Lighthouses of Georgian Bay (10 Days)

Follow the Georgian Bay Coastal Route around Georgian Bay as you stop to visit the lighthouses and marine heritage attractions along the way. This 10 day tour is complete with suggestions on where to stay and eat along the way.

Day 1

Your tour begins in Honey Harbour today, where you’ll board the Daytripper water taxi to Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Your day will involve hiking to view the lighthouses of Beausoleil and Brebeuf Islands. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch, as there are no services available once on this wilderness island. Once on shore, take the Huron Trail across the island to the northern segment of the Georgian Trail. Here you can view the front range Brebeuf Island Light from afar, and the back range Beausoleil Island Light. At the end of your daytrip, take the water taxi back to shore, and check in at your accommodation.

Accommodation Options:

The Inn at Christie's Mill
263 Port Severn Rd N, PO Box 125, Port Severn
P. 1-800-465-9966
http://www.christiesmill.com
 

Dining Options:

The Inn at Christie's Mill
263 Port Severn Rd N, PO Box 125, Port Severn
P. 1-800-465-9966
http://www.christiesmill.com/Twigs/index.html
 

Things to Do:

Beausoleil Island Light Range
Honey Harbour/Beausoleil Island
Location: 1/4 mile east on the west shore of the Island
P. 705-526-9804
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Honey Harbour/Beausoleil Island
Location: By boat only - Beausoleil Island
P. 705-527-7200
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/georg/index_E.asp
Brebeuf Island Light
Honey Harbour
Location: Brebeuf Island - 7 miles north of Midland or view from Beausoleil
Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Day 2

Today you’ll make your way to the scenic village of Killarney with marine heritage stops along the way. As you pass through Parry Sound, be sure to stop for lunch and a visit to the West Parry Sound District Museum. Here you will find a 96 foot tower with views of Georgian Bay and exhibits on shipping in the local area. Next, set your sights on French River and its Parks Canada Visitor Centre, where you will learn the history of Canada’s first Heritage River. Stretch your legs with a walk across one of the world’s longest snowmobile bridges, crossing the French River gorge. Finally you’ll make your way to Killarney and your stop for the night.

Distance:

Port Severn to Parry Sound (76 km (47 miles), 50 mins)
Parry Sound to French River (100 km (60 miles), 1 hr 15 mins)
French River to Killarney (95 km (60 miles), 2 hrs 5 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Killarney Mountain Lodge
Village of Killarney, Killarney
Directions: In the Village of Killarney
P. 1-800-461-1117
http://www.killarney.com
 

Lunch Options:

Bay Street Café
22 Bay Street, Parry Sound
Directions: on Bay Street across from the Island Queen dock
P. 705-746-2882
 

Dining Options:

Herbert Fisheries Mister Perch
21 Channel Street, Killarney
P. 705-287-2214
http://herbertfisheries.ca/
Killarney Mountain Lodge
Killarney
P. 1-800-461-1117
http://www.killarney.com

Things to Do:

French River Visitor's Centre
French River
Location: Hwy 69 immediately south of the French River bridge and 1 km north of the Pickerel River
P. 705-857-3228
https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/frenchriver
West Parry Sound District Museum on Tower Hill
17 George Street, Parry Sound
Location: Tower Hill
P. 705-746-5365
http://www.wpsdm.com

Day 3

Explore the quaint village of Killarney today, its Provincial Park and its lighthouses. You’ll find the Killarney East Light perched on a beautiful promontory of rock 30 feet above the waters of Georgian Bay. The grounds of this lighthouse are open to the public and are accessed off Ontario Street. Next, take a water taxi from the harbour to view the Killarney West Light in its distinctive site on Partridge Island. As part of your Killarney experience, be sure to visit Herbert Fisheries Mr. Perch on the dock (you can’t miss the red bus!), for out of this world fresh whitefish and chips. When you’ve completed your Killarney exploration, head north to Sudbury where you’ll spend the night, do some shopping and enjoy the hospitality of this northern Ontario city.

