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Little Current

Phone : (705) 368-2001
Your Host(s) : Canada Post Little Current

Little Current, ON (Nearby: Sheguiandah, Birch Island, Manitowaning, Wikwemikong, Massey)

  • 1907
  • 1907

14 Water E.
Little Current, Ontario
P0P 1K0

Ontario Tourism Region : Northeastern Ontario

Description From Owner:
  • Pop. 1,575. In Howland T., Manitoulin Dist. on the NE tip of Manitoulin I. and Hwys 6 & 540, 128 km. SW of Sudbury.
  • The place was known by the First Nations Peoples as Waibejewung -- ''where the waters flow back and forth' -- descriptive of winds causing a slight current through the narrow channel between the island and the mainland.
  • French fur traders knew the place as Le Petit Courant which translates as 'the little current.' The settlement was originally a Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading post built in 1856.
  • A post office, called Little Current, was established in 1865, but in the 1870s settlers also called it Shaftesbury. Archaeological digs on Manitoulin I. have produced traces of hum an habitation over 30,000 years old, the oldest known in North America.
  • Who those people were, where they came from, and where they disappeared to, remains a mystery.
  • The first recorded European resident of Manitoulin l. was Father Joseph Poncet, who established a mission in 1648 about 16 km. S of Little Current to serve the island's Algonkian-speaking people.
  • The mission was abandoned in 1650 following the destruction of the Huron nation by the Iroquois.
  • Postcards above used with permission from A Great Lakes Treasury of Old Postcards 2007 Lorenzo Marcolin, MD 176 pp. For Copies call the Huronia Museum 705 526 2844 or email

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Off the beaten track:
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  • Eads Bush, 5km
  • Sheguiandah, 9km
  • Green Bay, 15km
  • Bidwell, 20km
  • Bass Creek, 20km
  • Dinner Point Depot, 15km
  • Fort La Cloche, 19km
  • Honora, 17km
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  • West River, 23km
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  • Carson, 25km
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  • Big Lake, 28km
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  • Wikwemikong, 25km
  • Gibraltar, Manitoulin Island area, 28km
  • West Bay, 25km
  • Fox Lake, 27km
  • Two O'Clock, 29km
  • Sandfield, 31km
  • Clover Valley, Manitoulin Island area, 31km
  • Webbwood, 32km
  • Maiangowi Settlement, 28km
  • Hilly Grove, 33km
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  • McGregor Bay, 25km
  • Squirrel Town, 34km
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  • Anderson Lake, 32km
  • Bowser's Corner, 27km
  • Snowville, 35km
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  • The Slash, 40km
  • Wikwemikonsing, 35km
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Nearby Lakes:
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  • Bear Lake, 4km
  • Long Lake, 7km
  • Silver Lake, 8km
  • Bass Lake, 10km
  • Lewis Lake, 8km
  • Mud Lake, 9km
  • Perch Lake, 10km
  • Potter Lake, 10km
  • Pike Lake, 12km
  • Wright's Lake, 14km
  • White's Lake, 16km
  • Turtle Lake, 16km
  • North Pine Lake, 17km
  • Elbow Lake, 17km
  • Alexander Lake, 17km
  • Moose Lake, 18km
  • West Quartzite Lake, 18km
  • Rivers Lake, 20km
  • Maple Lake, 20km
  • East Lily Lake, 21km
  • Florence Lake, 18km
  • Cutler Lake, 22km
  • Round Lake, 22km
  • Bass Pond, 22km
  • Long Lake, 22km
  • Andress Lake, 23km
  • Lake Manitou, 23km
  • Katrine Lake, 20km
  • Major Lake, 24km
  • House Lake, 21km
  • Horseshoe Lake, 21km
  • La Cloche Lake, 22km
  • Grab Lake, 22km
  • Marsh Lake, 23km
  • Little La Cloche Lake, 23km
  • Wilkinson's Lake, 27km
  • North Silver Lake, 25km
  • Bass Lake, 25km
  • Long Lake, 27km
  • Manido Lake, 26km
  • Owl Lake, 24km
  • Fox Lake, 25km
  • Sucker Lake, 29km
  • Spruce Lake, 29km
  • George Lake, 29km
  • Raven Lake, 26km
  • East Fox Lake, 26km
  • Shawshashigin Lake, 24km
  • Devils Bay Lake, 21km