Little Current Gateway to Manitoulin Island & The North Channel
The town of Little Current derived its name from a native word meaning, where the water begins to flow. The current does flow in different directions, depending on surges created by wind. This is the location of the CPR swing bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Every hour on the hour it swings open, stopping highway traffic to let boats sail through. The Manitoulin Information Centre has dockage and a picnic area with a fine view of the bridge. Turner Park, located at Walcot St. & Campbell St., has a panoramic lookout above the harbour. The Strawberry Island Lighthouse stands at the eastern outlet of the channel. Low Island Park has a beach, swim docks, picnic shelter, playground, skateboard ramps, volleyball courts, historic mill ruins and the Waterfront Trail that links the park with the information centre.
The Harbour Pavilion at the west dock houses washrooms, showers and a farmers' market on Saturday mornings from mid-May to Thanksgiving. Boat mooring is available in the yacht basin and at the downtown docks. North Channel Cruise Line ship takes passengers on scheduled voyages through the incredibly diverse scenery of the North Channel and Baie Fine.
Turner's Store is a venerable family business that is Canada's oldest dealer for marine charts and the famous Turner's Map of Manitoulin. The store also has an historical room that displays a fascinating collection of mercantile equipment, photographs and nostalgic curios from Little Current's boom days as a lumber port. Turner’s Art Gallery exhibits paintings and prints of northern scenes, bird decoys, native sculptures, crafts and books of local lore.
The Cup & Saucer Trail is located 18 km. west of Little Current at the junction of Hwy 540 and Bidwell Road. The lower trail follows the saucer, or base of the bluff while the higher trail leads around the cup at the top of the escarpment. The most challenging route encounters steep ledges and a rock chimney that has split off the main cliff face. The highest point on the island has views of the bays and surrounding countryside that are breath taking. The cliffs have many good walls for rock climbing.
Western enthusiasts can enjoy the best of both worlds at Honora Bay Riding Stable, which offers outdoor and indoor horseback riding in a new bright, covered riding arena. Trail rides depart daily on a variety of routes from easy paths to challenging trails along narrow ledges, steep inclines and lofty plateaus with tremendous views of the North Channel. Overnight campout rides provide the ultimate cowboy (or cowgirl) adventure with a chance to spend more time with your trusty steed. The stable also offers riding lessons, wagon rides and a Summer Camp for kids 8-15 years old.
Honora Nordic Ski Trails are located west of Aundeck Omni Kaning. The wooded, hilly trails are great for hiking or skiing. A spectacular view of the North Channel is possible at McLean’s Mountain Lookout, just south of Little Current. This picnic area is accessible west of Little Current off Hwy 540.