thessalon ontario

Thessalon, ON

Lat: 46° 15.275   Long: 083° 33.071

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Town
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2051
  • Customs: Yes
  • 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) 842-2014
Pharmacy(705) 842-2322


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Bruce Mines, ON 13 W Blind River, ON 28 E
De Tour Village, MI 26 SW Spanish River, ON 58 E
Mackinac City, MI 67 SW Little Current, ON 76 E


Thessalon Ontario is a community of 1,300 nestled on the north shore of the North Channel. The area was long the ancestral lands of the Ojibwe people and was mentioned on a French chart that dates from 1745. The area was settled by Europeans in the early 1870's. These were loggers and lumbering men who built a prosperous economy based on the maginficent forests that stretch far to the north. Lumbering remains to this day an important pillar of the local economy. In addition, tourism plays a significant economic role in the community as well.

Thessalon was home to what was considered the largest tree in North America, east of the Rockies. The Thessalon Great White Pine began growing in 1642. It eventually succumbed to a wind storm in 1997, having lived for 355 years!

Thessalon's motto is Gateway to the North Channel and it is a perfect first stop for sailors coming from US waters. Here, you can clear customs, reprovision and plan out an adventurous cruise through one of the finest cruising grounds in the world.


The approaches to Thessalon Ontario are clear from all directions. The town is situated on the east side of an arm of land extending into the North Channel. The harbour is protected by a breakwater that links several small rocky islands, leaving 2 broad entrance channels - one to the southwest and the other to the east.

There is a charted range on a course of 202.5°. Following this range line will take you straight in to the marina. You will skirt the Fl RED light at the outer end of the breakwater, leaving it on your starboard.

You can approach Thessalon harbour from the east via a 110m/360ft channel between Lily Island and the eastern end of the breakwater. Once clear of the channel, a bearing of 285° will bring you to the marina.


Thessalon Marina   (705) 842-5188  VHF 68
Thessalon Marina has 40 slips for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at each slip. In the Crows Nest Lounge, there are restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is a lounge with TV, a library, a fully-kitted out kitchen and internet service. There are picnic areas and the marina has bicycles available to make exploring the nearby town very easy.

There is a charted anchor ground across the bay from the marina. The holding is good but sailors need to be aware of commercial traffic. This is a working harbour with regular freighter, tug and barge traffic.


There are no repair facilities in Thessalon. However, the marina keeps a list of marine mechanics who may be available to help solve problems.

Jones' Valu-Mart, located about .3 mi/.5km from the marina, can help you reprovision as you prepare to head further into the North Channel.

CIBC Bank is located downtown, about .5 km/.3 mi from the marina. It has counter and ATM service.


Thessalon Hospital (705) 842-2014 is located about 1.5 mi/2.5km from the marina.

Main Street Pharmacy (705) 842-2322 is located about .3 mi/.5 km from the marina.


The Pepper Mill, located downtown, offers good home cooking. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sinton Tavern, also downtown, it the towns local pub. Thessalon Bakery & Pizza make very good baked goods and serve a great breakfast at a very modest cost.


This is wilderness country and you can hike along the banks of the Thessalon River or take the trail out to Thessalon Point. The views out over the North Channel are fabulous.

The Thessalon Ontario information site will give you an idea of things to do and see while visiting the area.

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