Hiking & Cycling

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 20kms west of Little Current, on Hwy 540. 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

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.

Noble Nature Trail

(1.1km)
This trail runs up and along the east bluff. A couple of rest stations are available at lookouts along the trail.

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

Auberge Inn International Hostel

Auberge Inn International Hostel in Providence Bay rents bicycles and kayaks by the hour or for the day.
Take advantage of some of our cycling packages and ride Manitoulin’s most picturesque roads. See our website at www.aubergeinn.ca/bikeskayaks/

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)