Manitoulin Island is a very special place. Nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes region, Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. Locally known in Ojibwe as “Spirit Island”, it has four main rivers: the Kagawong, Manitou, Blue Jay Creek and Mindemoya, each providing spawning grounds for trout and salmon.
Visitors to the island will find many opportunities to camp, hike, fish or swim at a variety of beautiful beaches along the shores of Lake Huron.
Home to six Anishinaabe First Nations communities, Manitoulin has a rich Indigenous culture.
Where is Manitoulin Island?
Manitoulin Island is approximately a two-hour drive from Sudbury via the Little Current Swing Bridge. The island can also be reached by the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry with service from Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula.
Geographically, the island separates the larger part of Lake Huron from Georgian Bay to the east, and the North Channel to the north. It is best explored by car or motorcycle.
Things to do on Manitoulin Island
Hike to a lookout
Walk behind a waterfall
Hike down to into Bridal Veil Falls and take in all the different views of the this 11-metre waterfall, including from behind the cascade. Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic at the top of the falls or go for a swim at the bottom.
Spend the day at a beach
Sleep under the stars
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Last updated: August 23, 2023