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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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