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A continuation of the Niagara Escarpment, Manitoulin Island is strikingly different from the harsh gray 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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