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Manitoulin Lighthouses & Heritage (4 Days)

Visit the lighthouses and take in the heritage of Manitoulin Island, the world's largest freshwater island. This 4 day tour is complete with suggestions on where to stay and eat along the way.


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Day 1

Make your way to Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island, where your tour begins.  Take the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth.  While you sail, be sure to pay particular attention as you pass Cove Island (approximately 30 minutes into your sailing).  The Cove Island Lighthouse, one of the six Imperial Towers sits along the northeast corner of the island, in full view as the ferry passes by (weather depending).  Once you dock in South Baymouth, make your way to the marina, where you can view the South Baymouth Front & Rear Range Lights, both marked with long red stripes running their height to provide ships with markers by day.  Once you’ve settled in at your accommodation, take a stroll along Providence Bay’s crescent shaped beach, or the boardwalk before dinner.

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Tobermory to South Baymouth by ferry (approximately 2 hours sailing time)
South Baymouth to Providence Bay (30 km (19 miles), 45 mins)

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Day 2

Head for Meldrum Bay on the western coast of the island this morning.  Here you’ll find the Mississagi Lighthouse and the Net Shed Museum.  The lighthouse has been turned into a museum complete with replica furnishings and you can climb the light tower.  The Net Shed Museum, is located in the former net shed used by local fisherman, and displays fishing and marine heritage artifacts.  After lunch, you’ll make your way to the north end of the island, stopping in Gore Bay for the night.  Before you check in at your accommodation, make one more stop at the Gore Bay (Janet Head) Lighthouse.  This lighthouse is now a private home, but is open to the public during July and August from 1 to 3 pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Distance:
Providence Bay to Meldrum Bay (90 km (55 miles), 2 hours 15 mins)
Meldrum Bay to Gore Bay (40 km (25 miles), 50 mins)

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Day 3

You’ll follow the north shore of the island today, first stopping in Kagawong to view the Kagawong Lighthouse, guarding the harbour as it sits at the tip of Mudge Bay.  Next you’ll visit the Transportation & Communication Museum and its recreated fishing and shipping port.  Before leaving town, be sure to stop at the beautiful cascading Bridal Veil Falls.  Once you arrive in Little Current, you’ll want to view the swing bridge. Swinging 15 minutes on the hour, it’s the oldest swing bridge in North America.  From your vantage point viewing the bridge, you should be able to make out the Strawberry Island Lighthouse in the distance, sitting on the northern edge of Strawberry Island. 

Distance:
Gore Bay to Kagawong (20 km (12 miles), 25 mins)
Kagawong to Little Current (45 km (28 miles), 55 mins)

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Day 4

On this, the last day of your Manitoulin Lighthouses & Marine Heritage tour, stop in Sheguiandah at the Centennial Museum to learn about the history of shipping on the North Channel.  Then make your way to Manitowaning and the Assiginack Museum Complex, home of the S.S. Norisle, a 220 foot steamship on display at Heritage Park before heading home.

Distance:
Little Current to Sheguiandah (10 km (6 miles), 10 mins)
Sheguiandah to Manitowaning (26 km (16 miles), 25 mins) and home.

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