As you can see from the map, with approximately 1,600 kilometers of coastline there are an almost unlimited number of locations to land. There are some great harbors located at the following locations and many of the individual lodges also have docking facilities and amenities for the boater. If you need up to date maps and charts for your voyage to Manitoulin may we suggest checking out Turner's of Little Current, Canada's oldest chart dealer. They have a full range of whatever you will need to find safe harbour on the island and will gladly take your 'phone in orders. We of course also have the world famous Chi-Cheemaun ferry which runs throughout the summer season between South Baymouth and Tobermory. It's a great ride and I suggest the dinner cruise which is available on select sailings from both terminals.
To reach Manitoulin from the north just travel Highway 17 until you get to the Espanola
turnoff. There you will take Highway 6 all the way to the swing bridge at
lane bridge opens for 15 minutes on the hour during daylight in the
summer months. This allows waiting boats to pass through. Personally
I try to hit the bridge from the island side when it's open. This gives me
an excuse to get some fantastic Farquhar's ice cream from "Three Cows
and A Cone" while watching the boats pass through. Farquhar's
ice cream originated on Manitoulin and is a must to experience while on the island.
(OK, to tell you the truth I try to stop going in both directions, it's just that good!)
Between the swing bridge and all that great ice cream you will find The Manitoulin Welcome Centre. Stop off to pick up a map or check out local events. There are also picnic tables, washrooms, telephones, a dumping station and water for recreational vehicles. From the south just pick up Highway 6 again and follow it up to Tobermory where from May to October you can catch the Chi-Cheemaun ferry for your ride to South Baymouth where Highway 6 continues on. Remember, however you come to Manitoulin Island you will want to stay for at least 2 or 3 days to take in all the sights so don't plan on just driving through. Stay and visit for a while like I did... almost 30 years ago!
Unfortunately there are no commercial flights to Manitoulin right now but
private pilots and charter flights can use either of our two public airports.
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