Boating on Lake Ontario is as diverse as its thousands of boat owners.
Lake Ontario, the most easterly of the Great Lakes and the fourteenth largest body of freshwater in the world, occupies a bedrock depression originally formed by stream erosion and later modified by glaciation. The lakeshore is typically a low bluff of rock or glacial sediment with a narrow beach.
The area’s native peoples arrived some 7,000 years ago. Over time,many tribes and confederacies of the Iroquios lived here – farming in the summer and hunting in the winter. However, little of their history on the shores of the lake is in evidence today.
The first documented European to reach the lake was French explorer and original courier du bois Étienne Brûlé in 1615.A series of trading and military posts were established by both the British and French. Permanent, non-military European settlement began during the American Revolution. The first major group of settlers around Lake Ontario were Loyalists escaping after the revolution. The lake was the site of the most vigorous campaigns of the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain.
Lake Ontario became a hub of commercial activity following the war with canal building on both sides of the border. It was also heavily travelled by steamers, reaching peak activity in the mid-nineteenth century before competition from railway lines somewhat lessened commercial boat traffic. Today,commercial shipping continues, but much of the boat traffic is made up by recreational boaters.
If you’re looking for top-notch marinas in the centre of quiet historical towns and villages or in the heart of the city night life; a quiet anchorage away from it all or just around the corner from the action; a day sampling the fruits of Ontario’s renowned vineyards or strolling along the many miles of the Waterfront Trail… come to Lake Ontario.
Boating on Lake Ontario is as diverse as its thousands of boat owners. Bring your runners, fishing rods, bicycles, roller blades, canoes or sailing dinghies – and discover all that Lake Ontario’s many Canadian boating destinations have to offer.