Manitoulin Activities

Manitoulin Hiking & Scenic Trails

Manitoulin has many hiking trails which take anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day, requiring various degrees of fitness. For the casual walker, there are nature trails and boardwalks in and around many of the quaint little towns.

Hiking & Scenic Trails

Bebamikawe Memorial Trail

Located at the end of Beach Rd, the Bebamikawe Memorial Trail is an easy to moderate 14km trail with scenic lookouts and vistas. The Trail system consists of an Outdoor Fitness Park with 1.5km double tract trail complete with five outdoor fitness stations and lakefront picnic pavilion. The hiking trail has over 11km of single tract rugged footpath and incorporates up to 800m of double tract trail that can accommodate mountain bikes. Educational signage is mounted at three lookouts describing the historic and ecological significance of the area. Enjoy Manitoulin Islands only professionally built trail system during all four seasons. www.wikwemikong.ca

Bridal Veil Falls

This trail is located on hwy 540 at the entrance to Kagawong. A picnic area at the top of the falls leads down to the base of the falls and the trail follows both sides of the stream to the bay. Take a dip in the falls and take the walking tour of the old town. Allow 1 to 2 hours.

Cup & Saucer

Located 18 kms west of Little Current, at the junction of Hwy 540 & Bidwell Road. 2 kms of dramatic 70 meter cliffs and breathtaking views, up to 12 kms of hiking trails and the 2km adventure trail. One of the most popular trails in Ontario. Anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours. No Overnight Camping on the property.Open May 15th – Thanksgiving Weekend – Daily from Dawn To Dusk

Gordon’s Park

Located on Highway 6 in Tehkummah. Enjoy a stroll through the diverse eco systems of Gordon’s Park in the heart of a hardwood forest. Observe and listen to the beauty of nature around the pond, up the escarpment, in the swamp and throughout the meadows. The hiking trails at Gordon’s Park are complimented by the Interpretive Centre with displays of mounted animals and informative Information Stations on mushrooms, edible wilds, fossils, trees, animal tracks and much more. www.gordonspark.com

Lewis Twins Peak Hiking Trail

This trail is in Sheguiandah and can be accessed from the east side of hwy 6 across from the Paradise Motel. 2 km in length and a relatively easy hike, the trail provides two spectacular views of Bass Lake and the North Channel. The lookouts are on Quartzite outcrops. Allow 1 – 1.5 hours.Open May 15th – Thanksgiving Weekend – Dawn to Dusk

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Maple Ridge Trails – hiking, skiing, snowshoeing

Located in Mindemoya, just 0.5 km west of Foodland on the north side of Hwy 542. Trailhead starts at the Community Living Manitoulin Offices. (6266 Highway 542, Mindemoya, ON)
These trails are on private land so a club system is in effect with insurance coverage. Day use fee is $2/child, $5/adult or $10/family. Trail maps are available at the sign in box. For frequent users, an annual single membership costs $30 and a annual group/family day use membership costs $38. These prices include the $18 that goes to Cross Country Canada & Cross Country Ski Ontario for insurance reasons. All annual group/family members need to sign in at the trailhead but there is no further fee. Due to insurance restrictions, no biking by the public is allowed. A convenient way to join the Club can be done on-line at zone4.ca. One just needs to type in “Maple Ridge” in the search window and the club info will ‘pop-up’.
The trails begin in an open field and then gently climb through maple forest onto a limestone ridge. There are views overlooking parts of Mindemoya and opportunities to see wildlife. Along the trails you can spot fossils, huge boulders (glacial erratics) and for the little ones, fairy homes. Interpretive and interactive stops along the way.
4 well marked trails with mild elevation changes. There is a paved portion of one of the trails with a picnic area. The main trail loop from the parking area and back is 1.5 km long. A further 2.2 km loop and two 0.5 km loops extend beyond the main loop. Depending on trail selection, give yourself 30 min. to 1.5 h.
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M’Chigeeng

The entrance is located behind the ball park off Hwy 551. Includes two trails, one along the bottom of the bluff and the other going to the very top. The Bear Caves and Fossil Rock Point are two spots of interest. They offer spectacular views of the North Channel. Allow 2 to 3 hours. Open 7 days a week 9am – 5 pm. Open May 15th – Thanksgiving Weekend – Dawn to Dusk

McLean’s Park

Located on New England side road, off Hwy 6 between Manitowaning and South Baymouth. This is a 100 acre park with about 3 km along the New England road features hiking trails based on ancient logging paths. Hardwood bush with some huge trees. This walk is about 1.5 hours.

Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve

Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve is a 860 hectare provincial park on the south shore of Manitoulin Island, a ten minute drive west of Evansville. There are two trails of about 5 kms and 4 km which feature mixed woodland, old beach ridges and rare alvars. Allow 2 to 4 hours. Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm www.manitoulin.com/misery-bay paulwyatt*personainternet.com

Mississagi Lighthouse

Located at the lighthouse near Meldrum Bay are several short trails that follow the craggy shoreline over flat limestone ledges, around enormous boulders and through rock fissures, Wildflowers and birds. The trails offer beautiful views of Lake Huron. Allow 1 to 2 hours. The Western Tip of Manitoulin, Meldrum Bay.

Sheshegwaning

Nimkees Hiking Trail North of Silver Water, off Hwy 540. the Sheshegwaning First Nations are developing a 20 km trail which can be enjoyed in several sections, some offering beautiful views of the North Channel. There is facilities for camping and picnicking. Maps are available at the Band office or the Gas/Convenience store at the beginning of the trail. Allow 3 to 6 hours.

Wagg’s Woods

Right off Mindemoya’s main street. Located directly across from the municipal office and library building. Moss climbs the cliffs which are part of the Niagara Escarpment. Watch for 15 different species of fern. Allow 1 hour.

Cycling on Manitoulin

Manitoulin Island’s picturesque back roads are popular with cyclists. Vehicle traffic is generally light, although cyclists are warned to let ferry traffic get well ahead of them on Highway 6, and to watch out for unique features like logging trucks, slow-moving farm vehicles, and the occasional cattle drive and yes, we have hills!
At least two require caution going down and considerable stamina going up. One Highway 6, at Ten Mile Point, the hill going south is 1620 m (5500 ft) long with a 5% grade. On Highway 540, the east side of the West Bay/M’Chigeeng hill is 900m (3000 ft) long with a 5 – 8% grade. Between West Bay and Kagawong there are four hills with an 8% grade of 300 m (900 ft), 360 m (100 ft), 423 m (1200 ft), and 540 m (1400 ft) respectively.

Cycling Trails

Gordon’s Park

Gordon’s Park in Tehkummah – four self guided bike tours that take you through country fields, over rivers, along shorelines and forested areas. B & B and Bike Tour Packages ranging from 20km to 50km, all beginning and ending at Gordon’s Park.
See our website at www.gordonspark.com
Right off Mindemoya’s main street. Located directly across from the municipal office and library building. Moss climbs the cliffs which are part of the Niagara Escarpment. Watch for 15 different species of fern. Allow 1 hour.www.facebook.com/gordonspark

McLean’s Park Mountain Bike Trails

Located on New England side road, off Hwy 6 between Manitowaning and South Baymouth. This is a 100 acre park with about 3 km along the New England road features hiking trails based on ancient logging paths. Hardwood bush with some huge trees. This walk is about 1.5 hours.

Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates (MICA)

Horse Back Riding & Trail Rides

Everybody loves a horse and there are several businesses on Manitoulin that cater to this fancy. Gentle horses and experienced trail guides will help you and your party spend a memorable hour or afternoon seeing lovely vistas from the advantage of horse-height.

Riding Stables

Kick Mule Ranch & Riding Stable

Established since 1993 – A Family owned Business. Offering 1-2-3- Hour Horseback Riding. Over night Rides with Breakfast & Steak dinner Around the Camp Fire. Petting Animals at the Ranch. 15 minute Pony rides for the Little ones. Day pass for kids 7-15 years of age from 10 till 4. Over night accomadations in either our Tipi or our comfortable Bunkie’s. Bringing your own Tent is also available. Great Western Ranch Experience for the whole family. We are located just 15 km. north of the Ferry at South Baymouth on Highway 6.
705-859-1234
williekmr*gmail.com
www.manitoulin-island.com/kmr
Willie Pegelo

Hunting

Manitoulin has excellent hunting for small game and waterfowl. Each year there are about 3,000 deer taken. The annual hunt is held Monday thru Sunday of the third week in November.
Bow season begins the first Saturday in October and continues to the Friday before the gun hunt.
Early in December, there is a three day black powder season and extended archery hunt.
For more information call the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-461-0125

