Manitoulin Island, as the world's largest fresh-water island that even contains islands within its own lakes, is a place that is considered by its aboriginal inhabitants to be the "home of the great spirit, Manitou". Among the Bluewater regions it is an extension of the Bruce Peninsula Escarpment, yet it is geographically part of Northern Ontario. Socially it remains a land unto itself with a unique flavour that could be called "island culture". Access from the south is via the Chi-Cheemaun ferry but during winter Highway 6 through Espanola is the only land access. Residents, both "haweaters" and Anishinabe are very proud of their heritage as can be seen in the lighthouses, museums and art galleries that exist in almost every village. Summer theatre and festivals enhance community events as well as summer farmers' markets. Several waterfalls, scenic trails and lookouts are found across Manitoulin including the famous Bridal Veil Falls, Cup & Saucer Trail, Providence Bay beach boardwalk, Little Current Waterfront Trail, Misery Bay Provincial Park, McLean Park Trails, Lewis Twin Peaks Trail, Nimkee's Trail and Bebamikawe Memorial Trail. Two horseback riding outfitters offer adventure tours. The island holds the world's largest peace pipe, pow wow drum and dream catcher, as well as numerous examples of fine aboriginal artisan work. Dreamer's Rock is an ancient sacred site. Fishing and boating are outstanding on and around Manitoulin because of its clean water and stunning scenery, especially along the North Channel. Finally, stargazing in Manitoulin is simply a heavenly experience since it is a designated Dark Sky Reserve with very little artificial light interference.
Located on beautiful Mindemoya Lake, Pirate's Cove Cottages is the ideal family getaway. With rich scenery and unspoiled, natural beauty, this is the place to unwind! Our luxurious, 2-bedroom cottages include 4-piece bath, cable TV, gas barbecue, wood and electric heat. Enjoy biking, swimming or water sports right from your door. Boat rentals are available for avid anglers. Brookwood Brae Golf Course and its licensed lounge are located directly behind the cottages. Ask about our golf packages.
The Gore Bay & Western Manitoulin Museum is located at the end of Dawson Street at the top of the hill next to the courthouse where it once served as the jail and jailer's residence. An 1890 jail cell is still intact, complete with inscribed prisoners’ graffiti. The building has unusual artifacts and photographs of the town's early settlers. The museum contains marine relics from the days when Gore Bay was a shipping port and a collection of military artifacts from both World Wars. Visitors can see extraordinary mounted birds and fossils that are all indigenous to the island. A gallery hosts art exhibits, concerts and lectures during summer.
Jan McQuay Photographer, author and potter. Scenic Manitoulin – Visit and bring it back home! Jan’s interview with TVO's Steve Paikin gives insights into the Island, with some of the photos in the keepsake book, Scenic Manitoulin Through the Seasons. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this book with 66 full-page, full-colour photos, speaks volumes about this unique Island. The commentary tells about the rock and soil, the resilience and vulnerabilities of nature, the history of the Anishnaabeg, and a myriad of features of Island life. With the Scenic Manitoulin calendars, you can enjoy the best of the Island all year long. The flash of sunlight as a swimmer flips
Hide Away Lodge is located in a beautiful setting 2 km from the village of Kagawong in a sheltered bay on the North Channel of Lake Huron. The lodge and cottages face east with a breath-taking view of the Channel and La Cloche mountains in the distance. Sunrises are incredible! This tranquil setting is sure to relax you and provide a sense of rejuvenation. Our family-run lodge is a perfect place to bring your family for an enjoyable vacation. Accommodations range in size from one-bedroom cottages to three-bedroom suites – all of which are fully housekeeping. All cottages/suites have a full size fridge, stove, microwave and complete cooking/eating amenities. Patio doors lead out to
SUSAN’S Beautiful Up-Cycled Works & Locally Made Gifts is the culmination of a life time of travels, experiences, history, friends and beliefs. The shabby chic boutiques of Paris, the bohemian shops of London, the local craft and artisans of Manitoulin Island combine to create a wonderful experience for all the senses. SUSAN’S borrows from the elegance and ingenuity of the Edwardian era and the present day need to protect the planet by reusing, conserving and up-cycling. Susan's is the place to be. By Up-cycling glass bottles and jars that may other wise end up in the landfill, we create beautiful decorative and useful products. You can learn how to do this
Explore the Gore Bay Harbour Centre's artisan studios and shops to discover some of life's little treasures. Lucky Stone Vintage shop is located on the second floor in bright, spacious surroundings with displays of eclectic antiques, collectibles, nostalgic items and paraphernalia from another era. Just when you think you've seen everything, you will discover something new - or old at Lucky Stone Vintage!
Bridal Veil Falls cascades into a verdant rocky glen just above the village of Kagawong. The falls have hollowed out a rocky alcove where visitors 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 Highway 540.
Family Restaurant & Summer Patio - Fully Licensed “A menu for all Tastebuds” Where Breakfast is served all day. Daily Specials serving fresh, Manitoulin Whitefish & Pickerel. Full Take-Out Service & Licensed Patio Boasting 7 Specials Weekend Specials: Friday night - grilled Pickerel or Whitefish; Saturday night - Spaghetti and Meatballs; Sunday night - Hot Turkey
The Wayside Motel is located in the town of Manitowaning, Ontario, directly on Highway 6, halfway between Little Current, 32 km. to the north and South Baymouth, 32 km to the south. Little Current is the entrance to Manitoulin Island across the swing bridge, and South Baymouth is the entrance to the island by via the Chi-Cheemaun ferry. The Wayside Motel has 6 large clean rooms (all rooms are 20' x 18'), 5 with 2 double beds and 1 with a queen size bed. Each room features rustic cedar furniture, a bar fridge, individual cup coffee maker, free wireless internet, air conditioning, 32” flat screen cable TV and full bathtub/shower in the bathrooms. All rooms were recently renovated,
Jack Seabrook’s Farm Museum is Manitoulin’s biggest collection of antique vehicles and machinery, located on Hwy 542 East. Many of its visitors revel in nostalgic memories and say the museum is the finest on the island. One building contains a full line of Massey tractors and a La France fire engine stands outside. Over 50 vintage tractors gleam with their original colours. All of the machines are safely displayed and meticulously labeled indoors along with a 1927 Chevrolet, 1916 Model T Ford, a shiny red Diamond-T pickup truck and hundreds of smaller implements and tools. A George White steam engine proudly stands in the yard. The museum also displays a rare dugout canoe that
JD's Garden Centre is a hidden oasis tucked into the wilds of Manitoulin Island - the kind of place that is well worth exploring. Its colourful displays include annual and perennial flowers, herbs and vegetables, ornamental and flowering shrubs, trees, unusual planting containers, baskets and all kinds of gardening products. The centre features various trial gardens and landscape highlights that will inspire even the most experienced gardener. JD's opens May 1 - July 31 daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. during August. Phone 705-859-2393 for off-season hours. The Garden Shed Café complements the Garden Centre with dining pleasures located amongst the enchanting greenery.
