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A continuation of the Niagara Escarpment, Manitoulin Island is strikingly different from the harsh grey rocks of the Canadian Shield.

With white cliffs, more than 100 freshwater lakes, gentle woods and open farmland, Manitoulin offers considerably contrasting scenery.

First Nations culture

Manitoulin means 'spirit island' in the Ojibwe language and today a quarter of the inhabitants are First Nations belonging to the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples. Every August, Manitoulin Island hosts Canada's largest pow-wow, a splendid celebration of native culture. Smaller pow-wows take place throughout the summer and First Nations guided touring is a highlight for any visitor.

The island attracts not only summer sailors, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts but also archaeologists who have discovered a 10,000 year old Paleo-Indian site. At any time of year the ‘Cup and Saucer’ walking trail provides spectacular views over the island.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Manitoulin Island

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Manitoulin Island, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Manitoulin Island

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    Places near Manitoulin Island

    Accommodation choices for Manitoulin Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Manitoulin Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre, Manitoulin Island

      Manitoulin Hotel

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      The Manitoulin Hotel offers comfortable, modern rooms with touches of First Nation décor. Its waterfront location, just 15 minutes from the nearby town of Little Currant, makes it a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding area.