From: May To: October
Hours: spring/fall: Wed-Sun 5 p.m.-closing; summer: Tue-Sun 5 p.m.-closing
School House Restaurant
Welcome…to the School House restaurant. For 20 years we’ve offered fine dining to thousands of guests and visitors to Manitoulin Island. In season, most of our cuisine’s fresh ingredients are locally grown and our wines comprise the best from Ontario’s premium vineyards complemented by select international wines.
Come and enjoy the history of our dining room, the excellent cuisine and the beauty of Manitoulin Island.The first room of the School House was built in 1898. This is the room that now houses the dining room.The original hardwood flooring is constructed from boards of curiously different widths. These would have been scraps obtained at low cost or donated by the local mill.
The original cloak room space has been converted into the patrons’ washrooms. The large stained glass window along the east wall fills the space where the blackboard used to hang.The windows are original school house windows, once you sit down you can no longer look out, you can only look up. No distractions for the children!
A population boom in the 1940’s led to the building of the second school room which now houses the kitchens and the Niven residence. The school continued to operate until 1969 when it was officially closed and local children were bused 13 km to the school in Mindemoya.
In 1972 the building was privately purchased and renovated into a summer home. Greg and Heather Niven purchased it in 1995 and the following year opened The School House Restaurant, now one of Manitoulin’s finest dining establishments.