Accommodation Options:

Auberge Sur Lac
1672 South Lane Road, Sudbury
P. 705-522-5010
http://www.aubergesurlac.ca
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
490 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury
P. 1-877-560-0111
http://www.marriott.com/property/propertypage/YSBFI
Auberge du Village
104 Durham Street, Sudbury
P. 1-888-675-7732
http://www.downtownsudbury.com/lauberge-du-village

Dining Options:

Pasta e Vino Ristorante
118 Paris Street, Sudbury
P. 705-674-3050
Umai Japanese Restaurant
1875 Paris Street, Sudbury
P. 705-673-8075
Respect Is Burning
82 Durham Street, Sudbury
P. 705-675-5777
http://www.ribsupperclub.com/
Verdicchio Ristorante-Enoteca
1351 Kelly Lake Road, Sudbury
P. 705-523-2794
http://verdicchio.ca/

Things to Do:

Killarney East Light
Killarney
Location: Red Rock Point - 1 mile east of the village at the end of Ontario Street
Killarney West Light
Killarney
Location: Partridge Island >

Day 4

Get an early start this morning as you’re making your way to Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island. As you cross onto the island at Little Current, stop to admire the swing bridge, it’s the oldest in North America and swings 15 minutes on the hour to allow boat traffic to pass through the North Channel. Further off in the channel, you’ll notice the Strawberry Island Lighthouse, perched on the north end of the island by the same name. Next, follow highway 5540 to Kagawong for a stop at Bridal Veil Falls, before viewing the Kagawong Lighthouse guarding the harbour as it sits at the tip of Mudge Bay. Finally, make your way to Gore Bay, where you’ll relax for the night after visiting the Gore Bay (Janet Head) Lighthouse. This lighthouse, now a private home, is open to the public during July and August from 1 to 3 pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Distance:

Sudbury to Little Current (120 km (75 miles), 1 hr 45 mins)
Little Current to Kagawong (45 km (28 miles), 55 mins)
Kagawong to Gore Bay (20 km (11 miles), 25 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Queen's Inn
19 Water Street, Gore Bay
P. 705-282-0665
http://www.thequeensinn.ca
Thorburn House
1 Thorburn Street, PO Box 145, Gore Bay
Directions: Corner of Thorburn & Borron Streets
P. 705-282-2253
The Stone House B & B
29 Phipps Street, PO Box 266, Gore Bay
P. 705-282-1615
http://www.bbcanada.com/stonehouse
Martha's Inn
6 Borron Street, Gore Bay
P. 705-282-8738
http://marthas-inn.blogspot.com/

Things to Do:

Bridal Veil Falls
Kagawong
Location: Hwy 540 at Kagawong
Gore Bay (Janet Head) Lighthouse
Gore Bay
Location: End of Water Street
Kagawong Lighthouse
Kagawong
Location: Located near the marina on the hill above the harbour
Strawberry Island Lighthouse
Little Current
Location: Northern edge of Strawberry Island just off the north end of Manitoulin
Swing Bridge
Little Current
Location: Hwy 6 to the information centre for parking.

Day 5

Head for Meldrum Bay on the western coast of the island this morning. Here you’ll find the Mississagi Lighthouse and the Net Shed Museum. The lighthouse has been turned into a museum complete with replica furnishings and you can climb the light tower. The Net Shed Museum, is located in the former net shed used by local fisherman, and displays fishing and marine heritage artifacts. Feel like an extra day to explore? Relax and stay for the night at the Meldrum Bay Inn. Otherwise, after lunch, make your way to the southern shore of the island choosing to stay in either Providence Bay, or South Baymouth. Stop for some relaxation along the Providence Bay beach, or take a walk along the boardwalk. Whether you arrive in South Baymouth today or tomorrow morning, check out the South Baymouth Front & Rear Range Lights, both marked with long red stripes running their height to provide ships with markers by day. You’ll be able to view them from the South Baymouth Marina. (Please make reservations for the Chi-Cheemaun today for your sailing tomorrow).

