LaSalle Park Marina Association


MAY 5, 2022

LPMA Report to Members May 5, 2022
This morning, accompanied by Scott Lowell for BS&BC and Jim McDonnell for Burlington Able Sail,
I presented the Marina’s case for City involvement in LPMA operations in order to allow us to open under the City’s insurance coverage.
While we were generally well received, and our message clearly understood, immediate action by the City is not feasible.
Our Pitch for opening was a request for a City oversight manager to be appointed for the Marina, and the City’s existing Marina Liability Insurance to be extended to include the supervised LPMA operation.
The City’s insurer said the extension is possible but only if the city operates the Marina.
Council unanimously directed staff to prepare a report for presentation at the City Council Meeting scheduled for May 17th defining the requirements, the due diligence checks, the costs and the legal agreements needed for opening the marina with City Insurance coverage. One of the main stipulations was that the taxpayers not pay for

 this change and that no city reserve funds be used for this purpose.
Although the work involved appears onerous the general impression from a lengthy discussion of the situation is hopeful. The City will aim for completion by June 15th, with the hope of having everything ready to go by June 1st.
We responded that we were committed to achieving a solution for this problem.
Lorn Newton 
LPMA Board President

APRIL 30, 2022

  Special Notice Number 2;
To Members and Associates of LaSalle Park Marina Association, April 30, 2022
Ladies and Gentlemen
Our LPMA Commercial Liability Insurance expires at noon today. We have been advised by all brokerages contacted that they are unable to offer renewal terms due to claims history and changing market conditions.”
The claims history is for two ongoing lawsuits that have been brought against the LPMA and the City of Burlington in 2019, and a claim for motor theft. .
We, as an organization, cannot open without Marina Operators Liability Insurance.
It is mandatory under our License & Operating Agreement with the City. The Marina is closed as of April 30, Noon. We notified the City in writing that we are non-compliant with our Licence and Operating Agreement and that the City’s wave break and docks revert to the City’s insurers. The Marina is closed as of April 30,2022, the ramp is in the up, closed, position. No one is allowed in the Marina.
Since receiving the notice of Non-Renewal, our board has exhausted all avenues to obtain coverage, as outlined on our previous notice. We met numerous times with the City, council members, our insurance broker. other insurance brokers, our lawyer, and BS&BC. The proposal of BS&BC assuming the Marina operation under an expanded Club policy was not possible as the underwriting was not approved.
We offered two possibilities to the City - 1.) the City appointing a supervising manager for the Marina while extending their existing liability coverage to the marina operation 2.) the option of the City Management of the Marina. We will be discussing options this week with the City to offer our support and co-operation for any viable option for opening. The City plans on bringing this issue to committee on Thursday.
LPMA recognizes that we are inconveniencing the Club members with boats in storage at LaSalle, our annual renters and the Able Sail Organization due to our insurance problem. The City advised that their boat launch ramp at LaSalle will remain closed.
We will delegate to Council on May 5 to speak in support of the City Management proposition and offer our co-operation with any viable option for opening.
Lorn Newton
For the Board of Directors, LPMA

APRIL 22, 2022

Special Notice to Members and Associates of LaSalle Park Marina Association, April 22,2022
Ladies and Gentlemen
We have recently received a registered letter from our long-time insurance broker, Dan Lawrie Insurance informing us that RSA/Coast Underwriters would not renew our ‘Operator’s Commercial Liability Insurance”. They wrote, and I quote;
“As you are aware your Commercial Business Policy is due for renewal April 30, 2022. We have been advised by your insurer, Coast Underwriters Ltd. that they are unable to offer renewal terms due to claims history and changing market conditions.”
They refer to the claim for stolen motors and the two ongoing lawsuits. Further, Coast stated that our $7900 claim for stolen motors and the $97,000 paid out for fighting the two lawsuits out-weighed the premiums paid in the last 5 years.
We, as an organization, cannot open without Marina Operators Liability Insurance. It is mandatory under our License & Operating Agreement with the City.
We have all the other specified coverages in place. Since receiving the notice of Non-Renewal,
We first met with the City’s Insurance and Risk Management Officer, Legal Department and City Staff to ask for assistance and advice. The City Charter prevents them taking on Liability for Volunteer Operators of their facilities. This information was shared with the directors and BS&BC at our April 7 Directors meeting.
Our Lawyer, the Marine Specialist who is defending us against the lawsuits, told us of other marine business that has been hit with non-renewal notices due to the state of the insurance market. RSA/Coast has been bought out by Intact.
We contacted an acquaintance of a Board member in Oakville, who is familiar with their marinas, and he informed us that our present broker, Lawrie, had the best chances of obtaining coverage and we should continue with them
We have two large Insurance Brokers, Lawrie and Hope Harder, searching the market for coverage. In the last three weeks they have contacted 9 or 10 underwriters each and received no offers of coverage. They have met with unprecedented resistance from their underwriters.
Our Lawyer put us in contact with RIO insurance Brokers who is approaching some out-of-country Marine Insurance Underwriters on our behalf.

