St Ignace MI
Gateway to the Upper Peninsula
and Mackinac Island
St Ignace MI is a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan located
just east of the Mackinac Bridge. St. Ignace is fondly known as the
gateway to the Upper Peninsula since it is the town where the northern
end of the
It’s an important town to Mackinac Island for it is the gateway to it year round – spring, summer, fall, and winter. It has all three ferry companies with docks during the busy tourist seasons and has the only ferry running after October 31 each year up to the time when it is too dangerous to navigate through the icy
Straits of Mackinac.
St Ignace MI also has the only airport that services Mackinac Island year round.
Great Lakes Air, Inc. is the only transportation service to the Island during the winter months. The cost is $48.00 round trip per person. Flights leave St. Ignace at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. They depart the Island returning to St. Ignace approximately 10 minutes after landing on the Island. Call them at 906-643-7165 to reserve your space.
A Pretty Town in the Summer
with a Beautiful Marina & Fabulous Water Views
St. Ignace MI has roughly 2,680 residents and is the county seat of Mackinac County. It comes alive during the spring, summer and fall months welcoming vacationers traveling to and from the Upper Peninsula and beautiful Mackinac Island.
There are many motel options for vacationers during the summer and fall months.
Many visitors enjoy exciting times at the
Kewadin Shores Casino & Hotel.
Fun Filled Winter Activities
During the cold Northern Michigan winter the St. Ignace community has developed three wonderful winter sports activities to be enjoyed by all.
These three popular events in St Ignace are:
- Little Bear Ice Hockey Invitational Driftwood Cup Tournament. This is a three day 12-team Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Participants are former NCAA Division Hockey players and Tier I major Junior Hockey Players known all over the midwest and North America. For more information call Scott at 906-430-0377.
- Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship is becoming a BIG event that hockey lovers all across the Midwest and Canada are talking about and anxious to watch! It is held outside on the cold and wild ice on Moran Bay in downtown St. Ignace Mi. Every year with weather permitting they hope to have around 150 teams competing. Get your reservations now and call St. Ignace Visitors Bureau at 1-800-338-6660 for motel availability.
- UP Youth Pond Hockey Championship is sanctioned by USA Hockey and is loads of fun and wild hockey playing. All motels in St. Ignace usually offer special rates for this event of $35 or more.
To read more about the
- Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship (click here for photos of this year’s event )
Motels That Are Open In Winter
Bear Cove Inn 906-643-8910; Birchwood Motel 906-984-2184; Boardwalk Inn 800-254-5408; Colonial House Inn 906-643-6900; Driftwood Motel 906-643-7744; Huron Motel 906-643-8855; Normandy Motel 800-227-6373; Pines Motel 877-378-0017; Village Inn Hotel 906-643-9511.
HOTELS OPEN WITH SWIMMING POOLS ARE:
Budget Host Inn 800-872-7057; Days Inn Lakefront 800-732-9746; Kewadin Shores Casino Hotel 800-539-2346, Quality Inn-St. Ignace 800-906-4656 and Super 8 Motel 800-460-7661.
Make your reservations now for these three events are popular throughout the state and the Mackinaw area.
A Proud History
St Ignace Mi was founded by Europeans and is one of the oldest settlements that they developed. Before the French fur traders arrived, Native Americans of the Ojibwa, Huron, Wyandotte and Odawa Indians inhabited the Upper Peninsula for centuries.
There are many beautiful scenic spots in Mackinac County as well as numerous museums and historic places to visit.
For more information about St Ignace Mi and the Upper Peninsula click here.
Insider Tip: Father Marquette Mission Park and the Museum of Ojibwa Culture Museum located at the Park are both National Historic Landmarks. Visit this wonderful historic spot for it has authentic Native reenactments and demonstrations during the summer months.
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