Manitoulin Island

Explore Manitoulin Island

Come be a Haweater for a day… We would love to welcome you to Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world!

The natural beauty of Manitoulin Island is evident throughout all its 2800 square km (it’s a big island!).  We have 108 inland lakes on the island and many of those lakes have islands in them as well.  Steeped in history, Manitoulin has evidence of inhabitants since shortly after the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago.

Fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, camping, swimming, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding, and a whole lot more can be found throughout Manitoulin Island.  The fall colours make the island a gorgeous destination in the months of September and October. In the fall you can see sandhill cranes, turtles, experience the salmon run, and deer. Paired with the bird and wildlife migrations we are an ideal destination for your fall vacation.

Getting to the Island

Manitoulin Island is accessible by water and land. There is a swing bridge connecting to the island in Little Current and the popular Chi-Cheemaun Ferry passage.

Chi-Cheemaun Ferry (the big canoe) runs from the southern end of Manitoulin Island, in South Baymouth, to Tobermory, which is on the north point of the Bruce Peninsula.

With 4 sailings daily in the summer months, and 2 in the off season (3 on Fridays), it is a splendid way to make your way to Manitoulin Island.  You can take a break from driving and enjoy the fantastic views on deck, have a bite to eat in the restaurant, or just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Gordon’s Park is centrally located on Manitoulin Island, we are within a 30 minute drive to most of the major towns on the island and only 13 minutes from the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Docks!

Rita’s Picks

When you stay with us at Gordon’s Park, we will give you a map which includes information on all sorts of things to see and do around the island. We call these Rita’s Picks, the must-experience hot spots on Manitoulin, both tourist destinations and lesser known gems. Throughout the summer months, there are Pow Wows happening most weekends including one of Canada’s largest Native Cultural Events held just a few minutes down the road over the long weekend in August.

Get a Head Start on Planning

Ontario Ferries – Chi Cheemaun

Manitoulin Tourism Association