Niagara residents from all walks of life

Active boating oasis since 1954

Situated on Lake Ontario, SCBC is and has always been a Not-for-Profit boat club comprised of Niagara residents from all walks of life. Nestled along the western bank of the Niagara River is a unique boat club, just 2 NM upriver of beautiful and historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Smuggler’s Cove Boat Club is an entirely floating club tucked in amongst the picturesque natural beauty of the Niagara Parkway, where it intersects with East-West Line, coming from Highway #55.

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Our History

Active boating oasis since 1954, situated on Lake Ontario, SCBC is and has always been a Not-for-Profit boat club comprising Niagara residents from all walks of life.

What Makes Us Unique

We are family; SCBC is very proud of it’s history, the natural beauty that surrounds the club, and we are extremely proud of the camaraderie that exists between our members.


  • First established as St. Catharines Boat Club in 1949. Originally located at the mouth of the Niagara River, at the location of what is now the Niagara-On-The-Lake Sailing Club.
  • The club relocated upriver, in 1959, from Gillingham’s Yacht Basin, now NOTLSC.
  • The first SCBC clubhouse is still in active service at the Port Dalhousie Yacht Club. It is used for their junior sailing school program.

Contact Us
SCBC is located at the end of the East & West Line in Niagara On The Lake. We are approximately 1.5 km from the Old Town, which is accessible by car or bike path.

By Land:
From the QEW follow signs to Niagara On The Lake. Turn right at East & West Line and follow it to the Niagara Parkway. Cross the Parkway to the parking lot. There is a set of stairs on the other side of the Park that will take you down to the SCBC.

By Water:
The SCBC is roughly 1.5 km upstream from Niagara On The Lake on the Niagara river. Lat/Long: 43.234711, -79.059758

Niagara On The Lake
16001 Niagara River Pkwy
NOTL    ON    L0S 1J0

Founded in 1949

The former ST. CATHARINES BOAT CLUB, now known as the SMUGGLER’S COVE BOAT CLUB was founded in 1949. Here is an image of George Hinterhoeller's membership card.

Long Rich History

Formerly the St. Catharines Boat Club, Smugglers Cove Boat Club has a long history of being one of Niagara's premier destinations.

A Family Club

Originally located at the mouth of the Lake Ontario, before relocating upstream to our current location in the Niagara River.

Original Newsletter

Travel back in time to have glimpse into the past. View a Newsletter from St. Catharines Boat Club from the year 1966!

Organization Structure

Like all clubs we have an elected executive. Nominations and election are done at our AGM in November of each year. Any member in good standing may run for any position. The Executive or Bridge is composed of seven (7) positions, six (6) of which are elected.

The company we keep

SCBC is very proud of its history, and its members have always been and will continue to represent a cross-section of Niagara.

  • SCBC’s success can be attributed to its inclusiveness. Every spring, as a club, we work together to assemble the complex and the gangway that connects to our federally-granted anchorage.
  • Throughout the year, we organize social activities that involve all those interested in attending. In the fall, we gather to disassemble the complex, store the floating buildings and leave the river in its natural state, just as it was in the spring.


Mr. Chris Tufnell



Chris and Monica sail a Nonsuch 22.

Executive Bridge

Mr. Keith Walsh

Rear Commodore


Mr. Greg Wardle

Vice Commodore Operations


Mr. Jonathan Flynn

Vice Commodore House


Mr. Lorne Bjorgan



Mr. Dan Grignon



Mr. James Warankie

Past Commodore


Meetings are held regularly on the first Wednesday of each month. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend. Our Annual General Meeting is held every autumn. Relevant updates are regularly sent out to the membership at large via email.


Building Committee

Chair Dan Grignon

By-Law Committee

Chair Bob Ciupa

Orientation Committee

Chair Gary Cornett

Social Committee

Chair Bruce Lee

Safety Committee

Bob Ciupa, Safety Chair

Smuggler's Cove Boat Club