About The Fishing Islands
The Fishing Islands are an archipelago of 70+ dolomite islands in Lake Huron within a few km of the west coast of the Bruce Peninsula. They are located within the original territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.
The Fishing Islands
The Fishing Islands are a true gem of Lake Huron! Rocky shores, warm, shallow sheltered waters and the sandy shores of the adjacent mainland have made the Fishing Islands and Oliphant community an ideal summer retreat for many, and a year-round community enjoyed by the fortunate few.
Enjoy a guided tour past islands once home to a local still, a First Nations smokehouse, and the first white settlement in Bruce County. See shipwrecks and imagine mariners of long ago navigating rocky waters under sail. Learn of the fishing methods of the past when fish were plentiful. Hear the local folklore of the cries of the wild man.
Gift Certificates are available upon request.
We visit three of the islands’ shipwrecks on our tours. These ships carried lumber, barrels of fish and supplies.
The Phoenix was a 37 gross ton steam tug, that was 53.3 feet long and had a beam of 13.7 feet. It was built at Sauble Mills, in 1883 and sunk at Main Station Island on Nov. 30, 1901.
The Bruce Peninsula's Western Shoreline
While the eastern side of the Bruce Peninsula is known for the rugged cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment and the deep, cold waters of Georgian Bay, the western shores of the Bruce Peninsula offer warm, shallow water.
Shoreline and water activities
Residents, summer cottagers and day visitors embrace all the shoreline and waters here offer. We bike, sail, paddle, boat, and kitesurf in the summer. We ski, skate, snowshoe, snowmobile and snowkite in the winter.
We enjoy nature, and community in this little piece of heaven.
We provide guided passenger boat tours. Two boats depart from the Oliphant Dock and one picks up at Little Red Bay Marina. We also provide island taxi service, charters and delivery services. Call +1(519) 372-6309 for reservations or book online.
We reserve right to cancel or re-schedule your trip due to weather conditions.
Our charters start at $133/hr, and are perfect for:
- Watch kitesurfing
- Private tours
Call +1(519)-372-6309, or use form below, to book a charter and/or enquire about additional details:
Provide details about your trip and we will get back to you with detailed estimate.
Call +1(519)-372-6309, or use form below, to book a taxi and/or enquire about additional details:
Important Safety Information
- EMERGENCY Dial 911.
- MAYDAY Channel 16 VHF/FM and 2182 KHz HF/SSB are dedicated distress channels.
- All boats are fully approved by Transport Canada.
- All boats are fully insured.
- All boats are equipped with the required safety equipment.
- All boats are equipped with approved life preservers.
- Everyone must follow all stated safety rules.
Your opinion is very important to us. Please, see what people have to say about Fishing Islands Tours or leave your feedback.
The tour was really interesting. The historical background Pete gave explaining the early fishing, what happened, and how the islands were settled was great. The grandkids loved the shipwrecks. Pete was careful, and had great navigational skills. He really knew the waters. It was a wonderful afternoon. Glenn Beacock
We had a great tour of the Fishing Island with Fishing Island Tours and Charters. They shared a great deal about the history of the area and the plants and wildlife there. We especially enjoyed seeing the heron rookery, hearing the stories of shipwrecks and learning more about the geography of the Bruce Peninsula. Our kids had a blast! The weather was gorgeous and it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Gergana Tyufekchieva
Maps & Directions
We are located 15 km north of Sauble Beach, 30 km north of Southamptom, 13 km west of Wiarton, 42 km northwest of Owen Sound.