The Outpost General Store is located in Little Current on beautiful Manitoulin Island. We specialize in Manitoulin inspired clothing and gifts. The Outpost General Store also carries a variety of items made locally on Manitoulin by very talented crafters, woodworkers, potters, knitters and much more!For inquires or additional information, please contact us at email@example.com
Canadian Yacht Charters offers the ultimate vacation on Lake Huron's scenic North Channel with its fleet of Bareboat Charters, Skippered Cruises, Day Sailing Excursions and Sailing School. It also maintains a full service marina, marine store and rentals of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. The town of Gore Bay also provides additional services and interesting diversions for boating enthusiasts. CYC's immaculate fleet of yachts includes luxury sailboats, catamarans and power cruisers, and are the best equipped boats anywhere. Charters include all navigation equipment and charts, ground tackle, dingy with motor, toiletry supplies, safety gear, bedding and towels, stereo/Sirius Satellite
The Stonehouse Bed & Breakfast is over 114 years old and retains many original architectural details and charm. Amenities have been added for your comfort and enjoyment. Our suites feature comfortable beds and ensuite bathrooms. Amenities include satellite TV and electric fireplaces in each room, Wireless Internet, clock and hair dryer. A full breakfast can be enjoyed in our dining room. Relax on the verandah overlooking the town. Gore Bay offers a great base for touring Manitoulin Island. Marina, swimming, shopping and summer theatre are all within walking distance. An excellent golf course is nearby.
Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve is located south of Elizabeth Bay. It harbours rare plants and animals such as the Lakeside Daisy, Pitcher's Thistle and Blandings Turtle among its fens, dunes and limestone alvars. The fissured, flat pavements are easily accessible for wheelchairs in many places and they create a surreal landscape as they gradually slope into the shoreline. Misery Bay has a wide, shallow beach that sweeps around the bay, offering excellent wading areas. The park has several trails and an interpretive centre. It is one of the island’s best bird watching spots. Sandhill Cranes frequent wet meadows across the island.
Our Family Campground offers 220 campsites on Manitoulin's longest and safest sand beach. Campsites are private and spacious on dunes forested with birch, pine, poplar and cedar where our park is dry and virtually free of black flies and mosquitoes. Daily, monthly, seasonal camping rates and group camping are available. As a family business that has served people for over 50 years, we look forward to making your vacation a pleasant one. Friendly service is available in English or French. Services include electric and water hook-ups, central dump station and pump-out service. Free hot showers, flush toilets and a drilled well provide comfortable facilities and excellent drinking
Welcome to Uncle Steve’s Park and Cabins on beautiful Lake Manitou! Uncle Steve’s is a small, family friendly resort with a laid back kind of feel. Our aim is to give you a taste of what it is like to live on Manitoulin time! We offer 8 fully equipped housekeeping cabins with all the necessities of home. We also have over 50 seasonal trailer sites. Anglers can test their skills on hard fighting Small Mouth bass, large Lake trout, or catch a nice feed of perch. Those who prefer to just soak up the sun can relax on our sand beach. We offer aluminum boat and motor rentals, boat launching facilities, canoe, and kayak rentals. We also have a small convenience store on
The Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre is a new and unique property located on the North Channel of Lake Huron on beautiful Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. The hotel features 47 traditional guest rooms, 4 suites and 7 wheelchair accessible rooms. With the 5,600 square foot Three Fires Confederacy Ballroom, the Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre is capable of hosting group tours, motor coach and bus tours, business meetings, seminars, workshops, weddings, conferences and just about any event. The hotel also has an aboriginal inspired dining facility, North46 Restaurant. It is open daily for dinner. The hotel design was inspired by the beauty of the Manitoulin Island
The best way to experience the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of Manitoulin Island is from the back of a horse! Honora Bay Riding Stable offers a Northern Ontario horseback adventure you won't soon forget; pony rides, summer day camps, various trail rides and overnight excursions on trails through the surrounding forests and hilltop fields along the Niagara Escarpment: Daily Trail Rides: depart 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 pm Renegades Trail: 1-hour, easy family ride over rugged hills with scenic views. The Bank Robber: 1-hour, limited availability for experienced riders only. A fast paced, challenging getaway run! Calhouns Drive: 2-hour ride with steep inclines, a bit of
The one and only CPR Swing Bridge in Little Current is the only land link to Manitoulin Island, which was originally built to handle railway traffic in 1914. Its unique design allows it to swing open every hour on the hour, stopping highway traffic to allow tall boats to pass through the channel. The power line towers that span the channel are also the tallest in Ontario. The Manitoulin Tourism Information Centre has both boat dockage and parking to allow visitors a good look at the bridge from the Waterfront Trail. Nearby Turner Park, located at Walcot Street and Campbell Street junction, also has a panoramic view of the harbour.
The Old Mill Heritage Centre building was originally a pulp mill built in 1925. The pulp was shipped by freighter to the United States to be processed into paper for Sears Roebuck catalogues. Later the mill was transformed into a hydroelectric generating station that supplied the island with power. The building now houses multi-media museum exhibits and the Old Mill Studios that do audio and video productions for families and organizations. Call 705-282-1442 for information. The Heritage Centre features evocative exhibits with an abundance of artifacts that reflect the history of Billings Township. Notable displays include a collection of wedding gowns spanning generations, shipwreck
We’re located just 2 km South of the intersection of Highways 540 and 542 at the OPP Station corner. Open to the public! Manitoulin Island Country Club (MICC) was established in 1981 as a nine hole, par 36 public golf course. Its excellent greens, challenging play, and beautiful landscaping have repeatedly secured its reputation as the best course on the island. MICC is proud to offer everything a golfer could want or need for a day on the greens, including memberships, pro shop, power cart and club rental, on-site licensed
Mindemoya Motel is centrally located on Manitoulin Island just west of Mindemoya, making it the perfect base from which to begin your explorations of the world's largest fresh-water island. Comfortable rooms and kitchenette units have cable TV, WiFi internet, phones, in-room coffeemakers and air conditioning to make your stay pleasant. Gas barbecues and a quiet picnic area are available for guest use. Friendly and helpful service is always on hand by your host, Nick Parmar.