Distance:

Gore Bay to Meldrum Bay (70 km (43 miles), 1 hr 45 mins)
Meldrum Bay to Providence Bay (90 km (60 miles), 2 hr 14 mins) or
Meldrum Bay to South Baymouth (120 km (75 miles), 3 hr)

Accommodation Options:

Auberge Inn
71 McNevin, Providence Bay
P. 1-877-977-4392
http://www.aubergeinn.ca
 

Dining Options:

The School House Restaurant
47 McNevin Street, Providence Bay
P. 705-377-4055
http://www.schoolhouserestaurant.ca/
Garden's Gate Restaurant
Hwy 542, Tehkummah
P. 705-859-2088
http://www.manitoulin-island.com/gardensgate/index.html

Things to Do:

Mississagi Lighthouse
Meldrum Bay
Location: Follow Hwy 540 to Meldrum Bay, then take Mississagi Lighthouse Rd. Located 12 km west of Meldrum Bay.
Net Shed Museum
Meldrum Bay
Location: Main street in the village
P. 705-282-2040
http://www.manitoulin-island.com/museums/netshed_museum.htm
South Baymouth Front & Rear Range Lights
South Baymouth
Location: Front Range - rocky beach on the other side of the marina; Rear Range - on private property across from the marina

Day 6

Set sail today aboard the M.S. Chi-Cheemaun from South Baymouth to Tobermory. (Please be sure to arrive at the ferry terminal early to avoid disappointment and to validate your reservation). Pay special attention on the Starboard side. About 30 minutes before your arrival in Tobermory you’ll pass by the Cove Island Lighthouse (visibility is weather dependent) a beautiful preserved Imperial Tower. Upon arriving in Tobermory, make a visit to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre to learn more about Fathom Five National Marine Park. Inside you’ll find a replica lighthouse, while outside you can climb the viewing tower high above the trees for birds eye view of Georgian Bay. Visit the Big Tub Lighthouse, then the Little Tub Harbour to spend some time enjoying the sights and sounds of this picturesque village.

Distance:

South Baymouth to Tobermory (sailing time approximately 2 hours 15 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Blue Bay Motel
32 Bay Street South, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2392
http://www.bluebay-motel.com
Innisfree B&B
46 Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-8190
http://www.tobermoryaccommodations.com
Harborside Motel
9 Carlton St, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2422
http://www.blueheronco.com
Grandview Motel
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com
Big Tub Harbour Resort
236 Big Tub Rd, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2219
http://www.bigtubresort.ca
Tobermory Princess Hotel
34 Bay Street South, Tobermory
P. 1-877-901-8282
http://tobermoryprincesshotel.com/
Adventure Inn the Bruce
#7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2273
http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com

Dining Options:

Tobermory Princess Hotel
34 Bay Street South, Tobermory
P. 1-877-901-8282
http://tobermoryprincesshotel.com/
Craigie's Harbourview Restaurant
Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2867
Sunset Dinner Cruise
At the Ferry Terminal, Tobermory
P. 800-265-3163
http://www.chicheemaun.com
The Grandview
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com/dining.htm
Big Tub Harbour Resort - Bootlegger's Cove Pub
236 Big Tub Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2219
http://www.bigtubresort.ca/restaurant-pub-dining
Crowsnest Pub & Restaurant
5 Bay Street, PO BOX 98, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2575
http://crowsnestpub.ca/

Things to Do:

Chi-Cheemaun
8 Eliza Street - Tobermory or South Baymouth
P. 1-800-265-3163
http://www.ontarioferries.com
Cove Island Lighthouse
Cove Island
Location: Located on the north east corner of Cove Island. Access restricted - view from private boat, Chi-Cheemaun or take a tour boat from the harbour.
P. 1-800-268-3838
http://explorethebruce.com/things-to-do/lighthouses/
Fathom Five National Marine Park
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/index.aspx
Little Tub Harbour
Downtown Tobermory, Tobermory
Location: Downtown Tobermory
P. 519-596-2452
http://www.tobermory.org
Parks Canada Visitor Centre
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp
Parks Canada Visitor Centre Lookout Tower
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
Location: 7374 Highway 6 (on Alexandra St off of Codrington St)
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/ne01_E.asp

Day 7

Before leaving town today take the time to enjoy a glass bottom boat tour, exploring Fathom Five National Marine Park and its shipwrecks, and stopping for a short hike on Flowerpot Island. Here you’ll marvel at the sea stacks carved into the limestone and find the former lighthouse keepers quarters (now a museum) at the end of the trail. Back ashore, its time to follow the Coastal Route south. You’ll find Cabot Head Lighthouse along the shores of Georgian Bay, by following Dyers Bay Road east off of Highway 6. Located within a Provincial Nature Reserve, the Cabot Head Lighthouse and museum is open to the public from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week from May to October. Your last stop for today is in Lion’s Head. You’ll find the Lion’s Head Lighthouse at the Marina.

