Niagara’s Hidden Treasure

13 Jan 2021

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 (SCBC) is a unique floating club tucked in amongst the picturesque natural beauty of the Niagara Parkway, where it intersects with East-West Line, coming from Highway #55. The private gatehouse lies between the main clubhouse and the dock to shore where wildlife abounds. Once through the gatehouse, which houses men’s and women’s heads and private shower, bulletin board of upcoming activities and items of interest, as well as a workshop and commercial ice machine,  the dock leads to a communal clubhouse that is the mainstay hub of many of the social events that our members enjoy.  The clubhouse and accompanying deck has full kitchen facilities and multiple propane BBQ’s and a ton of both indoor and outdoor seating where many friendships have been made.  We are excited that we will be building a brand new new clubhouse in the fall of 2021! The rest of the complex is made up of walkways and 56 finger docks as well as 18 mooring balls.  

We are a welcoming, family oriented club that caters to both sail and power boats.  We feel strongly that boating is a wonderful lifestyle that includes water, air and friendships.  Because SCBC is a working club we are able to enjoy boating for a fraction of the cost of other clubs, and we get to know and interact with fellow members in a way that deepens our relationships while working toward the common goal of having a well run club.  Members are required to put in work hours, working together for the launch of the club in the spring and it’s removal in the fall, as well as other work parties and social events during the year.

It is not all work, as alluded to above, we have a very active social calendar during the boating season with major events (CLICK HERE TO EVENTS PAGE) scheduled monthly from May to September. Many impromptu social gatherings happen around the club weekly as well.  (Of course, safety is always our goal, so social events are only scheduled where it meets the current pandemic guidelines.)

We are not a marina and therefore do not have a fuel dock or pump out station, but there is one nearby when needed.  

Just across the river on the U.S. side, you will find Youngstown Yacht Club.

The local community, both on the Canadian as well as the American side are well suited for boating camaraderie, with the Youngstown Yacht Club and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club being our immediate neighbours.  There is ample opportunity to be involved in sailboat racing right in our backyard. Lewistown, USA is also a gem with outdoor concerts all summer long. 

The proximity of our club to a broad spectrum of local wineries (many with organized outdoor entertainment), world class restaurants, shopping boutiques, walking and bicycle trails, theatre, and museums, lends itself to further recreational opportunities as well.  As the complex sits within the Niagara Parks Commission, there is ample greenspace for kids with a playground and baseball diamond and scooter rental right at the club parking area. All of this – and not to mention other interests such as birdwatching, fishing, kayaking, swimming, paddle-boarding, scuba diving and watersports are possible here!

About Smugglers Cove Boat Club

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 (SCBC) is a unique floating club tucked in amongst the picturesque natural beauty of the Niagara Parkway, where it intersects with East-West Line, coming from Highway #55. The private gatehouse lies between the main clubhouse and the dock to shore where wildlife abounds. Once through the gatehouse, which houses men’s and women’s heads and private shower, bulletin board of upcoming activities and items of interest, as well as a workshop and commercial ice machine, the dock leads to a communal clubhouse that is the mainstay hub of many of the social events that our members enjoy. The clubhouse and accompanying deck has full kitchen facilities and multiple propane BBQ’s and a ton of both indoor and outdoor seating where many friendships have been made. We are excited that we will be building a brand new new clubhouse in the fall of 2021! The rest of the complex is made up of walkways and 56 finger docks as well as 18 mooring balls.


We are a welcoming, family oriented club that caters to both sail and power boats. We feel strongly that boating is a wonderful lifestyle that includes water, air and friendships. Because SCBC is a working club we are able to enjoy boating for a fraction of the cost of other clubs, and we get to know and interact with fellow members in a way that deepens our relationships while working toward the common goal of having a well run club. Members are required to put in work hours, working together for the launch of the club in the spring and it’s removal in the fall, as well as other work parties and social events during the year.


For Media Inquiries

Contact SCBC at:

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


T: 905-468-3331


info@smugglerscoveboatclub.com