Located along Highway 6 on the south eastern shore of Manitoulin, Manitowaning was founded in 1836 as a centre of education for the Island’s First Nations people. This quaint town, which boasts a population of about 900, is part of the Assiginack Township, which encompasses Bass Creek, Bidwell, Clover Valley, Eagles Nest, Hilly Grove, The Slash, Squirrel Town, and Vanzant’s Point. Manitowaning is home to the well known De-Ba-Jeh-Mu-Jig Theatre group as well as the famous S.S. Norisle, which remains permanently docked in the harbour as a tourist attraction. The town and its surrounding areas have a grocery store, restaurants, a pharmacy, a bank, a medical clinic, resorts, a golf course, B&Bs, several campgrounds, a licensing depot, a motel, and other retail stores. It is the last stop en route to Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, and is home to the famous “Summer fest” festival held in July. This event features a “smash-up derby” and many other activities that are fun for the whole family.