We are planning a trip to the North Channel from the Midland area and wonder how people select routes to get there? Fast preferably.
Where are you in Midland..... we're at Baymoorings
Fastest route is to go out past Giants Tomb and turn right...... only 90 nM from Giants to Killarney..... only 15 hours at 6 knots.
All depends on how fast your boat is and how long you want to sail / motor in a day. We left Penetang on a Thurs. am, motored ( no wind) to Killcoursie Bay ( Killbear Park) left at 7:00 am and motored in the channel up to Point Au Baril and headed across to Killarney, arriving in downtown Killarney at 9:00 pm after being chased around the bay by a late afternoon thunderstorm ( see my pic farther back in this thread). Wind was from the W NW at 10 - 15 knots so we made good speed ( 6.5 knots) and could head directly at Killarney.
Many others choose to stay closer to shore and take 2-3 days up the inside channel or sail out in the Bay and head in to the islands to anchor.
We spent 3 nights in Baie Fine and took more time coming back, stopping in Collins Inlet, Bustard Islands, Shawanagan, then home. Total trip was 9 nights out.
Other options would be to head across to the Bruce Peninsula and up from there.
Best advise is to get the Ports book and study it well, sure saved us a ton of time and guesswork. Also get the strip charts and larger charts to find the routes in and out of the islands and check for updates. They've added a couple of routes into the channel from the Bay.