Where Boating Time is Family Time
Welcome to Clark’s Marina, where boating on the St. Lawrence River is a family-friendly experience.
For three generations our family has been providing boating enthusiasts access to the beautiful Thousand Islands from our well-protected harbor on the Bateau Channel, just outside of Gananoque, Ontario.
We offer all the amenities you’ve come to expect from a full-service marina, plus a few extras to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. Our friendly and competent staff can assist with all your boating needs so you spend more quality time on the water enjoying the Thousand Islands and surrounding waterways. That is why so many of our guests are repeat visitors, they know Clark’s Marina has everything they need in a tranquil, family-friendly setting.
Our location has grown from humble beginnings to become the region’s most preferred full-service marina. Our marina contains over 160 slips, premium, and diesel fuel pumps open 8 am to 5 pm. Secure indoor & outdoor storage facilities, drive-in boat launch, and full-sized boat lift. Compliment this with our team of experienced mechanics and friendly support staff and what you have is the perfect recipe for your summer base camp on the water. We pride ourselves on running this marina just as our grandparents did, down to earth and all about family.
We also have lots to offer once you step off the boat. Enjoy free, secure parking on our premises. Stop circling the block 20 times looking for a spot, constantly feeding the parking meter, or worrying if your personal belongings are safe, parked on surface streets. We have lots of space and can accommodate your land-based vehicles while you enjoy the 1000 islands.
Clark’s Marina has free wifi, clean washrooms, and safe shower facilities. We understand that health guidelines are changing rapidly and Clark’s Marina staff are here to put your mind at ease. But if you have a concern let one of our staff know and we will see to it immediately.
At Clark’s Marina, we value the chance to create long-term relationships with fellow boating enthusiasts. This is why so many return year-after-year looking for that reliable, friendly “Clark’s family” experience to enjoy the St. Lawrence River on the 1000 Islands. Whether its Kingston, with it’s hundreds of restaurants and tourist attractions or maybe the slower pace of small-town Gananoque, the number of adventures that await you are endless.
How it all Began..
Since 1959, the Clark family has provided generations of customers a lifetime of boating experiences.
Ed Clark was a young entrepreneur who held a commercial and instructor pilots license, while working working for his father raising cattle and race horses.
In a few short years the local tourism industry would peak his interests, driving him and other local business men to put Gananoque and the 1000 islands on the map as a major travel destination.
In 1953 Ed bought the farm from his father and built cabins while he continued to run the flight school. But by 1958 it was apparent to him that the 1000 Islands were becoming world renowned as a premier boating destination and the area lacked boat dockage and storage. After long contemplating the marina business, Brome Folks and Jack Barrett came up to him and asked if he would build a boat house for them to use.
“Well that put the bee in my bonnet and I wanted to do something different, so I went to Kemptville to see some used construction equipment and I had seen what somebody else had done around Peterborough making boat slips. In fact, I went up a couple of times, north of Peterborough. There were a lot of marinas up there and I finally bought a TBow backhoe, very small, and I tried to dig a canal.” – Ed Clark
With his experience, ingenuity, and imagination, Ed Clark would open Clark’s Marina to the public the next year in 1959. Ed’s son Bruce later joined the company in 1972, where it expanded from 40 slips to 160 slips today. Bruce’s sons Sean, Mike and Andy are now the third generation of Clark’s to manage daily operations of the family business.
The Clark’s family-friendly nature and dependable reputation are deep kindred traits that continue to drive Clark’s Marina.
We believe that the Clark name in the local boating industry signifies a dependable reputation, one that has created a boating family culture. It is this boating family that keeps driving Clark’s Marina towards a boating experience like none other.