General Information

About the Area:

Manitoulin Island is the largest island in freshwater in the world. The Island itself forms the northern shore of Lake Huron. Hidden above the Island to the north is the lake's ultimate and most sought after destination: The North Channel. The channel is dotted with hundreds of uninhabited islands and an unspoiled, freshwater cruising paradise.

The North Channel has been described as the "best fresh water cruising in the world".  Quite simply, it is.  Due to the attention directed to this area in various magazines and articles, plus word of mouth, the North Channel has become an extremely popular place to sail.  Being located in Little Current, Discovery is ideally situated to capture the sailing enthusiast because it is in the geographical centre of sailing and cruising "hot spots". As well, Little Current offers excellent shore-based facilities and it caters to boaters all summer long.  Because of our proximity to world renowned anchorages and sailing areas such as Baie Fine and the Benjamin Islands, sailors won’t waste any time driving to pick up their yacht. Given our unparalleled location to access the beauty of the North Channel and Georgian Bay, you are free from worry of not being able to leave the dock or that you will spend hours fighting a sea. No matter what mother nature has in store, you will enjoy a serene escape into waters protected from the roll of a big sea. 

The closest overnight anchorage is a mere 40 minutes away with Baie Fine or the Benjamin Island group having the potential to be reached in less than two hours from our docks.  More time can be spent cruising or relaxing and, if so desired, less time getting there.  Our location is perfect for getting here and getting away!

 

Suggested Itinerary


The Gallery below is a suggested one week cruise which should provide a good balance of sailing, scenery and relaxation, and some of the wonderful sights you will encounter along the way:

 

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But, the beauty of this area is that there are as many options for your itinerary as there are islands in the North Channel. And there are thousands of islands! All of these anchorages and many others are described, in detail, in the "Cruising Guide to Georgian Bay and North Channel" which is on the yacht. You are advised to consult this book, as well as the charts for all proposed routes and anchorages.

If you require further assistance, we would be happy to help you!

Provisioning


Little Current is a major yachting harbour where you can purchase all your vacation requirements, e.g. food, fuel, ice, liquor, beer, pharmaceuticals, hardware, fishing tackle, clothing, etc - although at a slightly higher cost than in larger metropolitan centres. In purchasing food supplies, please remember that ice will last only 3 to 4 days and you will probably have to return to harbour in order to replenish your ice and food supply after that time. Although Little Current is the best provisioning centre, most supplies can be found in other towns, e.g. Killarney, Kagawong and Gore Bay. You may, of course, bring some supplies with you - the amount depending on the distance you are travelling.

Linens
Our company supplies sheets, pillow cases, blankets, pillows, and towels but we do recommend that you bring a beach towel for your cruise.

 

Routes and Anchorages


There is outstanding scenery and protected anchorages both East and West of Little Current. Since it is advisable to return to harbour abour half way through the week for ice, pumpout and probably food, we recommend you split your trip on both sides of Little Current. The charts you will use on the trip are:

No. 2205 - Little Current to Killarney/Baie Fine
No. 2207 - Little Current to Clapperton Island & The Benjamins
No. 2257 - Clapperton Island to John Island

Although these and several other charts are provided on the boat, we recommend that you obtain a copy and review them prior to your arrival. They can be obtained from Discovery Yacht Charters as can the cruising guide to the North Channel called "Ports". This invaluable guide provides fabulous arial photographay and extensive written information on the area, approaches to harbours and anchorages, port information and a volume of other great information. Contact us for more details of to receive your copy!

 

 

Accommodations


Depending on your travel route, you may wish to spend the night before your charter in various locations, including Tobermory and Little Current. A small list of motels along with their facilities is given below. You are advised to make reservations.

Tobermory:
Bruce Anchor Motel - Box 160, Tobermory, N0H 2R0; telephone (519) 596 2555; Highway 6; air conditioning, television, golf and babysitting.
Coach House Inn Resort - Box 178, N0H 2R0; (519) 596 2361; Highway 6; television, restaurant, outdoor pool and golf.

Little Current:
Wagon Wheel Motel - Box 333, P0P 1K0; north edge of Little Current on Highway 6; air conditioning, television
Hawberry Motel - Box 123, P0P 1K0, telephone (705) 368 3388, north edge of Little Current on Highway 6; television

 

 

 

Directions to Little Current


Little Current is situated on the northeast shore of Manitoulin Island. It can be reached from the North via Highway 6 from Trans Canada Highway 17 between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. Alternatively, it can be reached from the south via Highway 6 after taking the Ontario Northland Ferry, the Chi-Cheemaun, across the mouth of Georgian Bay from Tobermory to South Baymouth. If you choose the latter route, you are advised to make ferry reservations as this is a popular tourist route. Information for this ferry can be found by calling 1 800 267 3163. There are also landing strips for small planes on Manitoulin Island from which taxi service can be provided to the marina. Once you arrive in Little Current please proceed to our office downtown Little Current. If there is not anyone available in the office (often we are busy and in and out as we prepare our yachts for departure), please check the display in the window for your arrival and yacht location information.

 

     
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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