south baymouth

South Baymouth, ON

Lat: 45° 33.452   Long: 082° 0.7

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2298 2235 2273
  • 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 Code705
Police(888) 310-1122
Hospital(705) 377-5711
Pharmacy(705) 377-5411


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
DeTour Village, MI 90 N Providence Bay, ON 14 NW
Presque Isle, MI 64 W Collingwood, ON 116 SE
Port Sanilac, MI 134 S Sarnia, ON 155 S


The village of South Baymouth is the northern terminus of the Tobermory-South Baymouth ferry - the Chi Cheemaun. For many visitors, South Baymouth is their gateway to Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world. The island has more than 100 lakes and its scenery and the views offshore from its high points are spectacular.

The earliest inhabitants were the Ainishinaabe peoples. Following wars with the Iroquois, the isalnd remained uninhabited for about 150 years until native peoples began to return during the War of 1812. In the 1830's, the island was transfered to the British Crown and some 30 years later, opened up to non-native settlement. The first European settlers were drawn by the fishing. Today, tourism is a significant element of the local economy.


The approaches to South Baymouth are clear from all directions. Regardless of direction, make sure you keep at least 1 nm offshore as there are numerous obstructions charted. Pick up the RED "JS 2" buoy and, leaving it on your starboard, make your course 024.5oT About .75 nm, you will pass the GREEN "JS 5" spar buoy on your port side. Maintain your course of 024.5oT as this is now the range bearing. At the Q RED buoy "JS 8", change course to approximately 055oT. Hold this new course for about 1.5 nm. The harbour entrance will be on your port.

South Baymouth is not a Port of Entry to Canada. You cannot use the CANPASS telephone system to clear in. The closest option for sailor entering from the United States is Tobermory.


Little Harbour Marina   (705) 859-3656   VHF
Little Harbour Marina has 70+ slips with several available for transients. There is a fuel dock (gasoline inly) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available dockside. There are washrooms, showers and a laundromat. The marina is adjacent to the Ferry Terminal and the village.

There are anchorages available if you move up into South Bay. Look for Fronde Bay on the west shoreline which is a good anchorage.


There are no marine repair facilities in South Baymouth. In an emergaency, the harbourmaster may be able to assist with arrangements. The harbourmaster can also arrange for delivery of dieseal fuel.

Carl's Trading Post is a small grocery store in the village.

There is an ATM in the village. The nearest bank is located in Manitowaning, about 16 mi/26 km north.


There is no health facility in South Baymouth. The nearest hospital is Manitoulin Health Centre (705) 377-5711, located in Mindemoya, 23 mi/38 km north.

The nearest pharmacy is Mindemoya Medical Pharmacy (705) 377-5411, also located in Mindemoya.


There are several restaurants in the village. Family Brown Restaurant is located north of the village and is well-known locally. Carl and Earl's Restaurant is located a few minutes from the ferry dock.


South Baymouth is where you just want to relax. Enjoy a meandering walk through the village, spend some time swimming or just enjoy a quiet afternoon reading. All easy to do in this village. There is also this South Baymouth website which may give you some ideas on getting the most of your visit.

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