The 16 Best Waterside Restaurants to Eat at on Your PWC Trip this Summer

When you're traveling Ontario's waterways by PWC, it's crucial to know where you're going to to eat. Each of these waterfront eateries comes highly recommended and has waterfront parking on site or close by.

Nothing works up an appetite like a day on the water riding my Sea-Doo GTX S 155 watercraft. So I’m always on the lookout for a PWC accessible eatery to stop for a bite and a break. Of course, the first thing I look for is a restaurant that has an on-site or adjacent place to dock and that can be a challenge. Next, I want a decent menu with tasty food and quick service so we can get back to riding without much delay.

Over the years, I’ve found quite a few locations that have both. Bearing in mind that my selections shouldn’t be considered restaurant reviews, here are some of my waterfront favourites, including my subjective PWC dock rating (where 1 is poor and 5 is excellent).

1000 Islands

Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill, Gananoque Inn, GananoquE, ON 

Approaching the
Gananoque Inn & Spa, home to Muskie Jake's
Waterway: St. Lawrence River
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 4/5
Nearest Fuel: Brennan Marine 
Accommodations: Gananoque Inn & Spa
Ride info & Itinerary: 1,000 Islands tour
 
 

Wolfe Island Grill, Wolfe Island, ON 

Waterway: Barrett Bay, St. Lawrence River
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 5/5
Ride Info & Itinerary: Bay of Quinte tour

Island View Restaurant, Rockport, ON 

Waterway: St. Lawrence River
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 4/5
Nearest Fuel : Ed Huck Marine
Ride info & Itinerary: 1,000 Islands tour

Parry Sound and Georgian Bay

Bay Street Café, Parry Sound, ON 

Waterway: Parry Sound Harbour
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 4/5
Nearest Fuel: Parry Sound Marine
Ride Info & Itinerary: Sparrow Lake to Parry Sound

Flynn’s Harbour House, Nautilus Marina, Honey Harbour, ON 

Waterway: Honey Harbour
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 4/5
Nearest Fuel: Nautilus Marina
Ride Info & Itinerary: Sparrow Lake to Parry Sound

Georgian Bay South

Henry’s Fish House, Frying Pan IslanD, ON 

Waterway: Inner boat channel, Georgian Bay
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 5/5
Ride Info & Itinerary: Sparrow Lake to Parry Sound
 

Dock Lunch, PenetanguishenE, on

Wateway: Penetanguishene Harbour
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 3/5
Nearest Fuel: Fuel on site
Ride Info: Alternative launch for ride to Parry Sound

The Kawarthas

Mainstreet Landing, Buckhorn, on 

Waterway: Buckhorn Lake, at Trent Severn Lock 31
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 2/5
Ride Info & Itinerary: Kawartha Lakes tour

Patio Bar at the BobCayGeon Inn, Bobcaygeon, on 

Waterway: Bobcaygeon River on Trent Severn Waterway
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 4/5
Accommodations: Stay at the Bobcaygeon Inn
Ride Info & Itinerary: Kawartha Lakes tour

Muskoka Lakes

Boston Pizza, Muskoka Wharf, GravenhursT, ON 

Waterway: Muskoka Bay at south end of Lake Muskoka
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 5/5
Nearest Fuel: Muskoka Wharf Marine

Turtle Jack's, Port CarlinG, ON

Photo of Turtle Jack's courtesy of
Style and Travel Magazine
Waterway: Indian River, between Lake Muskoka and Lake Joseph
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 5/5
Other Services: Nearest fuel at The Boatworks
Ride Info & Itinerary: Muskoka Lakes

On The Docks, HuntsvillE, ON 

Waterway: Muskoka River, between Lake Vernon and Fairy Lake
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 5/5
Nearest Fuel: Huntsville Marine
Ride Info: Tour lakes Vernon, Fairy and Peninsula

Ottawa River

The Boathouse Restaurant, Rockcliffe, ON 

Waterway: Ottawa River
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 5/5
Nearest Fuel: Fuel on site
Ride Info & Itinerary: Lower Ottawa River tour

Rideau Lakes

CC’s on The Rideau, Rideau FerrY, ON 

Waterway: Lower Rideau Lake on the Rideau Canal System
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 4/5
Nearest Fuel: Rideau Ferry Harbour
Ride Info & Itinerary: Rideau Canal
 

Severn River

Riverhouse Restaurant, Severn FallS, ON 

Waterway: Severn River (Trent Severn Waterway)
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 5/5
Ride Info & Itinerary: Sparrow Lake to Parry Sound

The Dam Grill, Port SeverN, ON 

Waterway: Bush's Marine, Severn River at Trent Severn Lock 45
Dock Rating For PWC Mooring: 4/5
Nearest Fuel: Starport Marina
Accommodations: Muskie's Landing
Ride Info & Itinerary: Sparrow Lake to Parry Sound
About Craig Nicholson—The Intrepid Cottager

Popularly known in the summer as “The Intrepid Cottager,” Craig Nicholson is a freelance journalist, writer and communications consultant who specializes in motorized recreational activities, including personal watercraft. As an avid Sea-Doo rider, Craig logs over 100 hours and 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles) on the water most summers on many waterways in Ontario and Quebec. His one-of-a-kind Intrepid Cottager website features his Sea Doo tour articles, PWC riding tips, product reviews and comment.

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