Distance:

Tobermory to Cabot Head (39 km (24 miles), 45 mins)
Cabot Head to Lion’s Head (42 km (26 miles), 50 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Taylor-Made B&B
31 Byron Street, Lion's Head
P. 877-434-9464
http://www.taylormade.bb-bruce.com
Lion's Head Beach Motel
1 McNeill Street, Lion's Head
P. 519-793-3155
http://www.lionsheadbeachmotelandcottages.ca/

Dining Options:

Rachel's Bakery and Cafe 50's Diner
79 Main Street, Lion's Head
P. 519-793-3982
 

Things to Do:

Cabot Head Lighthouse & Museum
PO Box 233, Lions Head
Location: Located at Cabot Head. Turn East off Hwy 6 onto Dyers Bay Rd. Follow through Dyers Bay and bear right for the shore road to Cabot Head - follow it to the end. (Please use caution when driving through Dyers Bay).
P. 519-795-7780
http://www.cabothead.ca
Fathom Five National Marine Park
Chi sin tib dek Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/amnc-nmca/on/fathomfive/index.aspx
Flowerpot Island
Tobermory
Flowerpot Island Lighthouse
Tobermory
Location: Take the tour boat from the Harbour
P. 1-800-268-3838
http://explorethebruce.com/things-to-do/lighthouses/
Blue Heron Cruises
24 Carlton St, Tobermory
Location: Little Tub Habour
P. 855-596-2999
http://www.blueheronco.com
Lion's Head Lighthouse & Marina
Lion's Head
Location: Take Cty Rd 9 east off Hwy 6. Turn left and follow the signs to the harbour
P. 1-800-268-3838
http://explorethebruce.com/things-to-do/lighthouses/

Suppliers:

The Blue Heron Company
24 Carlton Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2999 / P. 1-855-596-2999
http://www.blueheronco.com
 

Day 8

Continue your tour today with some heritage stops along the way to Collingwood. First stop is the Marine & Rail Museum located on the harbour in downtown Owen Sound. View the artifacts and the photographs of the local marine and rail history before you make your way to Meaford where you can visit the Meaford Museum located on the picturesque Meaford harbour. Continuing on your way to Collingwood, stop in Craigleith to admire the view of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse guarding the entrance to the Collingwood Harbour in the distance. Once in Collingwood, relax and enjoy the sights or continue your heritage theme today with a visit to the Collingwood Museum to learn the history of the town’s shipyard, native and transportation heritage.

Distance:

Lion’s Head to Owen Sound (65 km (40 miles), 1 hr)
Owen Sound to Meaford (30 km (18 miles), 20 mins)

Accommodation Options:

The Joseph Lawrence House Bed & Breakfast
492 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
P. 705-445-7132
http://www.josephlawrencehouse.com
Baccus House
142 Hume St, Collingwood
P. 705-446-4700
http://www.bacchushouse.ca/
Pretty River Valley Country Inn
529742 30/31 Sideroad, R.R.#1, Nottawa
P. 705-445-7598
http://www.prettyriverinn.com/
Willow Trace
7833 Poplar Side Road, Collingwood
P. 705-445-9003
http://www.collingwoodbedandbreakfast.com/
Thurso House
167 Pine Street, Collingwood
P. (705)-444-4476
http://www.thursohouse.com/

Lunch Options:

Sisi Trattoria
27 Bruce Street South, Thornbury
P. 519-599-7769
http://www.sisitrattoria.com
Thornbury Bakery Café
12 Bruce Street South,, PO Box 204, Thornbury
P. 519-599-3311
http://thornburybakerycafe.com/

Dining Options:

Catch 22 Fresh Market Grill
962 Mosley St, Wasaga Beach
P. 705-422-2281
http://www.catch22grill.com
Memories Restaurant at Cranberry Resort
19 Keith Avenue, Hwy 26 West, Collingwood
P. 1-800-465-9077
http://www.thecranberryresort.com
Tesoro
18 Schoolhouse Lane, Collingwood
P. 705-444-9230
http://www.tesororestaurant.ca

