spanish ontario

Spanish, ON

Lat: 46° 10.985   Long: 082° 21.670

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2268
  • 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) 844-2263
Pharmacy(705) 865-2600


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Spragge, ON 22 W Gore Bay, ON 20 S
Blind River, ON 30 W Little Current, ON 28 SE
Thessalon, ON 56 W Killarney, ON 48 E
DeTour Village, MI 72 W Bustard Islands, ON 72 E


Que hablan espanol en Spanish Ontario? Short answer? - No, they don't speak Spanish in Spanish Ontario. But that's not a reason to skip this lovely small town on the North Channel.

There are a number of intriguing explanations for the origin of the town name. One suggests that a Spanish woman had been captured by Indians far to the south in the Spanish-controlled Mississippi delta and brought north where she ended up living and raising a family. Another explanation is that a Spaniard from the lower Mississippi travelled or fled into this area. What certainly is uncontested is that the name Espaniel is a common surname among the local Ojibwe people and that, in 1980, two Spanish coins dating from 1742 were found at the mouth of the Sauble River, further south on the east coast of Lake Huron.

Spanish is a perfect stop-over to re-provision or just to relax as you cruise the fabulous North Channel.


The channel leading into Spanish Municipal Marina is well-marked. The outer buoys are marked with a Fl RED light. There are both charted and uncharted obstructions in the area so careful navigation is a must.

FROM THE EAST via Little Detroit
Head north between Landry Point and Green Island. Leave Whiteaves Island to your starboard and head directly to the channel entrance. The harbour entrance lies to the north of the third pair of channel markers.

The harbour is formed by a rip-rap breakwater that extends out from the shoreline on the east and west sides and thence across on the south side. There are two openings. The entrance is on the west end. The east opening is not a passage.


Spanish Municipal Marina   (705) 844-1077    VHF 68
Spanish Municipal Marina has 125 slips with a significant number set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at slips. The Four Seasons Waterfront Complex has washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is a comfortable lounge with internet access, a gym and a sauna. There is also a small ship's store. The village is about 1 mi/1.6 km from the marina.


There are only minimal or basic repair services available in the village.

D & D Freshmart can provide necessary provisions. They offer a shuttle service to and from the marina.

The Bank of Nova Scotia has a branch in the village with both ATM and counter service.


Spanish Medical Clinic (705) 844-2263 provides basic medical services.

There is no pharmacy in Spanish ON. However, Janeway Pharmacy (705) 865-2600, located 10 mi/16 km east in Massey ON will deliver prescriptions to the marina.


Spanish River Inn is located on Hwy 17 but they have a shuttle service to the marina. Well-lnown for their fresh pickerell (walleye) dinners, they also have a bar/lounge and live entertainment. Dixie Lee Chicken has a good breakfast (along with the usual chicken offerings for lunch and snacks. Lucky's offers burgers, fries and poutine.


Spanish Municipal Marina is located right along the Shoreline Discovery Trail. This 1.5 mi/2.5 km trail takes you up the bluffs to a lovely gazebo with commanding views of the Spanish River, Whaleback Channel and the village. Mid-August is the annual Rock and Roar Festival, a weekend of music and good times.

The Spanish Ontario visitors site will give you an idea of lots more things to do and see while visiting the area.

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