Hidden between the hills and trees of Manitoulin Island, you will find the Manitoulin Soap Factory. A place where scents and sensations come together in a glorious bath of colours and textures. Each bar of soap is handmade, hand cut, and hand wrapped at the Soap Factory by the owners and employees to ensure that high standards are met for every product. Our all-natural bars of soap start with the absolute finest 100% vegetable glycerin and are scented with only our best fragrant and essential oils - not perfume. There are many different colours and scents to choose from. We also carry a large variety of candles. Our products use NO animal testing and all are biodegradable. When you
Mindemoya Market with a Café and Live Music - open June 24 to September 9, 2017 every Saturday 9 am - 12:30 pm at the arena, King St., Mindemoya Fresh Produce in Season, Baking, Preserves, Local Artists, Woodworking, Cro-hooking, Knitting, Sewing, Jewellery, Pottery, Photography The Mindemoya Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings! With a variety of live music and a café it’s more like a mini-festival, but there are lots of vendors too, most with products they have grown or made by hand themselves. Local gardeners bring their vegetables in season, from asparagus in the spring to pumpkins in the fall, with fresh lettuce,
J&G Marina looks after all your boating needs in Birch Island and McGregor Bay, one of the best fishing areas in Ontario. We have dockage, boat launching, water taxi and delivery service, marine supplies, boat storage and repairs by a licensed mechanic. The variety store includes a post office, garbage and recycling depot, ice and bottled water.
The Wigwam Gift Shoppe & Motel is located on the southern tip of Manitoulin Island, in picturesque South Baymouth facing the Chi-Cheemaun ferry dock and 20 minutes from 2 top rated golf courses. South Baymouth offers a safe marina and instant access to Lake Huron for the fishing and boating enthusiast. A short drive takes you to the pristine, blue waters of Lake Manitou. Founded in 1930, our gift shoppe is rated by our customers as one of the finest in Northern Ontario with unique selections for all occasions. Popular gift items include native crafts, dream catchers, medicine wheels, spirit feathers, handbags, jewellery and clothing for the whole family. We carry a large selection of
“With deep roots, the sky is our only limit” Explore the villages of Providence Bay, Mindemoya, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake, home to beautiful beaches and lakes. Tourist services include accommodations, restaurants, LCBO, pharmacy and grocery store. High speed internet and cellular service is available in most areas. Boat launches are located at: 570 Dial Road at Windfall Lake, 25 Hutchinson Road at Manitou Lake, northwest end of Big Lake, Perivale Road West at Kagawong Lake, and Ketchankookum Trail at Mindemoya Lake. A marina is located at Providence Bay. In the village of Mindemoya, the Old School Yard Park, next to the community centre on Hwy 542, has a stylish
Stepping Stone Toys located on the west end of beautiful Manitoulin Island in the town of Gore Bay.Stepping Stone Toys is the premiere toy store of Manitoulin Island that specializes in educational and activity based toys for all ages. We carry toys from all the top suppliers and our selection of children's books is excellent.From rainy day activities to fun in the sun, be sure to make us a destination stop during your visit to Manitoulin. We have a large selection of games, puzzles, crafting and art supplies that will entertain even the most discerning tastes from birth to 90. So come on in and say hello, browse and see for yourself what we have to offer. For a delicious bite to eat,
Locally owned and operated, Former Flame operates as an upscale resale experience, offering well-cared-for, previously loved items. In addition to a wide variety of garments, we also carry footwear, handbags, and a huge selection of hand-picked jewellery and accessories. Our goal is to create a fantastic consignment experience coupled with a unique, fun shopping atmosphere. We're a small boutique bursting with fabulous finds. Expect to find unique, on-trend, and classic pieces at well-below retail price. New items are arriving daily, so come in often to browse through the freshest selection. And don't let that special piece get away - items move
My Ol' Blues is a small apparel manufacturing company located in Gore Bay on beautiful Manitoulin Island and has been a part of this industry since Nov. 1993. Design: All our clothing/accessories are designed by founder, Kathryn M. Antonio. She has spent years honing her craft with no credentials in design. It was a fluke! Manufacture: All designs are then patterned, cut, sewn and packaged in house by a team of talented people.Wholesale: We have wholesaled from our location to 300+ stores across Canada and border states over the past 21 years - mainly to independent retailers who appreciate Canadian-made products and the ability to order small quantities and short turn-around
Edwards Studios & Art Gallery is an independently owned and operated art gallery located in the upper level of the historical old mill in the village of Kagawong. Situated on the shoreline of the North Channel, the gallery offers a stunning view of the channel islands. This working studio and art gallery showcases one-of-a-kind, original hand crafted works of art, paintings, original serigraphs, etching, pottery, stained glass, hot glass, carving, batik on silk, jewellery, clothing, textile art and custom framing. The Art Gallery was established in 1996 by Richard and Barbara Edwards. After moving to Kagawong in 1993, Richard and Barbara worked
The Shop across from the Ships...a piece of Island history Little Current's oldest merchant & Canada's oldest marine chart dealer! - Family run since 1879 Discover the unusual upstairs! An art gallery upstairs features some of Manitoulin's best known landscape artists. Let your adventurous nature lead you to a cache of the most interesting clothing and gifts in Northern Ontario: quality sweaters and sports wear, moccasins, native quill baskets, decoys, soapstone carvings, nature books and recordings. Don't miss our Historical Room Exhibits. V & S Store: We carry beach & camping supplies, crafts and artists' supplies, toys and games, knitting supplies, sewing notions, sports
Situated on 34 acres, along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Wolsey, on Manitoulin Island. We offer 12 clean, secluded housekeeping cabins with 2-piece bathrooms. All cabins have their own fire pit and rental gas BBQ. A central shower house is provided as well as a games room with pool table, TV and library. There is also a sports field for bocci ball, soccer etc., horseshoe pits and walking trails. Winged and 4-legged wildlife abound and can be observed near feeding stations. There is also an onsite beach area, marina, boat and motor rentals, pontoon boat charters and ice hut rentals. Excellent fishing for rainbow trout, pike, perch, bass, etc. Pets are welcome but must be leashed and
Nestled on Lake Huron is the wonderful village of Manitowaning and a gem to be discovered by tourists. Boasting community events monthly, residents and tourists alike enjoy all we have to offer. The waterfront is a hot spot for families to spend the day swimming and playing on the beach or on new playground equipment. Washrooms are available. The Bay Street Marina is well used by both boat cruisers and fishermen. It offers fuel service, power hookups, pump-out, showers and a launch ramp. St. Paul’s Anglican Church is the oldest Anglican church in northern Ontario dating back to 1845. Stroll through the church and grounds to see the history of our forefathers. The two annual
Hawberry Motel invites you to enjoy nature’s artistic beauty of Manitoulin, the "spirit island". We want your stay with us to be pleasant and memorable. Experience the adventure or savor the relaxation of the friendly island. The Hawberry Motel is located on Highway 6 in the largest town of Manitoulin Island, LITTLE CURRENT, Ontario. Manitoulin Island is located at the northern edge of Lake Huron between Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Georgian Bay. Manitoulin is the world’s largest freshwater lake island, the 2nd best place in Canada for salmon fishing, one of the best places in Ontario for fishing and only place where you can get Hawberries and their fruit preserves.
Located in the beautiful small community of Manitowaning on the corner of Queen Street and Michaels Bay Road, just 30 km north of South Baymouth where the Chi-Cheemaun ferry docks or 32 km from Little Current and the swing bridge. New family run business, completely renovated opening May 2012 has seven rooms, 2 trailer sites with 30-amp service, water and sewer hook-up and WiFi. All motel rooms are outfitted with a small kitchenette, bar fridge, microwave oven, Tassimo coffeemaker and a fireplace. Flat screen televisions with DVD players are in each room with WiFi and cable.
