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Recreational Boating Feasibility and Capacity Study

Halton Region, in partnership with the Town of Oakville and the City of Burlington, is currently conducting a study to review the current harbour and recreational boating facilities capacity within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)/Golden Horseshoe Region with a specific focus within the Region of Halton. This study will look at the next 20 year period and focus on:

  • The anticipated demand for recreational boating
  • The sources and locations of this demand
  • Identifying boating trends (e.g. recreational)
  • Boating and docking requirements
  • Comprehensive rates and fees analysis

The outcome of the study is to provide recommendations on whether or not additional harbour capacity is warranted within Halton.

Current State

  • The Town of Oakville owns the Oakville and Bronte Harbours and leases a portion of Bronte Harbour from the Federal Government. These harbours are at the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek and mouth of Bronte Creek. In total, there are approximately 575 town operated mooring slips within Oakville and Bronte Harbour. Various boat clubs are also present in both Oakville and Bronte Harbours and each has a variety of mooring slips.
  • The City of Burlington has a marina at LaSalle Park. LaSalle Park Marina is a recreational marina located on the north shore of Burlington Bay adjacent to LaSalle Park. The marina is owned by the City of Burlington but was funded by and is fully operated by the LaSalle Park Marina Association with approximately 220 mooring slips.
  • Halton Region leases the land base on which the Bronte Outer Harbour Marina is built from the Federal Government and sub-leases these lands to “The Marina Group” which operates the marina facility with approximately 400 mooring slips.

Presently, all marina facilities are operating close to maximum capacity and maintain waitlists.

Public Consultation

Public consultation is an important part of this study. An Open House was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Halton Regional Centre.

As new information is developed, this information will be posted on the Town of Oakville, City of Burlington and the Region of Halton websites.

Contacts

  • Town of Oakville
    Chris Mark
    Director of Parks and Open Space
    1225 Trafalgar Road
    Oakville, ON L6J 0H3
    905-845-6601 ext. 3111
    cmark@oakville.ca
  • City of Burlington
    Doug Pladsen
    Recreation Planner
    426 Brant Street
    Burlington, ON L7R 3A7
    905-335-7738 ext. 7627
    doug.pladsen@burlington.ca
  • Halton Region
    Stirling Todd
    Senior Planner
    1151 Bronte Road
    Oakville, ON L6M 3L1
    905-825-6000 ext. 7186
    stirling.todd@halton.ca