On April 20 we met again with Parks and Recreation staff in advance of their meeting with senior managers who were to discuss the marina’s situation. We met again on Friday morning with Parks and Rec and BS&BC. to review the City’s response to our dilemma with their Marina.
The City is contacting other Bay Area Operators to inquire if they will take over the LaSalle Park Community Marina Operation.
We offered the possibility of the City appointing a supervising manager for the Marina while extending their existing liability coverage to the marina operations.
The Possibility of BS&BC assuming the Marina operation is being put forward to the City’s Legal Department and the Club’s Insurers.
Dan Lawrie Brokers are exploring options with underwriters at their management levels to find a solution for us
We are asking you to bear with us for the rest of April while we are waiting for an offer of coverage at increased rates and deductibles to materialize. If we get insured it is business as usual, if not we will have to delay opening to give a little more time for a solution.

Lorn Newton, President and LPMA Board of Directors 


NOTICE - January 28, 2022

Our website has been enhanced with a fill-in on-line annual application and permit form.  Please refer to Seasonal Dock Fees and complete the LPMA application form.  Kindly e transfer funds to

Thanks, Board of Directors

NOTICE - October 20, 2021

LaSalle Park Marina Association 

Notice to Members

The LPMA has hired a new Marina Manager who will begin with us after our long-time manager Colin McKinnon retires at the end of this season.

Mr. Paul Ellis has accepted our offer of employment beginning Dec 1, 2021. He presently training with Colin so the transition should be seamless.

Paul brings a wealth of skills and maintenance experience to our organization. Please welcome Paul to the marina when you meet him. 

Lorn Newton, President

LPMA Board


NOTICE - September 7, 2021


I hope that you’re enjoying the 2021 boating season and we hope that September will be the best boating weather that we’ve seen this year.

I do want to caution all of you, especially the new boaters to LaSalle, that September can be windy and cause some problems. The new break wall has exceeded our expectations for protection but please, don’t let your guard down as we approach the fall. Wind can still do a lot of damage to boats. Make sure that your boat is well tied with plenty of lines. If you’re new to boating, believe me, don’t take this for granted. We have seen a lot of damage in the past because people just didn’t understand the forces that can be at work in open water. Enclosures are also vulnerable in high winds so keep a close watch for wind conditions and act accordingly, as in, take them down. And last, do not be an absent boater. You need to check on your boat at least weekly. 


I also want to remind you, that the last day for boats in the marina is October 17th.  Having reminded you now, there will be no excuse for boats being in past that date. We are very firm on this and will charge you $200 per day past that date. Any boat left in past Oct. 17th will be locked up until these fees are paid. So, get them out in time. And, bad weather at the end will not be an excuse


All the best,





NOTICE - July 26, 2021

Safety on the water is something that none of us should take for granted. 

We have been looking for ways to give our customers some form of safe boating guidance and up to date weather information. I think this one goes a long way to fulfilling that goal. There are many weather apps that boaters can access and today we send you another one. It’s fairly new and it offers up to date weather information for boaters that just could save your life.

This came to me through the “Boating Industry” newsletter and I’m passing it on for the benefit of our marina people.

The app, is provided by The Canadian Safe Boating Council and is called  “Weather to Boat”. You can download it through your app store and it’s free.  

You can also visit their website at  for a huge array of videos and information on all kinds of boating subjects. They have done a great job with these so check them out. You’re sure to benefit.