On the Bay is a family run Bed and Breakfast where you will experience the warmest hospitality and wonderful home cooked breakfasts. We look forward to your many visits.We warmly welcome you to relax and enjoy the view of the peaceful sandy shores of Providence Bay. We are situated on the longest sand beach on Manitoulin Island. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view over Providence Bay beach from our upper sun deck, relax in our comfortable recreation sitting room or just lounge on our lower decks where you can savour the quiet serenity of the beach and enjoy the calm water with its reflections of many colours. As the sun slowly lowers to the west, and your day concludes enjoy viewing the
The Cup & Saucer Trail is located 18 km. west of Little Current at the junction of Highway 540 and Bidwell Road. The lower trail follows the saucer, or base of the bluff while the higher trail leads around the cup at the top of the escarpment. Several trail routes vary between 3.8 and 12 km. loops. The most challenging Adventure Trail encounters steep ledges and a rock chimney that has split off the main cliff face. The highest point on the island, at 352 metres above sea level, has views of the bays and surrounding countryside that are breath taking, especially during the autumn colour change. The cliffs have numerous challenging walls for technical rock climbing. Hikers should be
Timberlane Rustic Lodges is a full-service lake resort where you can choose your own private cabin or stay in one of our B&B suites. The lodge is hidden away in a quiet location on Timberlane Bay along the south shore of Lake Manitou on 200 acres of peaceful countryside in Ontario's Great Lakes region. Manitou Lake is a fisherman’s paradise with Pickerel, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish, Perch, Pike and several other species available for you to catch. You can set your own island agenda to include fishing, festivals, golf, shopping, native cultural events, farmer’s markets and much more while we do absolutely everything for you -
Manitowaning Freshmart is a full service grocery store conveniently located just off Highway 6 in downtown Manitowaning. Fresh produce, deli and meat cut just the way you like it by our experienced butcher, makes your shopping experience both satisfying and enjoyable. We have a wide variety of your favourite grocery products and with President's Choice and no name products, you save money. Weekly specials can be seen by clicking on the link to the Freshmart ad website. Ice cubes and blocks are available in the store and the LCBO/beer store is located right around the corner. Our friendly, courteous staff are ready to serve you and help make your holiday the best that it can be.
“Come touch history” in downtown Mindemoya. The Central Manitoulin Historical Society - Pioneer Museum was created to preserve the contributions made by the early settlers of Campbell, Carnarvon and Sandfield Townships. The Museum has over 5,000 artifacts, most of them donated by local families to preserve their heritage. Collections reflect area history with emphasis on pioneer life, farming, fishing and lumbering. Special displays are featured in the adjacent Welcome Centre. Visit the covered bridge to see the family tree posters of some of our first settlers in Central Manitoulin. Across the creek, tour a log cabin, log barn, frame barn and log workshop. When you stroll
At the remote western tip of Manitoulin Island stands the Mississagi Lighthouse Heritage Park. Its austere, surrounding landscape is fascinating to explore. Deep rock crevices and grottos indent the shoreline, and limestone ledges are ideal for swimming and diving. The old foghorn station, lighthouse and originally furnished light keeper’s home open for tours as a museum during summer.
The Providence Bay Agricultural Society hosts the annual Providence Bay Agricultural Fair in Providence Bay on the South Shore of Manitoulin Island. This annual event has been a staple in the island culture for over 130 years. Guests from all over flock to this small community the third weekend in August every year to be entertained by local and provincial vendors and entertainers. Events run rain or shine all weekend long. The annual Ambassador competition kicks off the weekend on Friday evening starting at 7:30. The parade running from the beach to the fair grounds starts at 11:30 Saturday morning bringing laughter and excitement to the fair grounds. Come visit the exhibit
The Gore Bay Manitoulin Hotel, known locally as the McLaughlin Block, has completely equipped apartments for rent nightly, anytime. Located in downtown Gore Bay, there are one to four-bedroom units with complete kitchens, living and dining area and four piece bathroom. A propane barbecue is also available. Each apartment has queen size beds and the three and four-bedroom units have three double beds and one queen bed each. Units are also equipped with alarm clock radios, colour cable TV, DVD and CD players, hair dryer and an inflatable queen mattress if you should need an extra bed. All bedding including blankets and towels are supplied. Kitchens are fully equipped with the usual pots and
Our services include gas, diesel and propane, laundromat, Lottery counter, movie rentals, ATM, snacks, frozen foods, drinks, hot coffee, ice, housewares and cell phone accessories. Ice cream parlour opens in the summer months - May to September.
The beautiful clear waters of the North Channel await your arrival into the Port of Little Current. Enjoy some of the best boating in Lake Huron on your trip through the North Channel, staying a while in the quaint town of Little Current. Little Current is a picturesque small town, its downtown bustling in the summer months with boats, and travelers strolling the newly renovated docks. From the Downtown Docks you are at a prime location for just about everything you need, and from Spider Bay Marina just a short, scenic walk to downtown Little Current. Browse the shops on Water Street, grab some Farquhar’s Ice Cream or a frozen yogurt, stop by one of several restaurants, or grab a
Right in the middle of Manitoulin Island, nestled in the small hamlet of Spring Bay is Quintina’s Clothier and Guest House. Owned and operated by Diane Zimmerman, Quintina’s offers you a quaint and comfortable resting place. Our front unit consists of a main floor sitting room and two upper bedrooms with a double bed and a ¾ bed with a private four-piece bathroom. The covered front porch is the perfect place to review the day’s activities and adventures. The back suite consists of a double bed, sitting area with a private entrance and private 3-piece bath. The two units share a well-appointed kitchen and outside barbeque. We are just a short drive to public beaches
Journey to the southern shores of Manitoulin Island and bask in the tranquil atmosphere of the scenic South Bay. Situated merely 1 km from the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry dock, our family operated campground is easily accessible to campers coming to or leaving Manitoulin. Our amazing sunrises and sunsets will be sure to take your breath away. This is your destination for relaxation. Boasting 2,000 feet of waterfront, our shallow sandy swimming area is ideal for all ages. South Baymouth is also renowned for its salmon and trout fishing. We offer accommodations for RV’s and tents from overnight to seasonal holidays. Many sites are situated directly on the lakefront. Enhance your experience
"WHERE EVERY DAY IS A SATURDAY" Housekeeping, waterfront cottage/cabin rentals, 30-amp trailer sites, campground sites. Pet friendly, People friendly - Warning! No grumpy people allowed! Our hiking trail takes you across our property and through the forested hills of Honora Bay. Our prized location stands over quick drying limestone that almost always has a breeze off the water, which keeps the mosquitoes away. Black flies are practically non existent. At some 350 acres with 3800 feet of rocky Manitoulin shoreline, Silver Birches is a big place. We have 18 well spaced, one, two and three-bedroom rental units, 25 trailer sites with 30-amp service, many camping sites, an indoor,
The Up Top Sports Shop - Manitoulin's largest selection of fishing tackle, downriggers & fish sonars - Manitoulin's largest selection of hunting equipment, firearms, ammo, optics & archery - Camping and marine supplies - Toys and water sports - Fishing & hunting licence issuer - Electronics accessories D.A. Williamson & Sons - The Hardware Store Housewares and Decor, Full Hardware Supplies, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Trailer accessories, Plumbing, Electrical & Stationery Supplies Follow us on Facebook
North Channel View Trailer Resort is a newly developed trailer park situated in the center of Manitoulin Island with hydro and water hookups and sizable lots. The property overlooks the beautiful North Channel with easy access to your favourite fishing spot and access to four wheeler ATV trails. It is just minutes away from all necessities, grocery store, liquor store, convenience stores and beaches. There are three golf courses on Manitoulin Island with one being ten minutes away and the other two are thirty minutes away. There are many other attractions in the area to see: art galleries, restaurants, bingo hall and many more. There will be more amenities added to the park as development
Mum's Restaurant is the hub of activity in Mindemoya! We feature breakfast, lunch and daily dinner specials, including our fresh, Manitoulin fish dinners and pizza. Visit our display counter for freshly baked breads, donuts, pastry and specialty cakes. Mum's supplies take out meals and group catering for special occasions. Fully licensed under AGCO.
