As a response to COVID-19, the Town implemented a boat launch booking system this year. Now that the boating season is over, the booking system has come to an end. Boat launch access is now drop-in. We’re working on reaching out to Innisfil residents to get their feedback on this new tool and better understand their experiences this summer. Give us your feedback by completing our Get Involved survey!
Learn more about the tool with the FAQ below.
Frequently Asked Questions
At this time, the ramps are available for Innisfil property owners only, including tenants. To book a launch time, you’ll have to provide proof of residency when you arrive, by showing your park pass or another document that shows your Innisfil address such as your utility bill or a driver’s licence.
This webpage (on your computer, phone or tablet) is used to book a launch. It’s a very simple process, but if you would prefer, you can call customer service during regular business hours and they can book a time for you at 705-436-3710.
Each NiceLaunch user account has 3 credits that can be used to book up to 3 launch times at a time in a 14-day period. When you arrive at your launch time, a credit will be returned to the account and you can book your next launch time.
Please be aware that if you miss your launch time without cancelling ahead, your credit will not be returned for two weeks.
By doing this, we’re giving more boaters a chance to get a launch time and reducing the number of missed launches that are occurring.
Available boat ramps are located at:
- Innisfil Beach Park in Alcona. Bookable 7 days a week from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- End of Shore Acres Drive in Gilford. Bookable Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holiday Mondays from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.
It is free for Innisfil residents to launch their boat.
Ramps at Innisfil Beach Park are available 7 days a week from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. The ramps at Shore Acres are available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory Holiday Mondays from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. These times may be subject to change. There is limited capacity to launch boats and you may find fewer launch times available during peak days such as on weekends as more people are placing bookings. It is best to use the boat launch booking app to see available times.
Time slots for launches can be booked up to 14 days in advance.
When you are logged into your account, you can review or cancel your bookings by clicking on the symbol at the top right of your screen, and selecting My Bookings.
If you cannot make your booked time, please log into the booking website and cancel your booking so that someone else can have the spot. When you cancel up to 1 hour ahead of your planned launch time, your booking credit will be returned to you so you can book a different time.
If you do not show up to your launch time, and you do not cancel, your booking credit will be held for 2 weeks before being returned to you.
All boaters want a fair chance to get the launch times they want and not lose out on a chance to be on the water.
When you arrive at the ramp you will find identifiable Innisfil Ramp Ambassadors ushering users into a line up based on their booking time. Please stay in your vehicle until it is your turn to launch. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes in advance so as not to crowd the launch area. We ask for your patience, respectful behaviour, and safe physical distancing so that we can help ensure a safe and friendly boating experience.
Our Ramp Ambassadors are at the ramp site to help ensure an orderly line up and approach to the ramp facilities. They cannot help you with your launch procedure in any way. Please bring whatever equipment and support you may need for a safe and successful launch or removal.
During the first week of operating our boat launch schedule, bookings were for 30 minutes. Going forward, bookings at Innisfil Beach Park will be for 15 minutes. We know that some experienced boaters may launch much faster and if we get ahead of schedule, we will allow the next booked boat to launch. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your booked time as we do not anticipate running ahead of schedule very often. As this is a new system, we will adjust our timing in the future if we find the timing is too much or too little time.
When rain starts or if severe weather is reported to be on the way, Ramp Ambassadors will stop allowing boats to enter the water to prioritize boats that want to get out. This will apply to all boats that come to the ramps in the order they arrive. Please think of this as approaching a four-way stop in a vehicle. You must look at who has arrived ahead of you and wait for your turn to proceed. Stay calm, drive slowly and proceed in that order as ramps open.
The best thing to do is always cancel your booking whether you’ve just changed your mind about going out or if Mother Nature has put rain in the forecast.
We do recognize that inclement weather can change a boater’s plan fast and we’ll do our best to recognize those situations and not penalize a boater’s credit if you don’t arrive. However, we can’t guarantee that and recommend you cancel your booking as soon as you decide you’re not launching.