Important Changes 

As of Friday, December 18, 2020, the Sugarloaf Marina Office will be closed to walk-in traffic. Please call to schedule an appointment or to inquire about paying an invoice. 

Walk-in traffic for inquiries, bill payment and use of the washrooms will be closed.

 Hours of Operation (by appointment only) 

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

CLOSED Saturday & Saturday 

 Holiday Hours of Operation

December 24: CLOSED 

December 25: CLOSED

December 28: CLOSED 

December 31: CLOSED 

January 1: CLOSED 

During the summer months Port Colborne is a destination for sailing and power boating enthusiasts from both Canada and the United States.

Picture perfect best describes Port Colborne's marvelous harbour. For short day visits, Port Colborne has an extra wide, well maintained boat ramp that will accommodate most watercraft. Ample parking for trucks and trailers on-site is also available. Port Colborne's Sugarloaf Marina has more than 700 slips and provides on-shore amenities to make your visit enjoyable for a day, a week or the entire season.

Pleasure craft operations & Boat registrations

The Office of Boating Safety is responsible for overseeing regulations, standards and policies, enforcement and technical services for recreational vessels. It encourages safe boating practices and compliance with regulations.

PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATOR CARDS are mandatory. 

Pleasure Craft Sample Card

If you operate a boat with a motor and use it for recreation, you need proof of competency – something that shows you have a basic understanding of how to operate your boat safely and know what to do in an emergency. Proof of competency is required with all motor types (including electric trolling motors) and even when the motor is not in use (such as when sailing).


The fine is $250 for not having your card.  A simple call to Sugarloaf Marina can put you on track for getting your card.

Welland Canal

Pleasure Craft Tolls are $200 and can be purchased through St. Lawrence Seaway.

Cash is no longer accepted as payment for tolls at Canadian locks. Effective July 15, 2019, the St. Lawrence Seaway implemented a pleasure craft schedule for transients through the Welland Canal.

Upbound Transients – from Port Weller to Port Colborne:

Transients are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Downbound Transients – from Port Colborne to Port Weller:

Transients are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Commercial Navigation Status generally extends from late March to late December.

Marine Traffic Map is a live map of the location of the ships.

Boat ramp (including fees)

The Public Boat Ramp is open from approximately April 15 – October 15 (weather permitting). Ramp Passes can be purchased in the Sugarloaf Marina Office, Supply Store.

Launch Ramp Rates (includes parking)

Day Pass: 13.27 + HST

Season Pass: 79.65 + HST

Additional Boat (same Owner): 48.67 + HST

Sugarloaf Marine Supply store

Sugarloaf Marine Supply is conveniently located in the parking lot of Sugarloaf Marina. We offer a wide selection of boating supplies, including: cleaning and maintenance products, safety equipment, foul weather gear, and over 20,000 special order items.  Our knowledgeable and helpful staff are on-site to help get you and your boat out on the water safely and in style.

Gift Certificates available for your favourite boater!

Hours of Operation:

Summer/Fall Hours     8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week

Winter Hours            8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Port Colborne Marine Auxiliary Rescue

Sugarloaf Marina is home to POCOMAR (Port Colborne Marine Auxiliary Rescue) and the extremely active Sugarloaf Sailing Club.  

Port Colborne Marine Auxiliary

POCOMAR on water emergencies: Channel 16 – VHF Radio

Dial *16 – Cell Phone

1-800-267-7270 – JRCC

Sugarloaf Sailing Club

Sugarloaf Sailing Club is an enthusiastic group of people who love to get outside and onto the water in boats. They all have great respect for the water, weather, environment, each other, and of course their boats. Sugarloaf Sailing Club is a non-profit incorporated entity.

Clean Marine

Boating Ontario developed Clean Marine Eco-Rating Program, an environmental program that allows marine business to follow best environmental practices to reduce the prevent water, air and land pollution associated with recreational boating activities in Ontario.

Sugarloaf Marina has been independently evaluated and rated for its eco-efficiency performance. We are rated a 5 Green Anchor Gold Rating. The award of this Gold Green Leaf Eco-Rating indicates that the marina has made a significant commitment to environmental improvement.

Green Leaf Certificate

Helpful links

Great Lakes Cruising Club                                    

Boating Ontario                

Discover Boating      

Canadian Border Services Agency                     

Nexus Border Crossing                                         

Port Colborne Power & Sail Squadron

Ontario Fishing Licence Options

Ontario Family Fishing Weekend 

Boating Glossary - Boating Terms

Weather links

Be Safe: Lake Erie Tips For Mariners


For new boaters in this area, be sure to check the latest marine weather forecast before leaving the dock or launch ramp. The average depth of Lake Erie is only 62 feet, meaning the water warms up quickly and kicks up quickly.

These links are very helpful:

The Weather Network - Port Colborne Forecast

Intellicast - RADAR - Ohio Loop : See the weather moving towards the marina.

The Weather Office - RADAR

The Weather Office - Marine Forecast 

Windfinder – Wind, waves, weather

Sail Flow - Lake Erie Wind Direction/Speed

Weather Office - Weather Buoys

Intellicast - RADAR - Buffalo Loop

Buoyweather - Marine Weather Forecast

New boater

A Legacy of Boating is a family whose boating legacy spans three generations. Hop aboard with the Ader Family and follow along heir boating journey.

Discover Boating is on online resource and guide to recreational boating.

Discover Boating guide, if you've been thinking about getting out on the water, this is the guide for you.

The world of boating has a unique vernacular, and its important that you understand the differences between sailing words and land lubber words before you head out onto the water! Boating Basics Glossary of Nautical Terms is a concise glossary with every boat definition, nautical word, and ship terminology you could ever possibly need to know, with simple, easy to understand definitions, and links to more detailed sources when necessary.