Fishing

Manitoulin has an abundance of fishing. There are many fishing holes all over the island. If fishing off a pier or the shoreline isn’t to your liking then there are several charters specializing in downrigging for salmon or just a leisure cruise around the lakes.
For more information on licenses or limits please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources office at 705-869-1330 or Toll Free 1-800-387-7011

Fishing & Yacht Charters

Canadian Yacht Charters

30 Water Street, Gore Bay, Ontario P0P 1H0
Ken & Pam Blodgett
(705)282-0185
1(800)565-0022
info*cynorth.com
www.cycnorth.com

Screamin Reels Charters

South Baymouth, Ontario P0P 1Z0
(705)507-1905
(705)920-1017
screaminreels.ca
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Golfing

Golf is a very important holiday pastime on Manitoulin, hosted by three excellent courses. Manitoulin Island offers 3 golf courses for your playing pleasure.
Gore Bay – Manitoulin Island Country Club
Manitowaning – Rainbow Ridge
Mindemoya – Brookwood Brae Golf Course
Gore Bay Golf Driving Range – 12218 Highway 540, Gore Bay
Gordon’s Park, north of Tehkummah on Hwy 6 – offers an 18-hole Mini Golf Course

Golf Courses

Brookwood Brae Golf Course

Mindemoya’s Brookwood Brae Golf Course, established in 1964, has the distinction of being Manitoulin’s first golf course. It is family owned and operated by the Seabrooks. This challenging 9 hole, par 36 course on Lake Mindemoya’s Ketchankookem Trail boasts a fully licenced course with air conditioned clubhouse. Pro shop. Club and cart rentals.
John & Cheryl Seabrook
Old Highway 551, 399 Ketchankookem Trail, Mindemoya, Ontario P0P 1S0
(705)377-4979
seabrook*xplornet.com
www.manitoulin-island.com/brookwoodbrae

Manitoulin Island Country Club

Manitoulin Island Country Club is located in a pastoral setting just 1 km south of Gore Bay on Hwy 542. The 9 hole, par 36 course is set on rolling terrain with treed fairways. There is water, (two ponds), on the course which also features 3 sets of keys, (yellow, white and red). Golfing at Manitoulin Island Country Club is ‘open’. There is a licenced clubhouse, a restaurant and a small pro shop. Power and pull carts and club rentals available.
25 Golf Course Rd., P.O. Box 387, Gore Bay, Ontario P0P 1H0
705-282-2282
www.manitoulinislandcountryclub.com

Rainbow Ridge Golf Course

Located mid-way between Manitoulin’s oldest communities, the Rainbow Ridge Golf Course allows you and your family to explore the rich heritage of the Manitowaning and Wikwemikong communities while enjoying a day on this 18 hole championship course. The course features nine challenging water holes as well as large greens and several sand traps. After a game, visitors are invited to relax in the fully licenced, onsite, Ridges Restaurant. Club and cart rentals are available.
Box 96, Wikwemikong, ON P0P 2J0
(705)859-2990
1-888-959-6372
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www.rainbowridgegolf.com

Gordon’s Park – Mini-Golf

This 18-hole mini golf course weaves its way through the natural terrain of a shaded cedar grove.
Terry & Rita Gordon
18777, Hwy 6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0
(705)859-2470
1-866-459-2470
rita*gordonspark.com
www.gordonspark.com

The works of Manitoulin artists and artisans can be viewed and purchased at Island galleries, studios and gift shops. During the summer there are many exhibitions and art shows held throughout the Manitoulin and North Shore areas.

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Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation was created to preserve and revitalize the language, culture, arts, spirituality and traditions of the Anishinaabe People of the Mnidoo Mnising. We dedicate ourselves to nurturing the expression of Anishnaabe culture in all forms, so our art, language, stories, songs and teachings flourish now and remain strong for future generations.
15 Highway 551 (Corner of Highways 551 & 540)
M’Chigeeng, Ontario Canada

(705)377-4902
www.ojibweculture.ca
info@ojibweculture.ca
www.facebook.com/ojibweculturalfoundation

In a lovely, shaded park-like setting, Perivale Gallery is bicycle friendly. Celebrating our 31st season

