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The 8 Largest Marinas in Canada You Must Visit

The 8 Largest Marinas in Canada You Must Visit

Canadians love their lakes. With over 50% of the world’s natural lakes residing in Canada, they have every reason to. Without its lakes, Canada would actually be smaller in area than the USA!

This article looks at 8 of Canada’s largest marinas, situated on 6 different lakes.

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8. Kelowna Yacht Club

With around 1000 slips advertised for rent on their website, Kelowna Yacht Club sits on approximately 24 acres, making it one of the most compact large marinas in Canada. This marina offers an enormous and likely one of the nicest yacht clubs in British Columbia and has been around for over 70 years.

7. Krate’s Marina

Located in Keswick, Ontario, Krate’s Marina holds over 500 slips and encompasses 32 acres. Krate’s Marina is on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, about an hour’s drive from the heart of Toronto via the ON-404 highway. They offer a parts and service department and also recently added a boat rental program to their marina.

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6. Outer Harbour Marina

Located 10 minutes from the downtown core of Toronto and just minutes away from Billy Bishop Airport, Outer Harbour Marina is our most urban marina and thanks to the nearby airport, one of the most accessible. Outer Harbour Marina is on Lake Ontario and contains over 600 slips which cover about 33 acres. With prices starting at $104 per foot, a standard 30 foot boat can expect to pay over $3100 plus tax, per season.

5. Bridgeview Yachting Centre

Located across the border, just a couple thousand feet away from the USA, Sarnia is home to the Bridgeview Yachting Centre. This marina estimated they offer over 750 slips and sit on at least 35 acres. Some of Bridgeview’s unique amenities are an outdoor pool, dockside barbecues and air-conditioned washrooms. They are located on the south edge of Lake Huron.

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4. Friday Harbour

Unlike the majority of our list, Friday Harbour on Lake Simcoe is a year-round $1.5 billion resort project offering everything from a golf course to multi-million dollar condos and a whopping 2000 slip marina, making it the largest capacity marina in Canada. Although 2000 slips is larger than any other marina on our list, CTV News claimed the marina itself only sits on 40 acres of the 600 acre resort. The amount of non-boater activities available makes Friday Harbour one of the best non-boater destinations on our list.

3. Bay Port Yachting Centre

Up in Georgian Bay, Bay Port Yachting Centre posts a capacity of over 700 slips. Over the phone their friendly staff reported a very modest 5 acres, but after using Google Maps satellite imaging, we saw they were over 45 acres, making them not only a top 3 contender, but probably the most modest marina on the list. Like Friday Harbour, Bay Port is also owned by a conglomerate — Parkbridge is Canada’s largest owner and operator of residential land lease communities and resorts.

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2. Wye Heritage Marina

Coming in second place, Wye Heritage Marina claims to be the largest freshwater marina in Canada on their website, however didn’t measure up under our investigation. They claim to have 800 slips, which puts them below 2 marinas on our list in that category. Over the phone they said they sit on about 100 acres but after doing a survey on Google Maps satellite images, we estimate their size to be around 70 acres. Wye Heritage is also owned by Parkbridge and is located in Midland, Ontario on beautiful Georgian Bay.

1. MacDonald Turkey Point Marina

Topping off our list, MacDonald Turkey Point Marina offers approximately 750 seasonal slips on a massive 78 acre property located on the north shore of Lake Erie. Unlike the other marinas in the list, this giant also allows cottage owners to rent access to its waterways for those cottages that back onto the marina channels. If you factor in the cottage owners, the acreage climbs to approximately 110 acres, putting it above the other marinas on our list, in both scenarios. The marina offers a 12 nozzle fuel dock, boat maintenance, a restaurant, Sea-Doo rentals and a used boat dealership.

Featured photo credit: MacDonald Turkey Point Marina via macdonaldmarine.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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