Boating is a great sport and tons of fun but don’t take it for granted. The danger potential is serious.

Safe boating everyone

NOTICE - July 15, 2021

We are pleased to welcome our new summer student, Zachary, to the Marina.

LPMA Policy regarding, Workplace Harassment and Discrimination                           Jan 2019/July 2021

The Board of Directors of the LaSalle Park Marina Association is committed to the protection of all members, employees, contractors and volunteer workers authorized by the Board to provide services, against accident and injury, as well as protection from acts of harassment, including sexual harassment and or violence, and discrimination of any kind.

To this end, the Board maintains a strict “Zero Tolerance” policy to any acts of workplace harassment, sexual harassment and or violence and will immediately notify the Police to pursue such matters under the Canada Criminal Code.     

Our facility is a public marina operated by the LaSalle Park Marina Association, a “not for profit” group,  through a Licence and Operating Agreement with the City of Burlington. Our policy is to welcome all people.

Workplace issues of any kind are discussed at our monthly Board meetings as needed.

We are a small organization and we utilize a 2 person hiring committee. Both persons, one female, one male, are retired, long term managing employees of large corporations and are well schooled in equal opportunity in the workplace as well as workplace harassment protection for all.

Our hiring practice is simple, hire the best candidate for the job. Our past hires are divided almost equally of male and female, as well as a diverse group of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Our volunteer group is also made up of both male and female participants. Our mostly retired volunteer people who are parents as well, always enjoy working with our summer workers and mentor them to the benefit of both parties.

Our commitment goes deeper.  As an example;  LPMA is proud to host in our facility “Able Sail” which is part of a national organization that offers sailing experiences for disabled or disadvantaged people young and old. Their mission statement is;  “ to promote the independence and well being of people with disabilities by supporting the development and delivery of accessible sailing programs across Canada”.  It is staffed by volunteers who make it possible for these folks to enjoy the sport of sailing.  These participants enjoy days on the water learning and practicing their sailing skills, sometimes on their own, other times assisted by staff. They even participate in national competitions where they can showcase their skills.

The marina is wheelchair accessible.

In 2013, LPMA was awarded the City of Burlington’s “ Community Accessibility Committee BUILD Environment” award for it’s support of disabled people in the community.

During the time of employment and involvement, all members, employees and volunteers of our organization are provided in detail, of our strict workplace harassment and discrimination policies. They are mandated to follow them and are encouraged to help us to improve and enforce them.  


Notice - July 10, 2021

We are pleased to announce that our BBQ dock is now open.  Please note due current COVID restrictions the BBQ’s will not be available.  Basic COVID rules are still in effect.


Notice - May 19, 2021

Marina will open on May 27, 2021 - BS&BC will be launching boats on the 27th (rain date 28th), therefore, LaSalle Park Road will be blocked off at Oaklands Park Ct. for traffic.  If you are arriving by water, you may dock at your slip on the 27 th.  The City’s public launch ramp will open for the season on June 1, 2021.  Strict Covid protocols will be in place.”

Notice to Members and Associates of LaSalle Park Marina, May 6, 2021

Anyone parking their boat trailer at the LaSalle Park Community Marina will now be required to pay a trailer parking fee. Trailers parked in the upper parking lot will also need parking payment.  The parking spaces for boat trailers are longer than other parking spaces. There are 14 parking spaces in the parking lot at the pier and five in the grassed area along the main parking lot at LaSalle Park. 

List below is information on the fee:

  • Fees will be required from dawn to dusk, seven days a week starting Saturday, May 22, 2021 (the opening may be delayed due to Provincial regulations) 
  • Trailer parking payments are required seven days a week, including holidays
  • It is a daily flat rate of $20
  • Users can scan the QR Code or download the HonkMobile app. There is a transaction fee of $0.35 for each payment
  • Dashboard tickets are not required as every payment is linked with a trailer license plate number
  • Residents and visitors can use the HonkMobile app to search, pay for, and top-up parking payments directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer
  • For more information about parking at LaSalle Park Community Marina or elsewhere, visit


For more information on the fee, included below is a link to the calendar of City meetings.  Staff presented a report (RCC-02-21) at the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee Meeting on April 8, 2021.

