South Archipelago - Facilities and Hours of Operation

The Township operates three road-access transfer stations in the southern portion of The Archipelago:
  • Crane Lake
  • Healey Lake
  • Woods Bay
As well, the Township operates two water-access sites seasonally on Georgian Bay:
  • Devil's Elbow
  • Sheep Head

2023 Update: Payment Methods 

There are three new payment methods for disposal fees at the transfer stations and Site 9 Landfill. As of July 1, 2023, cash will no longer be accepted.

PayPal (via QR Code) 
When you arrive at the transfer stations or landfill, the attendant will inform you of any applicable fees for payable items according to Waste By-Law 2022-08. You will then scan the QR Code displayed with your cell phone, enter the dollar value, complete the transaction, and present the attendant with the confirmation of payment. We recommend you download the PayPal app and create an account prior to going to the transfer stations and landfill to save yourself time.

Waste Tags
Waste Tags can be purchased at the Township Office, Holiday Cove Marina, and Site 9 (via the debit terminal). Please check our website for updates on where waste tags can be purchased. Waste Tags are $2.50 per tag and must be purchased in advance and provided to the attendant upon waste disposal.  

Debit Terminal (Site 9)
The option to pay via debit terminal is only available at Site 9 Landfill. The debit terminal is the preferred method of payment at Site 9.

Contractors can still use the billing system for disposal at Site 9 and the applicable transfer stations. 


Please be reminded of the following important information:
  1. The Township requires that all household garbage and/or blue box recycling be placed in clear plastic bags.  Open recycling containers are also acceptable.
  2. All users of the Township's waste facilities must present a waste disposal card to the site attendant.  If you do not have a card, please submit a Service Request or contact the Township office at 705-746-4243 Ext. 338.
  3. It is the responsibility of residents to sort household garbage and recycling prior to arriving at the waste facility.  Township staff will not open containers or sort materials for you.
  4. Video surveillance is in effect at all waste facilities. Anyone found contravening the Waste By-Law will be subject to enforcement action.
For additional information, please refer to Accepted Items and Fees.
 

NEW IN 2021: THE LIONS CLUB HELPS THE COMMUNITY
 
We are pleased to announce that you will soon be able to leave your 'empties' inside special sheds built and maintained by the Lions Club. Located at the Crane Lake, Healey Lake and Woods Bay transfer stations,  the Lions Club will collect your empty liquor bottles and beer cans from these sheds. Monies generated from the return of these 'empties' will be donated back by the Lions Club to area charities and organizations.
  
 
 
 


 
Please click on the waste sites shown below for transfer station site locations and hours of operation. 

 

Crane Lake Transfer Station is located at 356 Blackstone-Crane Lake Road. 

Items Accepted

  • household garbage
  • blue box fibres and containers
  • large household items ex. furniture, appliances
  • re-use items
  • construction/demolition materials
  • dock structures, dismantled and cut into manageable pieces 
  • scrap metal
  • empty & expired 20lb propane tanks
  • electronic waste
  • single use batteries and cellphones 
  • clothing and textiles 

Summer Hours of Operation
(commence the Saturday of the Victoria Day weekend and end on Thanksgiving Day)
Sunday: 8 am to 8 pm
Monday, Thursday and Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: Closed
Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day:  8 am to 8 pm

Winter Hours of Operation
Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm
Family Day: 9 am to 8 pm
Easter Monday: 9 am to 8 pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday:  Closed

Healey Lake Transfer Station is located at 169 Healey Lake Road. 

Items Accepted

  • household garbage
  • blue box fibres and containers
  • large household items e.g. furniture, appliances
  • empty & expired 20 lb propane tanks
  • re-use items
  • construction/demolition materials
  • dock structures, dismantled and cut into manageable sized pieces
  • scrap metal
  • electronic waste
  • single use batteries and cell phones
  • clothing and textiles

Summer Hours of Operation
(commence the Saturday of the Victoria Day weekend and end on Thanksgiving Day)
Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day: 8 am to 9 pm

Winter Hours of Operation

Sunday:  9 am to 6 pm
Thursday:  8 am to 4 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday:  Closed
Family Day: 9 am to 9 pm
Easter Monday: 9 am to 9 pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday:  Closed

Woods Bay Transfer Station is located at 718 Healey Lake Road. 

Items Accepted 

  • household garbage
  • blue box fibres and containers
  • large household items e.g. furniture, appliances
  • empty & expired 20 lb propane tanks
  • re-use items
  • construction/demolition materials
  • scrap metal
  • electronic waste
  • single use batteries and cell phones
  • clothing and textiles

Please Note: That effective November 14, 2023, the scrap metal and the wood/furniture bins have been removed from the Woods Bay Transfer Station for the winter season. They will be placed back in the spring. In the interim, ratepayers can dispose of these types of items at the Healey Lake Transfer Station. 

Summer Hours of Operation
(commence the Saturday of the Victoria Day weekend and end on Thanksgiving Day)
Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: Closed
Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day:  9 am to 9 pm

Winter Hours of Operation
Sunday and Wednesday:  9 am to 6 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Closed
Family Day:  9 am to 9 pm
Easter Monday:  9 am to 9 pm

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday:  Closed

Devil's Elbow Transfer Station operates seasonally and is located at 137 B704 Island (McLaren Island) on Georgian Bay.

Please Note: Inclement weather, including fog and ice, may result in later openings, early closures or all day closures in extreme events.

Items Accepted

  • household garbage
  • blue box fibres and containers
  • large household items e.g. furniture, appliances
  • dock structures, dismantled and cut into manageable sized pieces
  • re-use items
  • scrap metal
  • single use batteries and cell phones

2023 Summer Hours of Operation*
(commence Sunday, May 14th and end on Thanksgiving Day)
Spring: May 14 to June 4
Sunday:  9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Summer: June 5 to September 10
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

Fall: September 11 to October 9
Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

*Site will be open on Victoria Day, Monday, May 23rd and Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9th.   

Sheep Head Transfer Station operates seasonally and is located at 378 Georgian Bay Water in Sheep Head Bay.

Please Note: Inclement weather, including fog and ice, may result in later openings, early closures or all day closures in extreme events.

Items Accepted 

  • household garbage
  • blue box fibres and containers
  • large household items e.g. furniture, appliances
  • dock structures, dismantled and cut into manageable sized pieces
  • re-use items
  • scrap metal
  • single use batteries and cell phones

2023 Summer Hours of Operation*
(commence Sunday, May 14th and end on Thanksgiving Day)
Spring: May 14 to June 4
Sunday:  9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Summer: June 5 to September 10
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm

Fall: September 11 to October 9
Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

*Site will be open on Victoria Day, Monday, May 23rd and Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9th. 

The Township of The Archipelago has an agreement with The Town of Parry Sound for the disposal of household waste, recycling and household hazardous waste at its MacFarlane Street Transfer Station.  

You will be required to present your Archipelago Waste Card as proof of residency to use this site.  Please visit the Town of Parry Sound's website for location and hours of operation. 

Please note that commercial hazardous waste is not accepted at the MacFarlane Street Transfer Station.

The Township has an agreement with The District Municipality of Muskoka for the use of the Twelve Mile Bay Depot by Archipelago residents.  Please note that this site only operates during the summer months and only accepts household bagged garbage and sorted recycling.  Waste cards must be presented to the site attendant. The site is equipped with video surveillance.  Illegal dumping is in violation of Provincial statutes and Municipal by-laws.