The North Channel Spanish River to Aird Island

Spanish, Ontario

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The North Channel is partially divided from the rest of Lake Huron by the islands of the northern rim of the Niagara Escarpment, including Drummond and Manitoulin Islands, which are made primarily of dolomite. On the north side of the channel, however, the geology is that of the Canadian Shield, and the weathered granite also seen on the east side of Lake Superior predominates. Between Serpent River and the Bay of Islands on the north side of Manitoulin are many small island groups. Although the area around Killarney has many cottages, the Whales-back Channel is still relatively undeveloped and a great place to explore by kayak. The islands near the mouth of the Spanish River (including Green Island) are composed of steep granite, and the pretty scenery makes the islands a good destination for a day paddle and a good introduction to the North Channel. A trip around Aird Island is also good day trip for those who want a longer paddle.

The North Channel: Spanish River to Aird Island Professional Review and Guide

"The North Channel is partially divided from the rest of Lake Huron by the islands of the northern rim of the Niagara Escarpment, including Drummond and Manitoulin Islands, which are made primarily of dolomite. On the north side of the channel, however, the geology is that of the Canadian Shield, and the weathered granite also seen on the east side of Lake Superior predominates.

Between Serpent River and the Bay of Islands on the north side of Manitoulin are many small island groups. Although the area around Killarney has many cottages, the Whales-back Channel is still relatively undeveloped and a great place to explore by kayak. The islands near the mouth of the Spanish River (including Green Island) are composed of steep granite, and the pretty scenery makes the islands a good destination for a day paddle and a good introduction to the North Channel. A trip around Aird Island is also good day trip for those who want a longer paddle."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Spanish
Distance: 7
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Part to full day
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: CHG 2299, Canadian topographic map: Spanish (41J/1) at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to The North Channel: Spanish River to Aird Island

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May 2018