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Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands

In 1998, the Town of Little Current was amalgamated with the Township of Howland and the McGregor Bay area to form the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands.

In the 1880s, Little Current was well recognized as the gateway port to Manitoulin Island and a critical stop-over point for refuelling and re-supplying water traffic on the Great Lakes.  To this day, the Little Current waterfront has been the life-blood of the community and the key to its economic success. The rich marine history of Little Current has continued to the present day where the 560 m (1,837 ft) of town docks continue to host hundreds of boats every year.

Passenger ships returned to Little Current in 1997 for the first time in over 50 years: an exciting time for the locals marking a turning point for the community in the cruise ship business.

The Port of Little Current is one of the most popular destinations on the Great Lakes for modern expedition cruise ships. Depths along the wall are approximately 5.5 m (18 ft) at datum.

Little Current is nestled on the northeast corner of Manitoulin Island – the largest freshwater island in the world – where Indigenous life and legend meld with European history. The island is surrounded by Lake Huron including Georgian Bay and the North Channel.

The swing bridge in Little Current was built in 1913 and is the only year-round way to travel to and from the island. The iconic swing bridge opens on demand for commercial shipping, and at the top of the hour for recreational boating. The swing bridge is operated from dusk until dawn and monitors marine VHF channel 14. The bridge opens to a distance of 160 feet or just under 49 meters.

Approaching the Port of Little Current through the North Channel, visitors are treated to some of the most scenic views anywhere on the Great Lakes. Heading eastbound into Georgian Bay through the swing bridge and past the Strawberry Island lighthouse, the transit through the North Channel is one of the most popular recreational boating areas in the world.

There are two anchor locations available if ships do not fit along-side, or there is more than one ship in port on the same day. Both provide good holding and are relatively sheltered. The west anchorage location is less than 5 minutes over the water from ship to shore. The east anchor location is less than 15 minutes over the water. The Grand Heron is a stable, well-equipped local day charter trimaran vessel available for tendering.



P.O. Box 608, 14 Water Street East
Little Current, Ontario  P0P 1K0
705 368 3500

Dave Williamson 

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