Manitoulin Island is home to 12 000 Haweaters (no, they’re not giant man-eating creatures! they’re Manitoulin-born residents) and a myriad of other quirky/mythical named streets and buildings; all owing to its Paleo-Indian, Archaic roots. It is the largest freshwater island, which comprises of 108 other lakes and mini-islands.  Manitoulin has a sizeable native Indian populace, which has contributed to the face and feel of the place significantly.
Eight of the local First Nations communities have collaborated to form the Great Spirit Circle Trail [Junction of Hwy 551 and 540 M'Chigeeng, +1 7053774404 ], which provides island tours; most stopping at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation [M"Chigeeng, Ontario, +1 7053774902 , ad/ch $7.90/5.25] – a museum of native Indian culture and legends. Manitoulin is also home to the unique Church of the Immaculate Conception [+1 7053774985], a centre of worship built like a tepee or campfire, to signify the circle of life. They’re many natural sites that allow you to get active, such as the Cup and Saucer Trail (a 12km hiking trail that takes you to the highest point in the island), the Bridal Veil Falls (as the name suggests, it is a white, splashy falls which you can swim in) and Providence Bay (the island’s largest beach). Whilst there, you can revel in Manitoulin’s celebratory Powwow [Wikwemikong Heritage Organization 64-3 Beach Rd Wikwemikong +1 7058592385 ], which features dances, competitions and many other native Indian activities.

Arrival: Manitoulin Island is surrounded by the Georgian Bay, Lake Huron and the North Channel. Ferries link to South Baymouth at the south and cars enter the island via the Little Current Bridge at the north.  There’s no land public transportation to the island; however, you can arrive via the MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry from Bruce Peninsula, mid-May to mid-October [1 8002653163/+1 7058593161 ] .