Baie Fine

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Baie Fine, ON

Lat: 46° 0.605   Long: 081° 40.299

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Anchorages
  • Monitors VHF: None
  • Charts: CHS 2205, 2245
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Coden/a
EmergencyVHF 16
Policen/a
Hospitaln/a
Pharmacyn/a

DISTANCES


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Gore Bay, ON 27 W Killarney, ON 17 E
Blind River, ON 48 W Little Current, ON 13 W
Meldrum Bay, ON 54 W Byng Inlet, ON 54 E
De Tour Village, MI 87 W Tobermory, ON 55 S

DESCRIPTION


Baie Fine is one of the largest freshwater fjords in the world. This tear in the earth's surface is about 9 nm long and offers breathtaking scenery as you cruise deeper into it.

Bair Fine is bounded by high quartz mountains that gleam in the sunshine. There are numerous anchorages scattered along its length. There are anchorages which are quite popular and which can be busy. But, there are others that offer delightful solitude.

APPROACHES


Bair Fine is entered from Frazer Bay, between McGregor Point and Frazer Point. The route is marked on CHS Chart 2245 with a dashed red line. You approach the entrance by holding close to McGregor Point.

Once clear of the entrance, you will see on your starboard the former Okeechobee Lodge. It is now private property and, although there are docks there, transient sailors cannot use them.

Inside the bay, there are a number of places where you can drop anchor. This is 'gunkholing' in the truest sense of the word - poking along a shoreline, seeking out hidden coves and anchorages, spending nights swinging on the anchor. (This was my introduction to sailing and I have never lost the delight in discovering what may lay around the next headland or up an inlet.)

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


There are some popular, well-known anchorages.

Mary Ann Cove, on the south side of Baie Fine is one of the most popular anchorages.

Across the bay and a little further east is North Shore Cove. This is another popular overnight (or more!) anchorage.

East of North Shore Cove, on the south side of the bay are numerous gunkholes to explore. In every case, it is imperative to pay close attention to your charts. Water depths can easily change from 60+ feet to 1 foot.

At the northeast corner of Baie Fine lies The Narrows. This 200 ft / 62 m cut leads into a 1.5 nm channel. Known variously as Fine Bay or Narrows Bay, this passage leads to probably the best-known anchorage on the Great lakes - The Pool. The scenery is stunning, the isolation is complete and here, you are truly off the beaten path.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


None

MEDICAL SERVICES


None

PLACES TO EAT


None

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


If you have a canoe, kayak or dinghy, you can explore along this wilderness coastline. There are hiking trails, for example up to Artist's Lake and Topaz Lake. Once inside The Pool, you are within the boundaries of Killarney Procincial Park, one of Ontario's crown jewels of its park system. There other trails that you can use to explore this magnificent landscape as well. The Ontario Provincial Parks website will give you more ideas on how you can enjoy this outstanding park.


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