Gore Bay Manitoulin's Scenic Town
No matter how you look at it, Gore Bay has great views. The view of the entire town, nestled between the cliffs that surround it and the bay, is best from the East Bluff lookout via Hall St. and Scotland Rd to a picnic area at the top of the escarpment. The Red Roof Pavilion at the docks, has views of the harbour from its balconies and lookout tower. A playground, skateboard ramp, tennis and basketball courts adjoin the longest boardwalk on Manitoulin. Benches and gazebos provide picnic spots along the waterfront. Swim docks and a beach are located on the far side of the harbour. Harbour services include a launch ramp, fuel, pump-out, showers and Canada Customs.
Canadian Yacht Charters rents sail and powerboats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards at the docks. Many people are discovering that the quiet ambience of this community and the seductive beauty of the North Channel make a cruising combination that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.
Janet Head Lighthouse was built in 1879 and still serves as a beacon for boaters as it flashes its beam across the North Channel. The lighthouse opens for tours Tue.- Sat. 1-4 p.m., July – August.
The Gore Bay & Western Manitoulin Museum is located at the end of Dawson Street next to the courthouse where it once served as the jail and jailer's residence. An 1890 jail cell is still intact, complete with inscribed prisoners’ graffiti. The building has unusual artifacts and photographs of the town's early settlers. The museum contains marine relics from the days when Gore Bay was a shipping port and a collection of military artifacts from both World Wars. Visitors can see extraordinary mounted birds and fossils that are all indigenous to the island. A gallery hosts art exhibits, concerts and lectures during summer. The museum opens Tuesday to Saturday 10 am-4 pm.
The new Harbour Centre, at 40 Water St., holds shops, tourist information and the William Purvis Marine Museum, an eclectic display of nautical artifacts, marine charts and exquisite ship models. Ravenseyrie Gallery is located in the Harbour Centre where artist Lynne Gerard creates “Neolithic” rock art, calligraphy and nature paintings. She also exhibits Canada’s only Sorraia Mustang breeding program for the Iberian wild horse.
Gore Bay Summer Theatre presents award winning comedies and thrillers on weekends at 7:30 p.m. during July. A Farmers' Market is held Friday mornings.