The Harbour Centre, at 40 Water Street, holds shops, tourist information and the William Purvis Marine Museum, an eclectic display of nautical artifacts, marine charts and exquisite ship models. It illustrates a time when ship transport was the only economical method of reaching Manitoulin and this created a rich tradition of marine culture on the island.
Originally built as a jail in 1878, the Assiginack Museum has been operating since 1955 and houses a large collection of artifacts that tell the area's history. Both the 1836 and 1862 Manitoulin Treaties were signed in Manitowaning, and in the 1880s Manitowaning was a bustling port and commercial centre. Our exhibits include local history, pioneer life, native art, an outstanding glassware collection, and much more. The Museum grounds are also home to several transplanted historic buildings, including an 1878 log schoolhouse, a pioneer home, a blacksmith shop, a driving shed, and the Municipal Cenotaph. We also have a lovely picnic area. Open daily June to September. Bus Tours are welcome
Fairly traded, Hand crafted, Exclusively African jewellery, clothing, drums, baskets, sandals, masks, carvings, homeware, gifts & more! Find beautiful artisan work that is difficult to find elsewhere.
“With deep roots, the sky is our only limit” Explore the villages of Providence Bay, Mindemoya, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake, home to beautiful beaches and lakes. Tourist services include accommodations, restaurants, LCBO, pharmacy and grocery store. High speed internet and cellular service is available in most areas. Boat launches are located at: 570 Dial Road at Windfall Lake, 25 Hutchinson Road at Manitou Lake, northwest end of Big Lake, Perivale Road West at Kagawong Lake, and Ketchankookum Trail at Mindemoya Lake. A marina is located at Providence Bay. Providence Bay has Manitoulin’s longest sand beach and beach boardwalk that is also wheelchair accessible.
Shell Gas & Diesel station, Convenience Store, Ice Cream & Slushies, ATM & Tourist Information. Just 40 minutes from Chi-Cheemaun ferry terminal. Open 7 days a week. Follow us on Facebook
At J. James Bousquet Realty Inc., Brokerage we have helped people buy and sell real estate on Manitoulin Island and area for almost 50 years. Whether you are looking to settle on Manitoulin or buy that perfect summer cottage for years to enjoy - you have come to the right place! Flanked by Lake Huron to the south, Georgian Bay to the east, and the North Channel to the north, Manitoulin Island is the largest fresh-water island in the world. Visit our website or contact one of our two island locations to be introduced to some of the most beautiful properties available on Manitoulin Island.
Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah is located on Hwy 6 where it showcases splendid pioneer heirloom artifacts and historical photographs. It also hosts alternating art exhibitions and summer children’s art programs. The exhibit has a large variety of antique farm machinery and vehicles. An impressive collection of fossils and prehistoric stone tools were excavated from a 9,500 year-old archaeological site just north of the village where prehistoric inhabitants gathered a particular type of rock that was used for making cutting tools. A noteworthy relic of American President Roosevelt’s mail plane details the president’s vacation in McGregor Bay and the untimely crash of one
McLaughlin Manitoulin Inc., Real Estate Brokerage is here to serve your real estate needs. As well as listing and selling all types of property on Manitoulin Island, we can act as a Buyer Representative, especially if you are interested in real estate listed by other brokerages. We are a member of the Sudbury Real Estate Board, the Ontario Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. As such, we advertise on the Multiple Listing Service website www.realtor.ca as well as our own popular website www.manitoulinrealestate.ca. Hugh McLaughlin and Ron Lane offer friendly, professional and competent service to buyers and sellers. Hugh started selling properties on
“With deep roots, the sky is our only limit” Explore the villages of Providence Bay, Mindemoya, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake, home to beautiful beaches and lakes. Tourist services include accommodations, restaurants, LCBO, pharmacy and grocery store. High speed internet and cellular service is available in most areas. Boat launches are located at: 570 Dial Road at Windfall Lake, 25 Hutchinson Road at Manitou Lake, northwest end of Big Lake, Perivale Road West at Kagawong Lake, and Ketchankookum Trail at Mindemoya Lake. A marina is located at Providence Bay. Manitoulin Cenotaph Park honours local military servicemen and women and merchant marine seamen who lost their
ROOMS Guests have their choice of two elegantly decorated rooms in the suite Waves room has a Queen bed Woods room has a Double bed THE SUITE is a shared accommodation Guests who vacation at Woods & Waves are required to share the living space with other visitors Shared bathroom Living area with fireplace Kitchen fully supplied with breakfast foods (Guests may bring their own groceries) THE LOFT Two bedrooms with double beds Shared bath on upper floor of owners home Communal space offers a living area with library and television Loft guest breakfasts by prearrangement only. What's Included: Fire pits with firewood on rocky shoreline - fabulous
Located just off Highway 6, only 15 minutes from the South Baymouth ferry terminal. Trail rides through the beautiful countryside leave daily at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm. Ride to beautiful Lake Manitou for a sauna, swim and lunch. Enjoy romantic, horse drawn buggy rides through our scenic bush trails. Children will enjoy the pony rides and time spent with the rabbits, kittens, chickens, alpacas and ponies in the petting zoo. Visitors will love our miniature, "Wild West" themed buildings. Bunky cabins, tipi camping and a fire pit are also available.
