Halls Housekeeping Cottage Resort Expands Marina in Honey Harbour

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Hall’s Housekeeping Cottages, a popular Georgian Bay cottage resort located in Honey Harbour, Ontario, has expanded its marina facilities and now offers transient docking in addition to its seasonal docking and cottage rental business.

Hall’s Housekeeping Cottages (http://www.hallscottages.com), a family owned Ontario waterfront resort located in the town of Honey Harbour on Georgian Bay, has expanded its marina facilities and now offers transient docking in addition to its seasonal docking operation and housekeeping cottage rental business. Over the past several months, the resort has been busy adding docks to accommodate larger boats. Traditionally boats in the marina were smaller and primarily seasonal as they were rented by cottagers using their boats for remote cottage access to Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands - a popular Ontario cottage and tourism region.

The Georgian Bay marina now has 55 boat slips and, while many are still rented seasonally, Halls Cottage Resort now has 7 dedicated transient slips for boats cruising in the Honey Harbour area. In the past the marina was restricted to a maximum boat length of 35’. Now with the new dock configuration it can now accept transient yachts up to 50’ or larger. There is 6 feet water depth at the transient docks so for most power boats this is more than adequate.

Halls Cottage Resort plans to resume adding more docks this fall, once the summer rush is over. The marina operation at the resort offers some onsite marine repairs. Shopping and restaurants are very close to the resort, situated in the centre of Honey Harbour. “We wanted to expand from our cottage rental business into a property offering a broader range of tourism services, and in Georgian Bay, that includes catering to both seasonal and transient boaters,” says Rick Vanderwal, who owns and operates the business along with his wife Dianne. “While we build onto our cottage resort rental business every year by adding new cottage accommodations, we now are also focused on expanding and improving our marina facility,” adds Diane Vanderwal.    

Georgian Bay and the North Channel are very popular areas for recreational boaters and resort tourists. It is estimated that there are close to 100,000 boat slips collectively in the Georgian Bay region. Many boaters come to the Bay from the Trent Canal System on an annual pilgrimage called the Americas Great Loop Cruisers Association. Most make their way up the eastern side of Georgian Bay to the North Channel and from there; they eventually head back down through Chicago and south via the Mississippi to Florida for the winter. In addition, many people from around Ontario keep their boats in Georgian Bay, as it is considered to be one of the top yacht cruising destinations in the world.

About Hall’s Housekeeping Cottages:
Located in the town of Honey Harbour, the gateway to the 30,000 islands of scenic Georgian Bay, Hall’s Housekeeping Cottages is a four season, lakefront cottage resort and Georgian Bay marina that has been extensively upgraded to offer everything you need for a memorable Ontario resort vacation. Well-equipped and spotlessly clean, their twelve modern lakeside efficiency cottages boast air-conditioning and private decks with magnificent views of the bay. With a private sandy beach, complimentary canoes and paddleboats, boat rentals, marina facilities and fabulous fishing, Hall’s Cottages is a great Georgian Bay resort for families, couples and group getaways. To book your Ontario cottage resort vacation, couples getaway, fishing weekend or specials package, visit http://www.hallscottages.com or call 1-877- 425-5726.

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