Crysler Park Marina is in a deep bay on the North shore of the river. Turn North at quick flashing red buoy 72, and follow the red and green marked channel into Marina Bay. The entrance is through an opening in the rock breakwall. The entrance channel has been 10-12 feet depending on Seaway Levels. Visitors are asked to go fuel dock on arrival or call ahead on VHF 68.
The marina has 256 slips with room for 45 transients on docks that range from 25 to 40 feet. A 150-foot-long crib dock can accommodate larger vessels. Larger excursion boats tie up here or at moorings offshore while their passengers go ashore to visit the historic village. Depth at the dock ranges from 10 to 12 feet.
Engine repairs can be arranged, as can haulout for powerboats up to 45 feet and 30 tons (using a hydraulic trailer). Winter storage is available.
The marina sells snack foods, souvenir clothing and marine supplies, including charts, rope and cleaners. Canoes and kayaks can be rented. Rides for a fee can be arrange to Morrisburg, 8 km West where there is more extensive provisioning and to local attractions.
Facilities: gas, diesel, pumpout, 30-amp power and water at each slip, washrooms, showers, ice, coin laundry, patio, retail store, clubhouse, picnic tables, gas barbecues, firepits, swimming pool, children's play area, public phone, Wi-Fi, launch ramp, vehicle/trailer parking.
Upper Canada Village (613-543-3704; 800-437-2233), 6 miles down river from Morrisburg on the Canadian shore, is a popular spot to visit. An active recreation of 19th century Ontario life, the village brings the crafts, trades and daily chores and routines of the 1860's alive, with more than 40 buildings and 100 costumed interpreters. The buildings were moved here in the 1950's, when the creation of the Seaway would have submerged them at their original locations. A fascinating place to visit, Upper Canada Village is open every day from Victoria Day weekend to mid-October.
Crysler's Farm was the scene of a pivotal battle in the war of 1812. On November 11, 1813, a large American force of infantry, artillery and cavalry was soundly defeated by a much smaller force consisting of British regulars, Canadian militia and Indians. The Americans headed for home - it was there last chance to win the war. Although much of the actual battle site now lies under the St. Lawrence, the 50 acre Crysler's Farm Battlefield Park, which includes an interpretive centre and Queen Elizabeth Gardens, is midway between Upper Canada Village and Crysler Park Marina.
Crysler Park Marina is the boater's access point to Upper Canada Village and the area's other attractions. Although the hike from the marina to the village isn't difficult, transportation is available for a modest fee.
In addition to Upper Canada Village, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission also operates the 18-hole Upper Canada Golf Course. If you don't want to walk, transportation is available in these places from the marina for a modest fee.
The Golf Course is open to the public and rents clubs and carts. Call 613-543-2003 for tee times.
Crysler Beach, along the waterfront at Crysler's Farm Battlefield Park, a short walk from the marina, is a beautiful sand beach and a great spot to go for a swim on a hot day. For those with bikes on board, there are bike trails.
The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (613-537-2024; 800-437-2233), about 5 km from the marina, will definitely interest birders (the shallow submerged landscape along this part of the river provides excellent waterfowl habitat). You can bike there or take a shuttle for a modest fee.
Prehistoric World (613-543-2503), which is open June to Labour Day, features over 50 full sized reproductions of prehistoric animals and will appeal to the kids on board.
If the gallery crew needs a break:
Willard's Hotel, on Queen St. in Upper Canada Village, serves period style meals in a building constructed in the 1790's and restored to a mid 19th century style. Costumed staff serve period style meals, such as ploughman's lunch or fricasseed chicken. An old fashioned Victorian tea with finger foods of the period is served in the afternoons. Open for lunch and tea, licensed (beer and wine); reservations recommended; 613-543-0660.
The Harvest Barn, on Albert St.. serves cafeteria-style meals, and the options include hot dogs, burgers, soup, deli sandwiches, and salad bar. Seating is available inside or at picnic tables outside. Open for lunch and early dinner; licensed (beer and wine); no reservations.
Upper Canada Golf Course Restaurant, at the Upper Canada Golf Course has indoor and outdoor patios overlooking the course. It serves all day breakfasts and offers a full menu of hot and cold dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, licensed; reservations appreciated; 613-543-2035.
The next set of locks after the Iroquois Lock are the Eisenhower and Snell Locks, about 10 and a half miles downriver of Crysler Park Marina and 3 and a half miles apart. If you would like a break before transiting these locks, you can stop at the Robert Moses State Park Marina on the U.S. side or head over to Stormont Yacht Club, in Long Sault on the Canadian side.