The North Channel offers some of the best sailboat cruising in all of the Great Lakes. Located at the north end of Lake Huron, the North Channel was formed when the glaciers melted, scraping the land clean of topsoil as it advanced southward. This melting of the continental ice sheet also formed the many deep water bays and harbors along Canada's mainland to the north and the string of Drummond, Cockburn and Manitoulin Islands to the south. Sailing along the north shore of Drummond Island with the wind and sun on your face, your senses become alive with the breath taking beauty.
Photo by D. Sandell
Not far from Drummond Island, you can swim in Harbor Island's protected harbor, view the heronry on Cedar Island, watch the eagles soar above Milford Haven, or pick blueberries in Canada on East Grant Island. At anchor in one of the many natural harbors that dot the center and eastern end of the North Channel you can hike up the pine-studded bluffs of Beardrop Harbour, Snug Harbour or Covered Portage Cove for spectacular views and photo opportunities. Deep water marinas at Drummond Island, DeTour Village, Thessalon, ON. and Hilton Beach, ON. offer restaurants, taverns, grocery stores and gift shops. U.S. Customs & Border Protection can be found at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven on Drummond Island's north shore. Please note: You will need your passport to re-enter the U.S. Canadian customs is a just a short sail north to Thessalon, ON. or a little longer sail west to the quaint village of Hilton Beach, on St Joseph Island, ON.