The Grand Northern Route

Manitoulin Island  |  Sault Ste. Marie  |  Sudbury
Killarney  |  French River

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  • Travel along the coast of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
  • Partake in a cultural learning experience on Manitoulin Island.
  • Visit the city of Sault Ste. Marie, offering packages that tie in the rich history and culture of the city.
  • Travel back through historic towns along the North Shore of Lake Huron towards Sudbury.
  • Visit the city of Sudbury, and learn about the city's mining history at Dynamic Earth, an interactive underground museum.
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ROUTE

DISTANCE: 1400 km loop

  1. Depart from Toronto on Hwy 410.
  2. Turn onto Hwy 10, follow to Hwy 6. 
  3. Take Hwy 6 up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory.
  4. Board the Chi-Chimaun Ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island (2 hr crossing of Georgian Bay).
  5. Continue north on Hwy 6 off the island joining up with Hwy 17 west to Sault Ste. Marie.
  6. Then back tracking on Hwy 17 east to Sudbury.
  7. Back down Hwy 69, turning onto Hwy 400 back to Toronto.

Drive Distances

Toronto to Manitoulin Island
6 h 38 min / 364 km

Chi-Cheemaun Ferry crossing:
2 h crossing of Georgian Bay.

Manitoulin Island to Sault Ste. Marie
4 h 10 min / 340 km

Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury
3 h 40 min / 315 km

Sudbury to Toronto
4 h 15 min / 400 km

Points of Interest

MS Chi-Cheemaun

Manitoulin Island

The ferry connects Tobermory on the tip of Bruce Peninsula with South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island, crossing Georgian Bay.

Contact

T: 1-800-265-3163

Wikwemikong experience

Manitoulin Island

The largest Anishinabek community on Manitoulin Island.

Contact

Luke Wassegijig – Tourism Manager
T: 1-705-859-3477

Great Spirit Circle Trail (CSE)

Manitoulin Island

Browse Indigenous galleries, sample authentic cuisine and learn traditions like beading or spirit rock painting.

Contact

Joanna Panamick
T: 705-377-4404
E: panamick@circletrail.com

Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

Manitoulin Island

Browse Indigenous galleries, sample authentic cuisine and learn traditions like beading or spirit rock painting.

Manitoulin Island hotel
& conference centre

Manitoulin Island

Wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in contemporary rooms with decor reflecting the First Nations traditions. 

Contact

manitoulinhotel.com

Perivale gallery

Manitoulin island

Perivale Gallery is the premier art destination of Manitoulin Island, and one of the most prestigious art galleries in all of Northern Ontario.

Contact

T: 705-210-0290
E:
 info@perivalegallery.com

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Meldrum Bay Inn

Manitoulin Island

On the Northern shores of the Manitoulin Island, and just before the end of Highway 540, sits the Meldrum Bay Inn.

Contact

T: 877-557-1645
E: meldrumbayinn@yahoo.com

Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

St. Joseph Island

Once the most westerly fort in Upper Canada, Fort St. Joseph is now a fascinating historic ruin.

Contact

T: 705-246-2664
E: fortstjoseph-info@pc.gc.ca

Art Gallery of Algoma

Sault Ste. Marie

The Canadian bush plane heritage centre is dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of bush planes and forest fire protection in Canada.

Contact

T: 705-949-9067

Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

Sault Ste. marie

The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site features two of the oldest stone buildings in Northern Ontario.

Contact

T: 705-759-5443
E: old.stone.house@cityssm.on.ca

Agawa Canyon Tour Train (CSE)

Sault Ste. marie

The Agawa Canyon Tour Train is one of the most popular train excursions in North America.

Contact

T:  855-768-4171
E:  agawacanyontours@cn.ca

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Sault Ste. marie

The Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) is a public art gallery dedicated to cultivating and advancing the knowledge and appreciation of visual arts in Sault Ste. Marie and district.

Contact

T: 705-945-6242

Dynamic Earth (OSE)

Sudbury

Dynamic Earth is an immersive, hands-on science centre that features earth science and mining experiences.

Contact

T: 1-800-461-4898
E: contactus@sciencenorth.ca

Science North

Sudbury

Discover the connection between science and the everyday world at Science North.

Contact

T: 1-800-461-4898
E: contactus@sciencenorth.ca

Crane's Lochaven
Wilderness Lodge

French River

Crane's Lochaven Wilderness Lodge located on a private island on historic French River.

Contact

T: 1.866.994.9912
E: lochaven@vianet.ca

French River Provincial Park

French River

A 65-mile-long stretch of heritage river with gorges, waterfalls, canoe routes & a visitor center.

Contact

T: 1.800.668.2746

Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney

Iconic landscape of pink granite, white quartzite ridges, sapphire lakes and Jack Pines.

Contact

T: 1.800.668.2746