The ferry ride is just under 2 hours long and takes you right by some of the islands that make up Fathom Five National Marine Park. Youll see tiny Echo Island and larger Cove Island, with a view of the picturesque Cove Island Lighthouse.
There are morning, afternoon and evening departures so you can decide what time is convenient for you, and how much time youd like to spend on Manitoulin during your day trip from the cottage.
If youre visiting Manitoulin, you may want to consider booking in advance, just as you would have done when booking your stay at the cottage. Reservations do fill quickly, so you want to be sure that your plans go ahead!
The ferry departs from Tobermory Harbour and lands at South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. There youll find local shops, trading posts, places to get an ice cream cone and restaurants so you can enjoy a meal.
On your day trip from the cottage rental you can enjoy a variety of activities on Manitoulin Island including:
- Photographing Bridal Veil Falls: take a dip at the base of the waterfall, enjoy a picnic on top of the falls and dont forget your camera to snap a photo of this beautiful scene!
- Hiking Ten Mile Point Trail: get your hiking boots on and challenge yourself, enjoy the view of the islands of Georgian Bay, take a picnic with you, and visit the large trading post here
- Visiting Little Current: visit the small public beach, watch the Swing Bridge in action as boats go by, take a stroll along the boardwalk by the marina, enjoy a horseback ride, and pick up some souvenirs at the shops!
The drive on Manitoulin is not challenging and you can enjoy a relaxing day trip with your whole family while youre away from your rental cottage. This provides a great idea to keep the kids occupied with new scenery and fresh activities during your holiday.
The Chi-Cheemaun also offers a great sunset cruise, departing Tobermory in the later evening and cruising over to Manitoulin while the sun is setting over the water. Enjoying an anniversary while at the cottage? Looking for an idea for date night with your spouse while on holiday? This sunset cruise, with an optional dinner to purchase, is certainly an option!
So, there's plenty to do for everyone on the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry and on your day-trip to Manitoulin Island!