CITY OF BURLINGTON, Recreation, Community and Culture Department


Notice to Members and Associates of LaSalle Park Marina, May 1, 2021

The Marina will open when the Ontario Lockdown order is ended, or modified, to allow operation.

The Marina board is unanimous in this decision. 

It is felt that the effort to control marina access before the end of lockdown is beyond our ability. We do not have paid staff for dock control or the ability to restrict entry of other craft if any boats are in the Marina.

We will be fully assembled by May 20, the end of the present Government restrictions. Then, unless the lockdown is extended, we will re-open.

Lorn Newton, Board Chairman


20 foot Docks 

We have many people who ask about the 20 ft docks and want to know if they can put a boat in that is 20’4” or such. 

The answer, is a NO. The 20 ft docks were created for mostly fishing type boats but many others are attracted to them because the price is very reasonable. But we won’t allow boats that are over 20 ft in that area.

Our pricing is by boat size, not by dock size. And, sizing is LOA, which means “Length Overall”. This is quite literate. If your boat is over the “slot” size, ie  up to 20 ft, up to 25 ft  etc. it must go into the next size.  This often includes a boat that is 19 ft, but the outboard on the back brings it to 20’ 10 inches overall. This can sometimes include a sailboat rudder, a swim platform, a bowsprit or even an anchor holder that protrudes 10 inches or so at the bow. If it’s over 20 ft overall, it has to go to the next size.

The docks are 20 ft long so it’s easy to monitor. Please measure carefully. If you bring a boat into that area that is over 20’, you will have to move to the next size dock and pay the extra. And, note, that we don’t issue refunds.


Electrical Power at LaSalle Park Marina

A note to all new patrons to LaSalle.  LaSalle has many good things to offer, a beautiful setting, some amazing nature trails and wildlife etc.  The one thing that we do lack is; abundant electrical power.

LaSalle has electrical power, but it is “shared”. As the years go by, we find, that boats come equipped with more and more electrical items on board. If you are considering LaSalle as your boating home for the summer, be aware that there is ‘shared” power. That means that you can not assume that your boat will be plugged in, all of the time. The rule has always been, when at the Marina and “on board your boat” you are welcome to plug in. Please be respectful of your immediate neighbour's power requirements and be prepared to share.  When you leave, we ask that you unplug. As well, we do not allow high power drawing electrical appliances, air conditioners etc. We do have plans to upgrade the power system in the future.

This arrangement is not a problem for many people, but there are others, who need constant power for the boat. If you are one of those, perhaps this is not the place for you. Thank you.


If you have sent your forms and money in already, very likely we have received it.  I won’t send your return forms to you until I have the boat stickers and they are taking a long time this year. So please be patient. If you are worried about if we got it, drop me an email and I will confirm. As well, thanks to all those who are making the email system and etransfers work very well. 

We do NOT, hold any slip for a person until the fees are paid. 

Also, remember that all paperwork has to be complete and in our hands before your boat goes into the marina. There are many people from previous years who need to show an updated insurance policy for two million 3rd person liability. Keep that in mind.   Thanks

A note to those who have been with us for years or to those who were with us in 2019 , the last year we had boats in the water. You have until April 1st  for me to have your forms in hand or you will lose your slip. If you’re not worried about that, no problem. Just a fair warning. We have to know who is with us in order to plan for the new season.  Thank you


Hi Everyone and welcome to the 2021 Boating Season. There is a major factor for this year, one that we’ve been living with, Covid-19. We have included a whole page to this that will be included. 

Besides the new Break Wall, there are several other new things for 2021. Please take careful note as they are important.

Insurance minimum requirements change;  Beginning this year, you will be required to have and provide proof of insurance that includes  2 MILLION DOLLARS  3RD PARTY LIABILITY, on all boats in the marina.  

New renewal forms   The new renewal forms will be one page as opposed to our old duplicate copy system. Please read and fill it out completely, then you MUST, SIGN BOTH SIDES and return it. Remember, even if you pay by E transfer, you Must return both the paperwork and proof of insurance this year.  Please send your completed forms back by mail, and we will send you a return receipt along with your 2021 sticker. If they are not completed properly, you will be required to come into the office to do so before your boat is in the marina.

