M'Chigeeng Manitoulin's Native Cultural Scene
The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation is an impressive structure designed to represent the turtle, a sacred animal in aboriginal mythology. The building contains a museum with rare artifacts, an art gallery and a traditional sweat lodge healing centre. The museum displays some of the best porcupine quillwork in Canada, with stunning examples of stitched pieces and three-dimensional tufting. The gallery also exhibits monthly local artisan shows. Native traditions are shown by video displays in the atrium. A covered amphitheatre holds cultural events as well as weekday craft demonstrations, drumming and dancing during July and August.
A sandy beach, picnic shelter and toilets are located past the end of Hwy 551. The Immaculate Conception Church has an unusual design in keeping with the native “fire circle”; it is usually open to the public. M'Chigeeng Hiking Trail accesses spectacular vantages for viewing West Bay. It starts behind the ball diamond on Hwy 551.
Manitoulin is the legendary home of the great spirit, Manitou and so the Great Spirit Circle Trail offers unsurpassed Aboriginal tourism experiences on majestic Manitoulin Island and Sagamok region on the North Channel of Lake Huron. Its aboriginal members offer accommodations, cultural attractions, boat tours, traditional food, artwork, eco-adventures, drum, dance and theatre performances, and festivals. Guests may enjoy day visits, stay in cabin lodgings or camp in fully equipped tipis. The Trail brochure details things to see and do on the route including Pow Wow dates and a fold out map.