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COSMOS provides a charter to this famous island with an advanced booking of 45 days or more. Departure can be from a suitable location to accommodate guests so there is less travel time over the water. Suggested departure locations are Tobermory (Bruce Peninsula), or any port on Manitoulin Island (North Channel). There are airports at both these locations to accommodate guests who wish to fly to the departure location. A minimum one week-long charter would be necessary to allow at least three days touring the island. Guests would sleep aboard the vessel each evening, and explore the island during the day.
Mackinac Island is located at the eastern end of the Straights of Mackinac where the waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet. There is a natural harbour at the south end of Mackinac Island where the yacht can swing on anchor, or the vessel can dock at one of the marinas that provide transient slips for seafaring folks that arrive by yacht. Guests can enjoy a superb dinner on shore in many of the fine restaurants and hotels on the island.
The most notable feature of Mackinac Island is the fact internal combustion engines were outlawed on the island in 1898, and so the only way to travel is on foot, by horse-drawn vehicles, by horseback, or on bicycle. There are NO motor driven vehicles on this Island! As a result, everyone arrives by boat, most arriving by commercial ferries that bring passengers from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.
It is unique for visitors to arrive by private yacht. Once you set foot on the island, you will feel you are stepping back in time. There are many historic buildings to see. Fort Mackinac constructed by British soldiers during the American Revolution. Today the original restored fort is a National Historic Landmark. A visit to this historic place allows visitors to trace the foot-steps of British and American troops as you explore the historic buildings, enjoy the exhibits, and watch lively demonstrations of an era gone by.
There are many other attractions on Mackinac Island! A favorite activity for visitors is to rent a bicycle and tour the 8.2-mile
long paved bicycle roadway that follows the shoreline of the entire island. Horse-drawn taxis can be taken on
tours on the island including a visit to the infamous Grand Hotel….and yes, even the street cleaning machines
are horse-drawn! There are many fudge shops in the downtown area and the sweet aromas of baking fudge are always
in the air as you leisurely walk the main streets.
For more information about this ‘out of this world’ charter, please Contact Us or telephone (905) 715-8795.