Onsite Activities at Manitoulin Eco Park (formerly Gordon’s Park)
Our goal at Gordon’s Park is to keep things fun, educational and eco-friendly. We have a great selection of onsite activities located at the Park that are sure to add some excitement to your day and keep the kids busy. We have mini-putt, an interpretive centre and nature hikes, a playground, gift store and self-guided tours that start and end at Gordon’s Park. Some of these onsite activities come included with overnight accommodations whereas others you can add to your vacation package as you please or are great for day visitors. In future seasons we anticipate being able to offer the solar heated pool (closed to the public in 2021 due to Covid protocols) and archery.
Join us at Gordon’s Park for 2 for 1 Mini Putt on our eighteen hole miniature golf course every Tuesday throughout the summer, from June- August. The course weaves its way through the natural terrain of a shaded cedar grove. Players shoot around 3D animals, rocks, through tree trunks and down tunnels creating a variety of interesting and challenging putts.
Overnight guests pay once for unlimited use
Interpretive Centre & Hiking Trails
In our nature centre, we have wildlife displays of a variety of species, including bears, wolves, owls, fish, and plenty more. Our fossil wall showcases unique fossils collected from around the property, as well as minerals, and oddities and objects in nature. Our astronomy wall holds information on planets, the northern lights, constellations and more, as well as showing off some of the amazing astrophotography photos that have been taken in the park. The nature center perfectly compliments the hiking trails that wind through the property. Read More…
Enjoy hiking through the diverse ecosystems of Gordon’s Park in the heart of a hardwood forest. Observe and listen to the beauty of nature around the pond, up the escarpment, in the swamp, and throughout the meadows. Watch for wildlife viewing opportunities – local species include various songbirds, hawks, partridges, deer, porcupines, foxes, and wolves.
Gordon’s Park is fortunate to house a prehistoric fossil reef from 450,000,000 years ago, filled with specimens from a variety of different corals and undersea critters from that time period. See fossils such as invertebrate corals [tabulates (colonial) and rugose (solitary)], stromatoporoids, bryozoans, and echinoderms (crinoids), molluscs (nautiloids, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods), brachiopods, echinoderms (crinoids), and more on the ancient reef in the park. Read More…
No fee for overnight guests
Solar Heated Swimming Pool – CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC IN 2021 DUE TO COVID PROTOCOLS
*** OUR POOL WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE 2021 SEASON DUE TO COVID PROTOCOLS ***
A limited number of special needs children who live at the Eco Park have special permission to use the pool as part of their prescribed therapeutic regimen.
Another one of our onsite activities is our unique playground featuring tractor tire swings, a play house, slides, slack line and ninja course! In addition, there’s lots of green space for games.
Use of the playground is complimentary for overnight guests.
At Gordon’s Park we have a gift store attached to our main office. The store showcases a variety of items made by local Manitoulin artisans, such as paintings, soap, cards, photography, glassware, and more. Also in the store are Gordon’s Park branded items for sale, toys and items for children, ice, snacks, firewood and basic camping items.
Stay with us and we will provide you with free self-guided bike tours that feature four unique routes around Manitoulin Island. These routes will take you through country fields, over rivers, along shorelines, and through beautiful forested areas. Our bike tours range from 20km to 44km and all begin and end at Gordon’s Park. We are a proud member of Ontario By Bike
Gordon’s Park has recorded over 70 different species of birds on our birdwatching checklist, 30 of which are confirmed breeders in the park. In addition, the park has two birds, the American Woodcock and the Great Gray Owl, which are noted as Ontario Birds of Special Interest by the Province of Ontario.
There are 314 species of birds to which Manitoulin Island (Pelee Island of the North) plays host throughout the year. Stay with us and we’ll provide you with a self-guided birdwatching tour that begins and ends at Gordon’s Park and highlights many of the birding hot spots outside of Gordon’s Park on Manitoulin Island.
Interested in fishing. We can provide you with our Parks’ fishing brochure. Manitoulin Island is an angler’s paradise. Our map highlights different fishing spots throughout the island. We can also provide you with information on various charters available.