Some Island boat launches, parks to be open for long weekend

MANITOULIN—A number of Manitoulin municipalities are easing restrictions on boat launches and parks in time for the Victoria Day long weekend. A list of which ramps and parks are open (for walking purposes only) on Manitoulin follows below.

Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands

Effective Wednesday, May 13, the boat ramps at Sheguiandah, Rockville and Honora Bay are open for use. Spider Bay Marina will open Saturday, May 16.

Parks in the Northeast Town are also open for walk-through purposes only. All playground equipment, exercise equipment, picnic tables and benches remain off-limits.


The boat ramp at the South Baymouth marina is open for use-at-your-own-risk purposes now, but will legitimately be open for Friday. The launch at Michael’s Bay is open.

Gore Bay

Gore Bay’s sole launch is located at the marina, which remains closed by provincial order.


Effective Friday, May 15, Assiginack’s Bay Street ramp in Manitowaning, Black Rock, Rogers Creek and Holiday Haven Road ramps will be open.

The McLean’s Park trail and arena fairgrounds track will also be open for walking purposes only.


As of Friday, May 15, all of Billings’ public boat launches will be open, with the exception of the old launch next to the Anglican Church at the main wharf at the Aus Hunt Marina.

The municipal property at the mouth of the Kagawong River to the north of Old Mill Road will be opened up as well but trails along the river, on the south side of the Old Mill Road and Bridal Veil Falls remain closed.

Billings public beaches and the playground remain closed as well. These closures are being re-evaluated weekly.

Gordon/Barrie Island

The ramps at Julia Bay and Salmon Bay remain closed.

Central Manitoulin

Boat ramps at Sandfield, Big Lake, the east side of Lake Mindemoya, the west side of Lake Mindemoya on Monument Road and Perivale Road launch on Lake Kagawong are all open for use. Wagg’s Wood Park is open for walking while the Providence Bay boardwalk remains closed.

Providence Bay

The Providence Bay boat ramp, which is overseen by the Algoma-Manitoulin Harbour Commission, is open.

Burpee and Mills

No information is available at this time.

Dawson and Robinson

Cook’s Dock boat ramp, which is overseen by the Algoma-Manitoulin Harbour Commission, is open.