Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island

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. 

Map of Manitoulin Island

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.

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Things to do on Manitoulin Island

Learn about Indigenous culture

Learn about local Indigenous history and traditions on a guided canoe tour or spirit walk or at a Pow Wow.

Hike to a lookout

Named for the area’s unique rock formations, the popular Cup and Saucer Trail leads to one of the most spectacular lookouts on the island. 

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

Relax on the beach and go swimming at Providence Bay Beach, known for its crystal-clear waters and white sand. Restaurants and other amenities are located nearby.

Sleep under the stars

Manitoulin Island offers numerous family-friendly camping options including Manitoulin Eco Park, a designated Dark Sky Preserve nestled in a hardwood forest that allows overnight stays.

Attend a festival

Experience Anishinaabe arts, crafts, dance and cuisine at the annual Wiikwemkoong Annual Cultural Festival.

Last updated: April 11, 2024

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