Although located on its eastern fringe, Little Current, the Island’s gateway community, is in many ways a centre for Manitoulin. First settled in the late 1860s, Little Current grew into a major Great Lakes port with docks filled with passenger freighters, sawmills on the western waterfront employing hundreds of workers, and visitors crowding into the towns three hotels. Today visitors cross the town’s most famous landmark, the swing bridge, to discover a lovely town where they can enjoy shopping along the downtown streets, strolling along the docks, and relaxing in the waterfront parks. In the summer the harbour is again crowded with boats, but now mostly pleasure craft. Each year some 3,000 boats, both power and sailboats, tie up at the new town docks or at one of three marinas.