Our History

Discover the history of Manitoulin Transport.

Discover the history of Manitoulin Transport.

Manitoulin Transport – Over 60 Years of Transportation History

With the acquisition of Hills Transport in 1960, Doug Smith started a small trucking business in Gore Bay, Ontario, and renamed it Manitoulin Transport. Focused on providing reliable transportation services to the local community, the company steadily gained a reputation for its commitment to customer satisfaction and the safe delivery of goods.

As Manitoulin Transport gained momentum, it recognized the need to expand its reach. Over the years, the company strategically acquired several carriers, establishing a broader network and turning Manitoulin from a regional player to a national freight carrier.

Embracing innovation has been a hallmark of the company’s journey. The integration of advanced logistics and tracking systems has improved operational efficiency and positioned the company as a leader in the industry.

Manitoulin Transport has weathered economic shifts, industry changes, and global challenges with adaptability and resilience throughout its history. The ability to navigate complex landscapes while staying true to its founding principles has been instrumental in the company’s longevity and success.

Manitoulin Transport has long recognized the importance of sustainability in the transportation sector. This commitment to sustainability aligns with Manitoulin’s broader mission to contribute positively to the industry and the environment.

Beyond its operational success, Manitoulin Transport remains deeply committed to the communities it serves. The company actively engages in philanthropy, supporting local initiatives and contributing to charitable causes. This commitment to community welfare reflects Manitoulin’s belief in responsible corporate citizenship.

Manitoulin Transport’s journey from a small-town trucking company to a major player in the freight industry with more than 85 terminals nationwide and access to over 300 U.S. service centres, is a testament to its resilience, adaptability, and commitment to excellence. With a rich history and a forward-looking approach, Manitoulin continues to shape the future of transportation, connecting businesses and communities across North America.

Recognizing the potential for growth beyond transportation, the Manitoulin Group of Companies continues to strategically diversify its portfolio by acquiring businesses that complement its core services. These services include warehousing, customs brokerage, crating, and international freight forwarding. This diversification positions Manitoulin as a comprehensive supply chain solution provider.