Things to Do:

Meaford Museum
111 Bayfield Street, Meaford
P. 519-538-5974
http://www.meafordmuseum.ca
Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum
1155 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound
P. 519-371-3333
http://www.marinerail.com
Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse
Collingwood
Location: South West shore of Nottawasaga Island - 2 1/2 miles off Collingwood's shore
P. 705-445-7722 / P. 1-888-227-8667
http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca
The Collingwood Museum
45 St Paul Street, Collingwood
P. 705-445-4811
http://www.collingwood.ca/museum

Day 9

Wasaga Beach is your destination this morning. The Nancy Island Historic Site houses a replica lighthouse and the original hull of the HMS Nancy schooner, which was sunk in the Nottawasaga River to protect the community in 1814. While you’re here, enjoy a stroll along the world’s longest freshwater beach before making your way east. Before you arrive in Midland or Penetanguishene, head to Cedar Point. Take the ferry to Christian Island, where you’ll find the Christian Island Lighthouse. In town, pay a visit to the Lighthouse Store where you’ll find lighthouse and nautical gifts and treasures.

Distance:

Collingwood to Wasaga Beach (14 km (9 miles), 15 mins)
Wasaga Beach to Midland or Penetanguishene (45 km (miles), 1 hr)

Accommodation Options:

Little Lake Inn B&B
669 Yonge Street, Midland
P. 1-888-297-6130
The Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
670 Hugel Road, Midland
P. 877-450-7660
http://www.victorianinn.ca/index.html
Beacon Shore on Georgian Bay B&B
128 MIdland Point Road, Midland
P. 705-526-5005
http://www.bbcanada.com/beaconshorebb
Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre
924 King Street, PO Box 515, Midland
P. 1-800-461-4265
http://www.bestwesternmidland.com/
1875 A Charter's Inn
290 Second Street, Midland
P. 1-800-724-2979
http://www.chartersinn.com/
Comfort Inn
980 King Street, PO Box 6, Midland
P. 705-526-2090
http://www.choicehotels.ca/en/comfort-inn-midland-hotel-cn279

Dining Options:

Henry's
3282 Ogdens Beach Rd,, Midland
P. 705-528-1919
http://www.henrysfishrestaurant.com/
Mad Michael's Restaurant & Bakery
8215 Highway 93, Wyebridge
P. 705-527-1666
http://www.madmichaels.com/
Grounded Coffee Co.
292 King Street, Midland
P. 705-527-5997
The Library Restaurant
526 Hugel Street, Midland
P. 705-528-0100
http://www.thelibraryrestaurant.ca
The Explorer's Cafe
347 King Street, Midland
P. 705-527-9199
http://www.theexplorerscafe.com/index.php
The Olympia
924 King Street, Midland
P. 705-529-3873
http://www.olympiagardens.com/

Things to Do:

Nancy Island Historic Site
Town of Wasaga Beach
Location: Mosley Street across from 3rd Street
P. 705-429-2516
http://www.wasagabeachpark.com/index.php?action=display&cat=7
Wasaga Beach
Town of Wasaga Beach
P. 705-429-3844
http://www.wasagabeachtourism.com
Christian Island Lighthouse
Christian Island/Beausoliel First Nations
Location: Southern most point of Christian Island - take the ferry to Christian Island from Cedar Point and head left.
P. 705-247-2051

Day 10

On this, the last day of your Georgian Bay Lighthouse Tour, spend the morning at Discovery Harbour, viewing the replica 19th century community and British ships located on scenic Penetanguishene Bay and the afternoon relaxing aboard a scenic 30,000 Islands Cruise.

Things to Do:

30,000 Island Boat Cruise
Midland & Penetanguishene
P. 705-549-3388
http://www.midlandtours.com/boat-cruise-tours/miss-midland/
Discovery Harbour
93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene
P. 705-549-8064
http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca

Suppliers:

Miss Midland
Midland
Directions: King Street to the Midland Town Dock
P. 1-888-833-2628
http://www.midlandtours.com/boat-cruise-tours/miss-midland/