Detailed Cruise Info

We offer a variety of maritime services on the waters around Manitoulin. From the Killarney region to the western reaches of the North Channel – our events program is comprised of Regularly Scheduled Adventures offered to the public. Our public events calendar is then carefully woven in with a busy private charter and motor coach agenda. 

Our signature tour offerings are comprised of main feature tours operated weekly in the summer and each one is quite diverse from the others. The main tours are known as “Sunset Dinner Cruise” – all with quality live entertainment aboard, “The Benjamin Islands“, “Baie Fine Fjord” and “Voyage to Killarney” adventures. In addition to these events, we are often create unique theme and seasonal offerings such as our Country Fest Songwriter Showcase and numerous dates with top notch live entertainment. From pirate parties to fall colours, we regularly add new events to keep our product range dynamic. Check back often for up to date events calendar. 

We often get asked “since our group is only on Manitoulin for a few days, which of your tours is the best”? Our answer to this question is simple: we consider each tour to be equal in quality and value as they all have very unique attributes. The North Channel of Lake Huron remains a pristine, rugged, un-developed, un-populated waterway. We cant wait to showcase it to you!

If you need help selecting a tour, please contact us and we will be pleased to assist. We have provided a thorough description of our products here to help you decide:

The Benjamin Islands
$119/per adult $69/per child

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Passengers are treated to an extraordinary close up view of the world renown “Benjamins”. Formed from smooth granite rock, the Benjamins are an ancient molten formation formed billions of years ago before the earth had an atmosphere. This area is surrounded by windswept pines and picture perfect rocky shorelines in every direction.

Once we have arrived in the midst of the Benjamin Islands, we will drop anchor and experience the area in peace and quiet. There will be an opportunity for those wishing to head to shore for a hike or swim to do so during our two hour stopover. Not up for the hike or shore experience? Enjoy relaxing aboard and take in this piece of heaven.

Boarding begins in Little Current at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 9:50. at  which time our crew will gather all passengers for a pre-departure safety briefing and ship orientation. This 36 mile round-trip tour will depart at 10:00a.m. Arrival in the Benjamins will be just after noon. A hot buffet lunch is served as we arrive and while the crew is setting anchor in the midst of this spectacular world renown secluded yacht anchorage. Our crew will then provide tendering service to shore for those who wish to swim or hike amidst the glacier polished granite. By 3pm all passengers will be re-boarded and we will begin our journey home via a route that takes a more direct line to Little Current allowing passengers to take in different scenery from the outbound passage (weather permitting). Grand Heron will then dock in Little Current between 5-5:30 p.m. concluding the tour.

Buffet lunch is included. Upon departure from Little Current there will be light pastries, coffee & tea available to guests. A buffet will be served at noon: food items such as hamburgers, sausage, chicken, salads, vegetable/cheese/fruit platters, treats and drinking water will be served. Soda, juices, and alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Credit cards and cash are accepted forms of payment. Sorry, no debit aboard. Cash machine available from several locations nearby our base.

 

Baie Fine Fjord
$119/per adult $69/per child

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This tour ventures all the way to the end of what is considered to be North America’s only Fjord known as Baie Fine (French for Slender Bay). Formed from rugged quartz, the Lacloche Mountains form this 10 mile deep inlet. While more dramatic in rise from the water’s edge, the mountainous terrain surrounds guests with rich vistas. In this case those views are of white quartz cliffs, craggy mountain caps, windswept pines and picture perfect rocky shorelines in every direction.

Once we have arrived at the anchorage known as “The Pool”, we will drop anchor and experience the area in peace and quiet. There will be an opportunity for those wishing to head to shore for a hike or swim to do so during our two hour stopover. Not up for the hike or shore experience? Enjoy relaxing aboard in this sheltered paradise.

Boarding begins in Little Current at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 9:50. at  which time our crew will gather all passengers for a pre-departure safety briefing and ship orientation. This 42 mile round-trip tour will depart at 9:55 a.m. in time to make the 10:00 a.m. opening of the Century old Historic Swing Bridge and will arrive at the far eastern end of Baie Fine just after 1 p.m. A hot buffet lunch is served prior to arrival and while the crew is setting anchor in the midst of this spectacular world renown secluded yacht anchorage. Our crew will then provide tendering service to shore for those who wish to hike up the mountain trail to “Lake Topaz”, a stunning glacial lake. Lake Topaz sits high above “The Pool” near the top of this section of the LaCloche Range and provides an amazing place to swim and take fabulous photos. By 3 p.m. all passengers will be re-boarded and we will begin our journey home retracing our route back to Little Current. Grand Heron will then dock in Little Current between 6–6:30 p.m. concluding the tour.

While this tour is longer in distance and duration, it provides a very unique opportunity to go deep inside Killarney Provincial Park whereas most road-trip visitors to Killarney will never have the occasion to experience.

Buffet lunch is included. Upon departure from Little Current there will be light pastries, coffee & tea available to guests. A buffet will be served at noon: food items such as hamburgers, sausage, chicken, salads, vegetable/cheese/fruit platters, treats and drinking water will be served. Soda, juices, and alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Credit cards and cash are accepted forms of payment. Sorry, no debit aboard. Cash machine available from several locations nearby our base.

 

Voyage to Killarney
$99/per adult $59/per child

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This tour takes a near direct line east through the Historic Swing Bridge and across to the “Lansdowne” Channel. Horizons similar to our Baie Fine trip are seen from a distance with some views of the open spans of Northern Georgian Bay. Similar views are of white quartz cliffs, silica rich hills, craggy mountain caps, windswept pines and picture perfect rocky shorelines in every direction.

Once we have arrived in the Killarney Channel, we will make our way to the dock and tie up allowing our boarding ramp to be used for transferring passengers to and from Grand Heron. This is when passengers will take a stroll through town and order lunch at either Herbert’s Famous Fish and Chips or at the lavish Killarney Mountain Lodge. Passengers will be responsible for the purchase of their own meal while in Killarney. Lunch aboard will not be provided aboard the ship. 

Boarding begins in Little Current at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 9:50. at  which time our crew will gather all passengers for a pre-departure safety briefing and ship orientation. This 37 mile round-trip tour will depart at 9:55 a.m. in time to make the 10:00 a.m. opening of the Century old Historic Swing Bridge and will arrive in Killarney before 1:00 p.m. By 3 p.m. all passengers will be re-boarded and we will begin our journey home retracing our route back to Little Current. Grand Heron will then dock in Little Current approx 6:00 p.m. concluding the tour.

Buffet lunch is NOT INCLUDED on this tour. Upon departure from Little Current there will be light pastries, coffee & tea available to guests. Light snacks will be provided on the passage home. Drinking water is provided. Soda, juices, and alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Credit cards and cash are accepted forms of payment. Sorry, no debit aboard. Cash machine available from several locations nearby our base.

For Sunset Dinner Cruises  CLICK HERE

For HawEater Festival/Fireworks Cruises  CLICK HERE

For Country Fest Cruises  CLICK HERE

For more information on Ship Specs CLICK HERE