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Top six things to do while walking barefoot in Manitoulin Island, Canada

By Buvaneshwari Gopinath - August 8, 2020
Manitoulin Island

The Manitoulin Island is located on the Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. This Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. Ever thought of exploring a pristine landscape with hundreds of lakes? which you would experience here in Manitoulin Island? It’s a small island where you can walk along the boardwalk and have ice-cream. Or do fishing in your pyjamas with your kids. You can take a canoe ride with your loved one at the time of sunset. Or share your childhood stories sitting around a campfire. Likewise, there are tons of beautiful things to do in Manitoulin Island. It’s a part of the Niagara Escarpment and the island offers many breathtaking nature experiences. Below is a list of things to do in Manitoulin Island.

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Manitoulin Island
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If you are thinking of how you can get to Manitoulin Island, it is just six hours drive from Toronto. There is also another way to reach the Island. Take the Chi Cheemaun ferry from the month of May to October. Just a two-hour drive from there will you will reach South Baymouth. There are many other things that are not to be missed while visiting Manitoulin Island which we have mentioned below.

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Things to do in Manitoulin Island

1. Hike through the great spirit circle trail

Planning to immerse in Innishanabe Culture? Then, we highly recommend the Great Spirit Circle Trail. You can either hike on your own or take a guided tour. By visiting the place you can learn about the native flora, fauna and even local customs. Also, you can get information about the legends of the First Nations people. If you happen to love cultural travel, it is one of the best experiences you can ever have in Canada. While visiting Manitoulin Island, never forget to check out the visitor’s centre to know everything about the Great Spirit Circle Trail experiences.

2. Horse riding at Manitoulin

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Go back to the past by horseback riding on Manitoulin Island. Or try camping on the island to spend the entire night by stargazing. When you are riding on Manitoulin Island it is always fun and very challenging. If you like to have a real rustic experience take the horseriding trip.

3. Dip in the Bridal Veil Fall

When you are visiting the most suggested Bridal Veil Falls on the island, you will fall in love with its scenic beauty. It is one of the most attractive places for tourists travelling to Manitoulin Island. Just take a right off the road and after a short walk down the metal stairs that are well maintained find the perfect spot for a dip. The kids will love to play under the falls and where you can go behind them to take beautiful photographs. It is better if you arrive early as the place is very popular and hence it always remains crowded. Here is a quick tip, plan a trip to the falls late in the afternoon as the falls remain relatively free. 

4. Memorial trail of Bebamikawe

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If you are an outdoor person, then visiting Manitoulin is the best getaway spot for you. Like the Iconic Cup and Saucer Trail hikes, there are several other hikes that you can do on the island. You can burn some good amount of calories by doing it. If you would like to take the less travelled trail then there is the Bebamikawe Memorial Trail which is lesser-known and not so popular. The distance of the trail is 14 km hike. Put on your trekking shoes and you are ready to go!

5. Enjoy a meal at the Old School House

The Old Schoolhouse is a fine dining restaurant that is located in Providence Bay and is constructed like an old one-room schoolhouse. How about going back to the 18th century to enjoy the dining experience? The theme of the restaurant is so relaxing with soft lighting and music, where you can spend a perfect evening. The place is owned by Chef Greg Niven who moved to Manitoulin Island along with his wife Heather back in 1996 after mastering his skills in Toronto. At a reasonable price, the French-inspired menu offers a classic touch to your dining experience in Manitoulin. And never miss tasting the mouth-watering B52 Creme Brulee. Be an early bird or reserve a table here as the Old Schoolhouse is on a huge demand. A vacation can’t end without a good meal, right?

6. Paddle the North Channel

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Paddle the North Channel under the full moonlight. Dreamy, isn’t it? While you plan to paddle, make sure to visit Manitoulin Island at the right time of the month. When you are late and if you miss the full moon or when the weather is also bit rough there is a change in plan. Head to the Otter Lake where you can canoe under the stars with the Aboriginal Guide Falcon. At the Otter Lake, you can check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to make sure that the stream is open to the public. There is also a Fishing Chart where you can get to know when the fish will be most active.

Canoeing is a must-try when you are visiting Canada. When you are booking a trip through the Great Spirit Circle Trail, you can get a chance to canoe with an expert. You can also hear some information about the vessel where the First Nations was introduced to the early European explorers and fur traders. 

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