Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada is an adventure and cultural destination located in Rainbow Country of Northeastern Ontario.
Manitoulin Island, Ontario is the largest fresh water island in the world! To the west of the island is the Georgian Bay. To the south is Lake Huron. And to the north is the North Channel.
And the island also boosts an additional 100+ fresh water lakes for adventure and relaxation. The largest being Kagawong, Mindemoya and Manitou. Many of the major lakes are equipped with public docks & sandy beaches. The main communities provide marinas with services.
The island is also home to the traditions of many cultures including the "Anishnawbek" (Ojibwe, Odawa & Pottawatomi First Nation people).
To the "Anishnawbek" people Manitoulin Island is referred to as "Mnidoo Mnis" meaning the "Isle of the Spirit."
North Manitoulin Island is accessed via a bridge in the community of Little Current. South Manitoulin Island is accessed via a ferry service located in South Baymouth.
Throughout the island are many smaller villages - eight being First Nation villages. Each is within easy access of shorelines, inland lakes, islands, sandy beaches, parks, hiking trails, attractions and sightseeing opportunities.
The services which are important to travelers on the island include accommodations (inns, resorts, lodges, cottages, cabins, motels, campgrounds, B&Bs) and museums, banks, gift shops, retail shops, art studios, tours, guides, attractions, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants (no chain food restaurants) and marinas with docks, boat launches, gas, and showers.
Some villages provide services some do not. Please plan ahead when traveling the island for available services in each village.
During the summer months the most popular activities include hiking, golfing, swimming, windsurfing, sightseeing, touring, cycling, horseback riding, boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, off roading, mountain biking, boating, sailing and fishing.
In the winter months, after the snow has fallen and the lakes and rivers freeze over, the activities enjoyed in the area include snowmobiling, ice fishing and xc skiing. You may have to bring your own equipment.