Stickers, you will receive a new sticker to put on your boat to prove validation. Please place it on the windshield for power boats or on the side of the mast that will be facing the main walkway so that we can easily see it. Thank you. 

No Frills;  We are pleased to announce that this year, this area of the marina will have the same season as the rest, mid May until about Thanksgiving. All else in no frills remains the same. You will see this category under boats up to 20 feet. 

Communication;  we ask that you ensure that your email address is legible and up to date as this is our main method to communicate with you. As well, our BULLETIN BOARD is our secondary method and you should check that board on a regular basis. There are always important items that you need to be aware of and if you don’t monitor these two, you may not know about them. A Reminder, COVID-19  rules will be posted and updated. We expect you to read them and observe them. They will be posted on our website, the bulletin board and the marina office.

Safety Items;  If you choose to make use of any electricity in the marina, you MUST use a proper MARINE GRADE shore power cord. Regular or home made electrical cords are not allowed. We continue to see “plugged in”  electrical cords, in the water. This poses “ENORMOUS DANGER” to all of us. We will unplug any such cords the first time. If it happens again, we will take the cord to the office. and you will not be allowed to use the electrical system after that. If need be, you will be expelled from the marina. We have to be tough on this as it could easily kill some innocent person or even yourself. This is no joke. As well, you should always purchase and use an inline GFI for those boats that do not have such protection on board. 

Marina Occupancy; in order to bring your boat into the marina you mustfirst; make out the paperwork, provide proof of insurance, and provide payment for the duration of your stay. THIS MUST BE DONE, “BEFORE” you put your boat in the marina. If you do not have these in place, you are “TRESPASSING” and will be penalized. 

All boats will be assigned to a specific dock. You are not allowed to change that spot unless and until you have been re-assigned by the manager. If you must dock in an emergency, you must use the very outer docks, the highest number docks, and only for a brief time. This again needs to be coordinated through the manager. In the event being caught out in a  storm and you are looking to dock, the pier is perhaps a safer option until; the storm passes. 

High water levels continue to be a reality in the Great Lakes. We have been very fortunate that our floating dock system has allowed us relatively little negative impact so far. Changing water levels can in some cases, cause dock angles to change and everyone in the marina needs to be aware of this ongoing potential for danger. Anyone using this marina, needs to understand that there are various risks involved. Each person who enters the marina, does so at their own risk.  

Thank you so much for choosing LaSalle to dock your boat and welcome to the new season. We appreciate having you with us. 


Covid-19 Alert and Precautions - February 24, 2021

Hi Everyone,

It’s nice to be thinking of marina and boating once again. It’s been a long time. I expect that all of us are excited to get back to warm weather and fun times on the water. As nice as that is to look forward to, we’venever had to deal with a pandemic like this before. This year, it surely won’t be business as usual.  

When we open, we expect that Covid-19 will still be a big factor in our lives. That will require us as a business, to take precautions, as the government and the health professionals recommend to stop the spread. What those precautions will be, are yet to be determined. We can’t project where we will be in April, May, June etc. But it’s safe to say, that at least in the beginning of the year, and perhaps much longer, there will be mandatory precautions required. Ontario is a mixed bag of Covid “colours” as I write this. Whatever those precautions are, we will need all marina users to abide by them. We risk being fined and or closed down like any other business if we don’t adhere to the rules. 

Up to date rules will be posted on our website as well as on the marina bulletin board and office. You are expected to keep up with any changes that may happen as we go through the season. 

Any and all marina users will be required to sign this form indicating that they understand, and will abide by, all of  the posted rules. That goes for any and all people with you in the Marina and at your boat whether they be family or friends. You will be responsible that they abide by these rules as well. Any user found to be violating these rules will be restricted for a period of time, the entire season or have their membership with LPMA terminated. This is serious stuff, life threatening. We can’t take it lightly.

It is understood that the above precautions will be in place for the entire 2021 season at LaSalle. No marina patron or user will be allowed in the marina until this document is signed and in the hands of the marina manager.

Thank you for your understanding and your patience.   Stay Safe.


By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read and understand the information above and will abide by the rules, restrictions and COVID-19 preventative measures as outlined by the Marina. 



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