Welcome to Manitoulin Tourism
Manitoulin Island is your vacation solution. We can offer a quality holiday at a reasonable price. We can fill your valuable time with interesting experiences and because virtually all of our tourism businesses are owner operated by folks who work hard for their own living, we can appreciate the fact that you are thinking of spending your money on Manitoulin Island.
Manitoulin is very accessible. We sit here where the Niagara escarpment meets the Canadian Shield, an island, at the top of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. We are a handy change of scene for people coming from all directions.
Everyone needs a break…a change of scene…a vacation every so often to rest tired bodies, regain perspective and renew lagging spirits. This is more true today than ever.
You can enjoy a lot about Manitoulin for free. Manitoulin communities have beautiful public beaches, often accompanied by parks and playgrounds. Hiking trails meander through the Manitoulin landscape. Manitoulin has a great many quiet roads, ideal for an exploratory “drive in the country” or cycling adventure and miles of varied and spectacular shoreline waiting for the kayaker, canoeist or boater.
Getting To The Island
T here are three ways to get on the Island; the conventional driving route along highway 6 that leads to the world famous swing bridge, the MS Chi-Cheemaun (Ojibwe for “big Canoe”) which makes many daily trips between Tobermory and South Baymouth from May to October, and by one of the two airports (located in Gore Bay, and between Little Current and Manitowaning). In the summer and fall months Manitoulin’s population of 12000 grows exponentially because of the excellent fishing spots, hiking trails, and bar-none some of the world’s greatest hunting. For those who love adventure, communities also host many different festivals during the summer and offer fantastic cultural experiences such as Native Powwows.
Tobermory is approximately 300 km from Toronto and South Baymouth to Little Current is 68 km.
Ferry schedules are available at most Tourist Information booths and area businesses. The ferry also has volunteers from the Manitoulin Tourism Association to assist travelers and guide them to various locations on Manitoulin Island. We recommend that reservations are made in advance if traveling during July and August or on a holiday weekend!
Reservations can be made at our Welcome Center or by calling 1-800-265-3163
or visit ontarioferries.com
During the summer the bridge swings on the hour every hour from dusk to dawn for approximately 15 minutes to allow boat traffic. There are no weight restriction on the bridge and it’s dimensions are 14′ wide and 14′ high.
There is not public transportation on the Island. However, there are privately run businesses that provide forms of transportation. They are listed below.
A.J. Bus Lines (charters)
Box 578,2 Charles Walk, Elliot Lake, ON P5A 2J9
Toll Free 1-800-461-4622
Your Single Source Transportation Provider
Manitoulin Transport is an industry leading provider of expedited North American transportation and logistics solutions. We offer customers one of the widest distribution reaches encompassing a network of more than 60 Canadian terminals and 250+ U.S. Service Centres. Through our extensive network comes one of the company’s key strengths – providing reliable on-time delivery to any destination in North America.
Gore Bay (705)282-2640
Little Current (705)368-2512
Gore Bay – Manitoulin Airport
c/o Robbie Collwell, P.O. Box 236, Gore Bay, Ontario P0P 1H0
Located west of Gore Bay. It provides custom clearance from May to November. Also has aviation fuels and tie downs for sale. For more information please call the above number. In the winter months please phone ahead for runway conditions.
Manitoulin East Airport
c/o George Dobbs, Postal Bag 2000, Little Current, Ontario P0P 1K0
Located midway between Little Current and Manitowaning. It provides a a terminal building, flight-planning room and a paved runway.