Jaguar Spirit Massage Studio is located in downtown Gore Bay and is open year round. We offer a variety of services including Aromatherapy Massage, Thai Massage, Reflexology Treatments, Hot Oil Head Massage, Aroma Facials and Reiki Treatments. Our signature Mapaw Massage is an hour long treatment combining techniques from the south, east and west to create a unique massage experience that will help your mind drift off and your body release. Two practitioners will simultaneously massage a personalized blend of essential oils into your body using hot stones. Originally from El Salvador, we offer treatments that are highly influenced by the healing practices of both South and North American
Welcome to HURON MOTOR LODGE on beautiful MANITOULIN ISLAND, the largest fresh-water island in the world, located right across from the Chi-Cheemaun ferry. We are a family owned business which has been in operation since 1932. We have 21 rooms to choose from, some are suites, and some are chalets and of course regular motel rooms with either a king, a queen or two queen beds. We have a large well maintained pool for any of our guests who may like to relax and soak up the sun. To quench your thirst or have a light snack we offer a coffee shop.We are a seasonal business and open the first Friday in May and close the Sunday after the Canadian Thanksgiving. CAA Approved
Brookwood Brae is Manitoulin's most mature and scenic golf course, surrounded by forested hills, numerous ponds, bridges and lush fairways. The demanding par 36, nine-hole layout is a challenge for all levels of golfers and it includes a putting green. Brookwood Brae offers club and power cart rentals and the cozy clubhouse serves quick meals and beverages in its fireplace lounge or outdoor patio. The course adjoins convenient accommodations of Pirate's Cove Cottages, located along the waterfront of Mindemoya Lake, so after hitting the turf, you can cool off on the beach.
“Why, this place looks like an old farmhouse”. We hear this comment a lot at our old farmhouse cum restaurant - and it is correct. We are in fact an original pre-century farmhouse, but we are much more than that. A treat for all your senses; we are surrounded by flower and vegetable gardens. When you walk through our door, you are treated to a menu that offers farm to table organic vegetables, Manitoulin raised beef, lamb and pork, and locally harvested Lake Huron whitefish, all supplied by Manitoulin's small, family run businesses. They care about their products in the same way that we care about how we offer it to you; fresh, organic, local and made just for you when you walk
Ten Mile Point Scenic Lookout is located just 3 km. east of the village of Sheguiandah on Manitoulin Island. From the top of the high bluff it overlooks the spectacular view of the islands clear to the La Cloche ridges of Killarney. A picnic area with toilet facilities offers a welcome rest stop for visitors while a tipi and hiking trail provide diversions for exploration. After enjoying the gorgeous scenery, visitors can admire equally impressive displays inside the Ten Mile Point Trading Post & Gallery, which exhibits the island’s biggest collection of traditionally designed native crafts and aboriginal art. Many of its collector pieces cannot be found elsewhere. Specialties
Just past the last turn in the long highway that skirts the northern shores of the Manitoulin Island, and just before the sign that announces the end of Highway 540, stands the Meldrum Bay Inn. In many ways the heart of this small village, the historic Inn has welcomed visitors since it was built in 1876. Meldrum Bay is one of those rare Ontario destinations that is unchanged by the passage of time, reminding us of a simpler time when fishing and logging drove the economy and steamships plied the waters of the North Channel. Once a busy logging, mill, and fishing town, today Meldrum Bay is a village of tranquil beauty, serenity, and purity. It is a heavenly destination for cottage owners,
Manitou Falls is a pretty little waterfall hidden in the Manitou River valley near Michael's Bay on Manitoulin Island. The pristine stream cascades over limestone ledges on its course to the bay. Several trails lead through fields and along the river's edge, which is a lovely place for a picnic. The location is on private property, so visitors should respect the premises. A public boat launch and toilets are located at Michael's Bay Park on Lake Huron, which is a popular fishing spot for Rainbow Trout and salmon. Blue Jay Creek Provincial Nature Reserve is located across the estuary on the east side of the bay.
Manitoulin Island is unique in many ways – it is the world’s largest sweet water or fresh-water Island. It has more than a hundred inland lakes between its shores, and many of those lakes have islands in them! There are more than two dozen small settlements, First Nations and towns spread out across more than 160 kilometers of boreal forest, lakes, rivers, shorelines, escarpments, meadows and alvars.Follow us on Facebook Visit www.manitoulintourism.com for information on Accommodations, Dining, Eateries, Activities and the Latest Current/Upcoming Events on the Largest Fresh-water Island in the World, Manitoulin Island.
Your home away from home for old-fashioned family camping! Green Acres, on sunny Manitoulin Island, is located on the North Channel in the bay of Sheguiandah. With pike, muskie, bass, perch, trout and pickerel in the waters, there's always a fantastic fishing adventure waiting for anglers. We have a fish cleaning station right beside the bay and all kinds of bait and tackle available. You will be sure to have a splashing good time on the beautiful beach. Over 20 of our sites are adjacent to the clean sand and water and there are plenty of shaded campsites for tents or trailers. New washrooms with showers, a children's playground and horseshoe pits are located in the park. A convenience
Rainbow Lodge is a serene, friendly cottage to spend a day, weekend or vacation.The lodge is 2000 square feet in size and has two bedrooms, full kitchen, barbecue, beautiful fireplace and large dining area. It is beautifully furnished with rustic woodwork, striking decor and modern amenities for a comfortable stay. Smaller cabins are also available. The lodge provides a retreat for the canoeist, kayaker, artist, fisherman, hiker, executive group or simply anyone seeking peace and tranquility. The breathtaking view of Northern Ontario, full of old growth forest, teems with wildlife as diverse as the country it inhabits. A hiking trail leads through the
On the Northeast shore of Lake Kagawong. Open and shaded camping sites, some pull through and tent sites. Serviced sites are equipped with water and electrical hook-ups. Centrally located showers, flush toilets, dump station and pump-out available. Completely equipped housekeeping cottage on the lakeshore separate from the camping area. Sandy beach, excellent swimming for children. Good fishing for bass, pike, perch and some pickerel. Boat launch, dockage and motorboats for rent. Bait, ice and convenience foods available in store.
The Ravenseyrie Studio & Art Gallery (located on the Gore Bay waterfront, in the Harbour Centre) is fortunate to have the beguiling backdrop of Lake Huron’s iconic North Channel assisting in providing you with not just a destination, but an experience.In Lynne Gerard’s eclectically appointed working studio a sensitive commingling of her poetry, painting and calligraphy create philosophically meaningful visual art designed to uplift while simultaneously provoking deeper reflection. Within the gallery, these creations can be viewed and purchased. The gallery offers Lynne’s Sumi-e style inkwashes and colourful watercolours (with accompanying calligraphed
At J. James Bousquet Realty Inc., Brokerage we have helped people buy and sell real estate on Manitoulin Island and area for almost 50 years. Whether you are looking to settle on Manitoulin or buy that perfect summer cottage for years to enjoy - you have come to the right place! Flanked by Lake Huron to the south, Georgian Bay to the east, and the North Channel to the north, Manitoulin Island is the largest fresh-water island in the world. Visit our website or contact one of our two island locations to be introduced to some of the most beautiful properties available on Manitoulin Island.
