is also a small building here but the Canadian Customs is like a shack.
As far as I was told by the American border agent, I'm the only person to drive in reverse, my truck and boat thru customs. We did the interview thru my passenger window.
May thru mid Oct.
$15 for car and driver / $2 per passenger / $3 a bike
7 miles / about 10 minutes travel / just about a ferry per hour
Wolfe Island ferry -
295 Ontario St, Kingston
In Kingston, Ontario it is right downtown and is a large 55 cars ferry. It just takes you over to Wolfe Island but not much there. Yet get here early as it fills up fast.
(613) 548-1080 or 7227
Irondequoit Bay, NY -
The bay is huge but not much here.
Seabreeze Pier and Beach, Irondequoit Bay -
Old timey amusement park. I'm not sure how you would park a boat here. Maybe a dingy option? Worth the trip.
Port of Rochester NY -
Lower section of the Genesee River here has lots of marina and food choices. Public beach and restrooms.
Also another great antique carrousel to visit here.
Bill Gray's Tap Room and Restaurant -
at Port of Rochester.
1000 North River Street, Rochester, NY 14612
*Dock at the Port of Rochester 585-428-7432
Point Breeze, NY -
At the end of the Oak Orchard Creek. Charter boat harbor. Many options to go fishing. NYS Parks launch here.
In the fall hands down the best salmon fishing in this river. Huge spawning here running up to the Lake Alice dam.
The Black North Inn Bar and Grill -
Dock at the marina.
14352 Ontario Street, Kent NY 14477
Port Weller, Ontario -
Is at the opening of the Welland Canal at Lake Ontario.
St Catherines Marina, Port Weller, Ont -
I have stayed at the St Catharines Marina a few years back. Ok place but very tight inside the marina. Fuel dock is way inside. If you are a leary driver, I'd find a different option, like over at Port Dalhousie. Very secure place and the staff was great.
Love the two beaches here too.
Jones beach, kind of really quiet.
Sunset beach, lots of people and a free crappy boat launch.
Also the farmers market to the east of the canal. Werner Fruit Farm.
Just watch for the canal ship traffic when you are in the area.
Port Dalhousie, Ontario -
Few miles west of the Welland Canal. Nice area or was. Stupid condo development ruined this party spot. They tore down all the little bars and eateries.
Has a few options for large marina services and a public beach. Also a very nice carrousel here.
the Kilt & Clover, Port Dalhousie -
Great Irish bar and only one to survive the condo crap. Come saturday night for steak night $11. Plus every night is kilt night.
Hamilton, Ontario -
Toronto, Ontario -
Prince Edward (Island), Ontario -
Not the Prince Edward Island that sits in the Atlantic Ocean, but this one is in Lake Ontario.
Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward, Ont -
Located like directly across Lake Ontario from Oswego NY...errr more a little west. Just head towards Prince Edward Ontario.
I'm telling you this and I know you will balk. This beach is better than any one out there, even dare I say Daytona and the Keys. Well except for the wave action but this is freshwater, still I'd take the Sandbanks.
On the bay side of the park, are sand dunes that are white and 60ft tall. These then run right down into the water. Which is awesome as no rocky sore feet as you step in. You know what I mean. Lots of room for all to layout and on an incline. Go up the hill and on the backside you would swear you were in a desert.
Now take a path and walk to the lake side. Long stretch of beach that goes for a mile or so. Nice gradual sandy bottom out into the water, with a little wave action.
Also make note of the non-nude beach sign on the way out.
Now Shhhh....keep this place a secret.
Trenton, Ontario -
Belleville, Ontario -
Picton, Ontario -
Glenora Ferry -
21 cars 1/2 hour departs or 15min departs
11369 Loyalist Pkwy, Glenora, ON K0K 2M0
Amherst Island Ferry -
Every hour / 20 min ride / 6am-1am
$9 per car / RV $18 / $9 per space like a trailer / $2 Motorcycle / $1.50 bicycle
5604 ON-33, Bath, ON K0H 1G0
Howe Island Ferry -
$8 cars & motorcycles / $17 for truck and trailer / $17 RV / $2 bicycles.
2 Howe Island Ferry Rd, Kingston, ON K7L 4V1
Our location and how to contact us...
Mile 313.60'ish on the Erie Canal
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and less in some places.
The western Erie Canal does has speed limits.
The Canal Corp staff at the locks and the lift bridges, actually keep track of your times passing thru. They contact the staff at your next stop, to let them know traffic is coming and to expect your arrival time. Some staff even operate two separate lift bridges.
You can be fined.
Also bank erosion.
Even though the banks of the canal is covered in large rocks, your wake is undermining it.
This is why we have these ''Guard Gates'' that you pass under every few miles. If the canals embankment has a blowout, these drop to prevent mass water exiting. It has happened.
Watch your wake.
*Please put contact info on your outdoor gear like kayaks; canoe; dingy; life jackets / preservers; throw rings; bumpers / fenders. Anything that can come off your boat.
The reason is, say if your kayak slipped off without you knowing and is found out by itself. Now local fire depts and the Coast Guard will be out looking for a potential water rescue victim(s).
These rescue teams can contact you without doing a massive search for a non-existing emergency.
We all want to find those in need of help, but wayward items just puts undue stress on resources.
If you are out on the Great Lakes or other waterways around them and looking to eat.
'Dock and Dine' lists eateries that you can easily access by boat. In most cases you can dock right there or it is a very short walk.
Check them out or send them a link to your favorite place for them to list.
Hey, do you live on the Erie Canal or close by and want to be a local host?
Hosts help people on the canal like the walkers; cyclists; kayakers; boaters and others. All these groups are so different, yet use the same space here on the canal. Local people that live on the canal, see all the people and some want to help.
Mixed in the listing on the webpages here will be a few Erie Canal Hosts. They might have a private dock; a place to pitch a tent or RV spot; a parking spot for your car or trailer for an extended stay; a local onsite person to help with issues or as a guide.
Does that sound like something you want to assist with? Send me a message and I will try to explain the details better.
Do you need your boats AC unit serviced?
Located in Tonawanda NY, western end of the Erie Canal. Call Tim (716) 831-0333
Fellow big boat owner and good guy.
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