Cruising the North Channel

North Channel & Lake Superior Boating: Spanish to Wawa

Surrounded by Lake Superior and Lake Huron, two of the mightiest freshwater lakes in the world, Algoma Country is home to world-class boating and offers visitors outstanding water adventures for powerboats, yachtsmen, and sailors. Waterfront communities offer sheltered docking facilities, amenities and adventure. Lake Huron alone has more than 30,000 islands, while Lake Superior offers secluded coves, bays and inlets along its rugged coastline.

Whether you want to cruise the Benjamin Islands in the North Channel or discover Lake Superior's magnificent shoreline, this list of marinas will help you plan for your next boating trip as a handy itinerary.

Lake Huron

Spanish Municipal Marina
The perfect starting point to explore and photograph the scenic Benjamin Islands, Bear Drop Harbour and Aird Island Beaches. You can also enjoy hiking on the Shoreline Discovery trail which offers a beautiful view of the North Channel from the bluff that towers above the marina. Transportation is provided by the marina for dining and shopping.
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Blind River Marina
This town is known as an outdoor hotspot. Experience the Huron Pines 18-hole Golf Course, tennis, or for those that love to hike, the Boom Town Interpretive Trail system loops through coastal woodland, coastal wetland and shoreline. Amenities include Wave gift shop, TVM Art Gallery and the Timber Village Museum. Many restaurants and shopping nearby.
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Thessalon Marina
After a pleasant day of cruising, this marina is a haven for boaters traversing the Channel east to west or entering from the United States. The park-like setting is close to dining and shopping, while the captain's service house provides all the necessities from laundry to TV, WiFi, and hot showers. Bicycles are available to boaters.
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Bruce Mines Marina
Conveniently located in the downtown core of Bruce Mines, it's easy for boaters to walk to dining, shopping, services, and amenities. Attractions include Bruce Mines Museum, Simpson Mine Shaft, Historic Mine Trail, festivals and events.
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Hilton Beach Marina
Located on St. Joseph Island, Hilton Beach Marina is one of the Island's two ports. The Channel is home to several islands, bays, high rock walls and hidden coves making it a scenic boating destination. The village itself offers dining, shopping, festivals and events.
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Richards Landing Municipal Marina
The second of St. Joseph Islands' marinas, Richards Landing is just a few steps from the town centre making it easy to reach services, dine and explore its unique shops. Open May long weekend until the second weekend in September.
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Robert Bondar Marina
Roberta Bondar Marina is situated near the heart of Algoma's largest city, Sault Ste. Marie. Boaters will find full services at the boater facility as well as restaurants, shopping and entertainment within walking distance. Attractions include Agawa Canyon Tour Train, Canadian Bushplane Museum, Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site and Mill Market. Just follow the Boardwalk.
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Lake Superior

If accessing Lake Superior east to west, boaters access from the historic Sault Ste. Marie Recreational Canal. Once through, sail up the beautiful, rugged shoreline of Lake Superior dotted with coves and bays to Wawa.

Bucks Marina
Located 5 miles south of Wawa and 1 mile by water to Lake Superior. Boaters can charter for a variety of fish species like lake trout and salmon. Services include dockside water and power, confectionary, showers and a laundromat. Home of the Wawa Salmon Derby!
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About Rob LaRue

I'm a staff writer for Algoma Country and enjoy the great outdoors Algoma has to offer. Our beautiful region has everything you need for a true outdoor adventure: fishing and hunting, epic touring routes and breathtaking outdoors.