Andy’s celebrates 50 years of business! In 1966 Andrew B. Manitowabi pursued the idea of opening a gas station, laundromat and convenience store for Wikwemikong. With the help of his family he started his business known as Andy’s. The store was located at the homestead by Wikwemikong Holy Cross Mission Church, with one gas pump, oil deliveries, a couple washers and dryers, and a few convenience store items. In 1980 Andy’s was relocated to where it is today, and it continued to grow with the community. A larger laundromat was built, along with a larger grocery store. F. Manitowabi Heavy Equipment Contracting was established by Farrell Manitowabi in 1985. In 1990
Island Adventure Outfitters & Sport Rentals is centrally located on beautiful Manitoulin Island. We service and are insured on all Island lakes including Lake Huron. We offer a variety of water toy rentals and sales from our new retail location that will open in July: Paddle Boards, Seadoo's, Canoes, Kayaks, Hot Tub rentals, Bikes, specialty plastic Adirondack chairs and patio sets, awesome rustic home decor and basically everything you will need to have fun and explore the Island! Reservations are recommended as summer is a busy time on the Island! *Delivery fees apply depending on location. Visit us on Facebook and give us a call at 705-282-7768 or 705-698-8897 today to set up your Adventure!
This is Manitoulin's closest motel to the beach, just 2 blocks from Providence Bay's gorgeous beach and boardwalk! Large, deluxe rooms have 4-piece baths, air conditioning, electric heat, radio, satellite TV, WiFi and optional kitchen units. Guests can enjoy an on site convenience store and gift shop. The store is the home of the island's Hawberry Farms gourmet preserves that feature all sorts of locally produced jams, relishes, sauces, chutneys, barbecue seasonings, salad dressings, NO SUGAR ADDED spreads, and Manitoulin's one and only Hawberry jelly and syrup. All preserves are Made on Manitoulin with natural ingredients, so treat yourself to the largest and finest selection of
Bass Lake Creek creates a pretty cascade past a replica of the historic, water-powered Batman’s Sawmill. A viewing platform is located beside a fish ladder where jumping fish can be observed during spring or fall spawning runs. A picturesque boardwalk links this park with the village along Mill Street. Docks, launch ramps, toilets and a picnic area provide parking and access to the lake at the end of Dunlop Street.
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
A friendly welcome awaits you at Stanley Park, located on the southwest shore of Lake Mindemoya. Enjoy the ideal central spot from which to tour the beautiful Manitoulin Island. Swim in sunlit waters, some of the earliest swimming on the Manitoulin or bask on our safe private beach. Play a full game of golf nearby. Unwind while your children romp in our playground. Whatever water activities you choose to enjoy, Stanley Park offers a perfect location. Take advantage of our marina by bringing your boat to the island for sailing, fishing or water skiing. Barbecue your catch of the day and share your ‘fish tales’ to round off the perfect day. For trailers and tents Stanley Park
Billings borders the North Channel in close proximity to the famous Benjamin Islands boating area. The port village of Kagawong has harbour facilities for small and large boats, and marine repair facilities are located nearby. Reach Kagawong by Highway 540, between M’Chigeeng and Gore Bay. The community offers a fine swimming beach with public washrooms, and adjacent playground. The mechanical parts of the former hydro generating station and fishing steamboat are displayed by the beach. The Old Mill Heritage Centre & Post Office Museum features a Danny Dodge (of the American automaker dynasty) exhibit, annually changing special exhibits and presentations, as well as special
Manitoulin Resort is a friendly, family resort with something for everyone.Guests can choose between deluxe housekeeping cottages or a campingvacation. In the spring, we cater to fishermen who fish for trophy laketrout as soon as the ice leaves the lake. Summer brings families to ourresort to enjoy a memorable vacation; whether in one of our deluxe cottages,or camping amongst the trees, memories are made here. In the fall the paceslows down, and we invite you to see the beautiful fall colours.WHAT TO DO?• Swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water of Lake Manitou• Bask on the sand beach• Unwind in our large playground•
Kat’s Pet Supplies, located in the heart of Mindemoya on Manitoulin Island, provides a wide selection of pet food, accessories, treats, toys and aquarium supplies. Forgot your dog food, had a run in with a skunk or just need to keep your pet engaged? Our friendly staff can help. Life jackets, sweaters for chilly nights, pet beds, Manitoulin Island bandanas, Remington collars and leashes are just a few of the specialty items we offer. We look forward to meeting you and your pet this summer when visiting Manitoulin Island. Enjoy your stay!
Cruise across Georgian Bay aboard the MS Chi-Cheemaun. This passenger and vehicle ferry provides daily sailings from mid-May to mid-October, connecting passengers to Manitoulin Island for a special family vacation or relaxing getaway. See historic sites and stunning vistas while sailing between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island. The ferry has complete cafeteria service, a children's play area, indoor and outdoor lounges and a gift shop-news stand. The Chi-Cheemaun also offers passengers live entertainment, from Traditional Storytelling to live concerts along with three-course, gourmet dinners, as part of the Dinner Cruise & Concert Series. Passengers will be awe-inspired during the late
Located on beautiful Lake Mindemoya, Island Spring Cottages and Bed & Breakfast is the relaxation centre of Manitoulin Island. All of our cabins face our clean, sandy bay where kids and adults can have a great time swimming and at the end of each day, look out of their windows at one of the most spectacular sunsets that they will ever see. We are a quiet, family oriented resort located about 1.5 km north of the village of Mindemoya on the Ketchankookem Trail – popular for walking and bicycling. Groceries, shopping, laundromat, restaurants, fuel and hospital are all only a 5-minute drive away or 20-minute walk. • 1, 2 & 3-bedroom cottages with Satellite TV / some
Scattered across Great La Cloche Island are huge boulders. Natives once struck these rocks to send signals. Hence, voyageurs named the islands La Cloche, meaning "the bell" in French. The legendary Dreamer's Rock, located at Sunshine Alley Rd, is an aboriginal sacred site where people go on spiritual vision quests. Permission to visit the site must first be obtained from Whitefish River First Nation office at Birch Island. Killarney Provincial Park, the jewel of Ontario's wilderness parks, is accessible via Hwy 637, Hwy 6 near Willisville or Lake Panache via Road 10. The stunning La Cloche Mountains contain lakes that are famous for their azure colour and clarity. Hiking trails provide
Sheshegwaning First Nation is located 50 km. west of Gore Bay.The village’s Annual Traditional Pow Wow features local cuisine, dance and culture the 3rd weekend in June. Nimkee’s Trail begins at Beach Road and Cape Robert Road. The trail has 20 km. of loops along scenic shorelines to Eagle’s Lookout on the high bluffs at Cape Robert, where the North Shore is visible. The nearby village of Zhibaahaasing displays the world’s largest peace pipe, dream catcher and pow wow drum. Silver Water has a lovely beach at Silver Lake. Elizabeth Bay beach is located on Pine Haven Rd. Misery Bay Provincial Park is located south of Elizabeth Bay. It harbours rare plants and turtles
