North Channel - Lake Huron
We did the trip last July/August in a C-38 drawing 5 feet.
1.) Can''t help. We used paper charts, compass and knotlog.
2/5.) We went up the Canadian side from Port Huron. We stopped in Goderich (50-60 miles), Kinkardine (25 miles), Port Elgin (25 miles), Tobermory (60 miles), Club Island (25 miles), Kilarney (25 miles) through Little Current to our first stop in the North Channel, Russell Island (I think). We could have saved a day by skipping Kinkardine, but we got a late start that morning. It turned out to be worth it though, just to watch the bagpiper play from the lighthouse at sunset. We could have saved another day skipping Club Island, but we really enjoyed that stop too. We came back the same route. We stayed at a marina at all of the above stops except Tobermory and Club Island. Once we were in the North Channel, we only anchored.
I''ve been told that if you go straight up the lake From Port Huron to Tobermory, you can do it in 24 hours. FYI, there is really no-where to go in between Port Elgin and Tobermory.
There are also some places before Goderich.
3.) Everywhere up there is beautiful. We especially liked Beardrop Harbor, staying there two nights. We took the dingh outside and had a picnic lunch on one of the smaller islands in Whalesback Channel. We picked blueberrys in the Benjamin islands and had fresh blueberry pancakes for two days. Store bought blueberries don''t even come close to these! I HIGHLY recommend getting the "Ports" guide for the North Channel. It''s around $40.00, but well worth it. Also, if you head up the Canadian side and stop in Tobermory, The Chart Shop (yes, that''s what it is called) has all of the charts you will need, and more. They also have the Ports guide there (I got mine a West Marine, but it was not the latest, there was a new version last year. I don''t know if they come out with a new version every year or not).
4.) Nope, we''re doing Erie this year. I hope it won''t be too much of a let-down after the North Channel.
6.) Check some of the marinas on the Canadian side, they may have mooring fields.
This is a very short summary. If you would like some more info, send me an e-mail at rduff AT visteon DOT com