Perivale Gallery

On the southeastern shore of Lake Kagawong. From Spring Bay follow Perivale Road East. Perivale houses some of Ontario and Manitoulin’s finest works of art. Open weekends from the May holiday until mid-June; then daily until mid-September. Our hours are 10am-5pm.
Shannon McMullan welcomes you.
(705)377-4847
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www.perivalegallery.com

Hettmann Studio

West of Spring Bay off Hwy. 542. Signs to Dominion Bay. Ursula Hettmann displays her own one-of-a-kind jewelry and special fashion items. Also works by other local artists. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
(705)377-4625
hettmannstudios*lincsat.com
www.hettmannstudio.com

Manitoulin Museums

Manitoulin has a rich history and offers several museums in each part of the Island. As you journey around Manitoulin be sure to visit our museums and relive our rich history.

Manitoulin Museums

Assiginack Museum

Originally built as a lock-up in the 1850s, the museum contains a range of artifacts from the lives of early settlers in the area and is home to an impressive and expanding collection of antique glassware, porcelain and pottery. The museum grounds feature a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and barn.
Manitowaning, Ontario
Contact Jeanette Allen
(705)859-3905
Open from June till October daily 10 am to 5 pm

The Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah

The museum projects the life and times of the pioneers who settled here after the Manitoulin Treaty of 1862. Also displayed are artifacts from the prehistoric quarry, as well as the wreckage of a mail plane which was associated with President Roosevelts 1943 wartime visit to the area. Each summer the museum curator presents a busy agenda of art exhibitions, workshops and lectures.
Sheguiandah, Ontario
(705)368-2367
Open from May to October daily 10 am to 4:30 pm

Gore Bay Museum

The property was originally a jailhouse/jailer’s residence, now it is converted to represent the history of early settlers with exquisite displays which will take you back in time. A newer addition to the museum hosts mesmerizing art exhibits. The museum also has a variety of books on current exhibits, fossils and boating. This building is located a 5 minute walk from the marina.
Gore Bay, Ontario
(705)282-2040
Open from May to October daily 10 am to 4 pm

Little School House Museum

Informs about the community’s early fishing days through displays and artifacts and features one of the Island’s pioneer one-room schools.
South Baymouth, Ontario
Contact Bryan Gleason
(705)859-2344
Open from May to mid October daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm 

Net Shed Museum

Located in a building once used by fisherman to repair and store their nets, the museum is a tribute to the area’s marine heritage.
Meldrum Bay, Ontario
(705)282-2040
Open from June to Mid August Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sundays 11 am to 4 pm

The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Spirit Island Museum

The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Spirit Island Museum features exhibits on Anishnaabek history, custom, cultural practices and belief. From ancient scrolls to recent history, the Spirit Island Museum presents unique and culturally authentic interpretations of the Anishnaabek experience. Visitors can also see the timeless and beautiful heritage art forms of skilled Anishinaabek artisans including, porcupine quill boxes, ash and sweet grass baskets and antler carvings.
15 Highway 551 (Corner of Highways 551 & 540)
M’Chigeeng, Ontario Canada
(705)377-4902 www.ojibweculture.ca 

Pioneer Park

Access Pioneer Park off Hwy 551 through a covered footbridge and visit the reconstructed pioneer log home, barn and hiking trails.
Off Highway 551, Mindemoya, Ontario
(705)377-5726
Open from June to September Tuesday to Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm

S.S. Norisle Heritage Park

Located at the Manitowaning waterfront. Home to a nineteenth century grist mill and the Burns Wharf Theatre. Park includes docks, boat launch, change rooms and a great sand beach. Resting in permanent dockage is the S.S. Norisle, the last passenger steamship to be built in Canada after WWII. Recently, the Friends of the Norisle organization has taken on the task of restoring the vessel to its former glory.

Old Mill Heritage Centre and Post Office Museum

Located in the lower part of the village of Kagawong, the Old Mill houses many artifacts that pertain to the history of Billings township. The Post Office Museum houses historical items that date back to the turn of the 20th century. Both museums feature historical photographs that document the evolution of Billings Township. Seasonal hours of operation: 10am-4pm,
For more information contact Curator Rick Nelson,
705-282-1442
oldmillheritage*billingstwp.ca
Box 34 Kagawong, Ontario P0P 1J0
Admission is free but donations are welcome.