Manitowaning has recreation facilities to help visitors enjoy fishing, water sports, hiking or relaxation. B-Zone skate park features ramps, rails and table tops for boards, blades and bikes beside the tennis courts. Rainbow Ridge Golf Course has a contoured, 18-hole course, driving range, putting green and a clubhouse with a great view. Assiginack Museum has an interesting collection of items from early life on the island. Exhibits include a furnished pioneer home, school, blacksmith shop and log barn full of farm antiques. It opens daily June 1 – Sep. 30. Other local historical buildings are the light beacon and St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Manitowaning harbour has dockage, a
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
Located on the eastern peninsula, Wikwemikong is Manitoulin’s largest and only unceded (to the Crown) First Nation community. The residents of “Wiky” as they call it, are proud of their traditions. The community health centre is shaped like an eagle and it employs both medical practices and traditional aboriginal healing methods such as the sweat lodge and herbs. Talented local artists exhibit their work in galleries and studios. Zaawmiknaang Crafts & Eatery is a great place to “go native”. It prepares traditional Anishinabe foods in summer to complement fully furnished tipi “glamping” and a kids’ playground. Traditional hand drumming and
Meldrum Bay, at the west end of Hwy 540, is literally at land’s end with the enchanting atmosphere of being at the end of a rainbow. The village has services of a store, camping, cottages and inn lodging. Boat docks and a break wall provide improved shelter for boats while the new harbour centre has a lounge, refreshments, showers and laundry facilities. The bay contains shipwrecks that beg to be explored while salmon lurk in the bay just waiting for an angler’s lure. The Net Shed Museum exhibits artifacts daily during summer. At the remote western tip of the island stands the historic Mississagi Lighthouse Heritage Park. Its austere, surrounding landscape is fascinating
Manitoulin means “home of the Great Spirit” and for many people it is a place with a character all its own. Although located in Northern Ontario, it is an extension of the Niagara Escarpment. Culturally it exhibits the charm of a land apart with the distinction of being the world’s largest fresh-water island. South Baymouth has complete tourist services, boat docks, launch ramps and fuel. John Budd Memorial Park provides picnic facilities on Hwy 6. The harbour has tidy boardwalks that provide a view of the marina and the historic range beacons. A children’s playground is located on the shore beside the marina. The Little Schoolhouse Museum displays the early
Manitoulin’s geology is part of the Niagara Escarpment with the high cliffs appearing on the east and North Channel, while the flattest areas dip into Lake Huron to the south. Sheguiandah is located at the exposed, scenic side. Bass Lake Creek creates a pretty cascade past a replica of the water-powered Batman Sawmill. A viewing platform is located beside a fish ladder where jumping fish can be observed during spring or fall spawning runs. A picturesque boardwalk links this park with the village along Dunlop St. Docks, launch ramps, toilets and a picnic area provide parking and access to the lake. Sheguiandah Bay has some of Manitoulin’s best waterfront camping with shallow,
The town of Little Current derived its name from a native word meaning, where the water begins to flow. The current does flow in different directions, depending on surges created by wind. This is the location of the CPR swing bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Every hour on the hour it swings open, stopping highway traffic to let boats sail through. The Manitoulin Information Centre has dockage and a picnic area with a fine view of the bridge. Turner Park, located at Walcot St. & Campbell St., has a panoramic lookout above the harbour. The Strawberry Island Lighthouse stands at the eastern outlet of the channel. Low Island Park has a beach, swim docks, picnic shelter,
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
No matter how you look at it, Gore Bay has great views. The view of the entire town, nestled between the cliffs that surround it and the bay, is best from the East Bluff lookout via Hall St. and Scotland Rd to a picnic area at the top of the escarpment. The Red Roof Pavilion at the docks, has views of the harbour from its balconies and lookout tower. A playground, skateboard ramp, tennis and basketball courts adjoin the longest boardwalk on Manitoulin. Benches and gazebos provide picnic spots along the waterfront. Swim docks and a beach are located on the far side of the harbour. Harbour services include a launch ramp, fuel, pump-out, showers and Canada Customs. Canadian Yacht Charters
At Providence Bay, the longest beach on Manitoulin waits to caress your feet with soft sand and clean water. Take a stroll on the boardwalk that runs along the lovely beach. It is wheelchair accessible and stretches from the pavilion across the Mindemoya River bridge to the campground at the east end. The east shore has rugged limestone ledges and clefts that are fun to explore. The sand dunes are fragile formations that are held down only by the grasses and shrubs that grow on them. Visitors should protect the dunes from erosion by not trampling the vegetation. The River Trail hiking path can be accessed from River Rd off Cranston Rd. Camping is ideal directly next to the beach at
Lake Wolsey connects with the North Channel through a narrow gap where a picnic area and beach are located near Indian Point Lookout. The area is popular for fishing and bird watching. Deer and other animals are very numerous on west Manitoulin so motorists should be wary of colliding with wildlife, especially at dusk.
Blue Jay Creek Fish Culture Station raises lake trout and is located near the junction of Hwy 542 and 542-A. The station has a picnic area and observation gallery of the hatchery. It opens to visitors daily 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. with displays, videos and self-guided tours. Several upwelling springs can be seen from the trail that follows the stream. Nearby Sandfield has a nice picnic area beside the boat launch on Manitou Lake where the Manitou River outlet begins. The lake is well known for its excellent fishing. Kicking Mule Riding Ranch is located north of Tehkummah on Hwy 6 at Gauthier’s Rd. It offers western style adventures with gentle saddle mules and horses on scenic trail rides.
Some of Manitoulin’s nicest niches are located centrally between Mindemoya and Spring Bay. West of Mindemoya, a pretty picnic area is located near the outflow of the Mindemoya River. Further west, the impressive Manitoulin Cenotaph Park honours local military servicemen and women and merchant marine seamen who lost their lives in the World Wars. The park also provides washrooms and a shady picnic area. Follow Monument Road north to a lovely beach on the west shore of Mindemoya Lake before encountering Mindemoya Cave. When the cave was first discovered, human skeletons were found inside it where a native camp scene is now depicted. From Spring Bay, Perivale Road hugs the shoreline of
An aboriginal legend tells of a grandmother who fell into the lake and became its island. The lake and village thus were named after the “old woman”. Mindemoya is centrally located on Manitoulin with accommodations, restaurants, shopping, golfing and a hospital. Resorts and campgrounds around Mindemoya Lake make it a prime area for a holiday. Manitoulin’s lakes warm up quickly, providing the earliest swimming of the season. In autumn numerous maple trees create a splendid show of colour throughout the district. The Old School Yard Park, next to the community centre on Hwy 542, has a stylish picnic gazebo, lampposts and a water garden. Across the road, Wagg’s Woods