Staffed BarBBQ BuffetDinner BuffetDeboardingHikingSwimmingLive Music
Your adventure tour will begin boarding between 9:30am - 9:50am on the main docks of Little Current. After an on-board welcome and safety briefing by our crew, we will depart at 9:55am in time to make the 10:00am opening of Manitoulin Island’s historic Swing Bridge. We will give you a little insight into the history of this gem as we cruise by.
The 42-mile round-trip tour is an experience you won’t soon forget. Views of the Strawberry Island Lighthouse and a glimpse through the water of a sunken ship are just a few of the sights we will come across while making our way to the mouth of Baie Fine. As we begin to enter into the fjord, we will pass the long-standing and luxurious Okeechobee Lodge. The Grand Heron will sail on down the narrow 10-mile passage, with steep rocky white quartz mountains covered in windswept pines on either side. This is a dramatic and picture-perfect area, you will want to be sure to have your camera in hand.
Grand Heron boat cruising in the North Channel heading to Baie Fine Fjord.
Once we have arrived at the anchorage known as “The Pool” we will drop anchor for 2 hours allowing any who choose to disembark and experience this true summer oasis. Hike up the well-marked trail to Lake Topaz. You may even recognize the area as it was painted by the Group of Seven’s, Arthur Lismer. You will know why he was inspired to paint at Lake Topaz after you get to the top. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel so you can take a dip at this favourite swim hole. At 3:00pm, we will begin our journey back to Little Current. Relax, grab your favourite beverage, try a locally crafted beer from Manitoulin Brewing or Split Rail Brewing Company and enjoy the cruise back taking it all in. We will arrive back in Little Current at approximately 6:15pm.
Food and Beverage: Upon departure from Little Current coffee, tea and light pastries will be available. Before disembarking on the hike to Lake Topaz, we will serve a BBQ meal consisting of hamburgers, sausages, salads, vegetable platters and all the fixings. Dessert trays and fruit platters will also be served. Drinking water, coffee and tea are included. Soda, juices and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. The bar accepts credit card and cash. Sorry, no debit aboard.
North Channel Cruise Lines Staff moored at Baie Fine Fjord.