On our recent North Channel trip we found this information, and believe it would be helpful to our fellow members.
#1-We had trouble with cell coverage in Little Current, even at the Anchor Inn, however 1/2 way up the hill, to the grocery stores we received excellent coverage, just across from the LCBO. I made several calls there sitting on a confortable rock..
#2-The Hayden Custom Meats, again across from the LCBO has a wonderful selection of deli meats, salami, sausages, and I believe will freeze them for you, if you have the time. Phone # is 705-368-2663.
#3- In Port Huron, we found 2 great supplies. One, is POMPELLI, a pizza restaurant with outstanding food. About 2 blocks south of the new GLCC office right on Military Street. The second was 2 blocks further south, again on Military Street, a bakery called GREAT BAKES STATION at 1522 Military Street, and has wonderful breads & pastries. Both places are worth the trip. Actually the maraina , by the fire station, will drive you there & back on their golf carts.
#4- As you leave Spanish and head west one of the first "marks," one looks for is the day marker on Brewerton Island. A RED DAY MARKER however as we went by, late July 2009, we noticed the marker missing. The post and cement foundation were there but not the marker itself. I did call this into the Oceans & Fisheries of Canada, however no report was presented back to me.
#5-While in Spanish, one must not skip the breakfast available at Le Bei Abri B&B about 500 yards north of the marina. A charming little place operated by a French Canadian woman named Carmen. Your invited into her dining room where your given a royal breakfast, cooked to order, and with homemade jams. Cost was $8.00 Canadian, and worth twice that amount. She's a beautiful & pleasant hostess.
#6- In closing, I would like to add, we "spotted " GLCC burgees everywhere, and in every anchorage & port we visited. We always found our fellow members polite, helpful, friendly and always willing to assist if possible. Much of my needed & important, " local knowledge," was provided by GLCC boaters. Our burgee should be flown with pride, for the recognition alone is worth it's weight in gold.!
Rich & Patti Barzyk