Kagawong On Manitoulin's magnificent North Channel
Kagawong is located on Manitoulin’s north shore in a world of its own, sheltered by Mudge Bay. The quaint village welcomes visitors with a fine beach, harbour, picnic shelter, café, shops and art studios. The Old Mill Heritage Centre & Post Office Museum displays changing theme exhibits as well as an historical account of the famous Dodge family tragedy. It opens daily 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. in summer; Tue.- Sat. spring and fall. An outdoor Farmers’ Market serves island products on Wednesdays 11 a.m.– 4 p.m., July to August.
Bridal Veil Falls cascades into a verdant rocky glen. The falls have hollowed out a rocky alcove where one can take a natural shower or walk behind the falls. Scenic trails and a bridge intersect the gorge and connect with the trailhead at the estuary where there is ample parking. The White Pine Walk displays seven “Pathway of Peace” spiritual aphorisms throughout the woods behind the community centre. Children can explore a cedar maze beside the centre. The Kagawong River is navigable into Kagawong Lake from the boat launch where boat rentals are available on Hwy 540.
The immaculate little Chapel of St. John the Evangelist is always open. The prow of a boat serves as a pulpit, fishing net floats adorn the pews, a ship’s wheel hangs above the altar, and stained glass windows display marine symbols; a charming example of the village’s ties to nautical traditions. An historic light beacon marks the harbour entrance.