Thursday, May 23, 2013

Places to Stay & Things to Do on Manitoulin Island this Summer #ManitoulinSpotlight

With the MS Chi Cheemaun sailing again and the everyone celebrating the unofficial start of Summer, you're now ready to plan on your amazing Manitoulin Island Summer vacation. Right?

I'm not lying when I say that Mantioulin Island is truly a magical place.  I left Toronto in 2004 and fell in love with the Island. I've been living here for almost 10 years and love living here. Plus, being close to so many stunning beaches and lakes is pretty sweet (especially in the Summer)!

Places to Stay & Things to Do on Manitoulin Island this Summer

Manitoulin Island is known as an outdoor haven for those who enjoy hiking, cycling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The Island is also fabulous for those interested in visiting museums, art galleries, farmers' markets and local shops.


There are many places to stay on the Island. Here are but a few of the places my friends and family have stayed at:
Manitoulin Inn
Turtle Creek
Auberge Inn
Buckhorn Motel
Gordon's Park
Big Buck Cottages
Hutchinson's Cabins
Meldrum Bay Inn
Manitoulin Resort
Timberlane Rustic Cottages
Fred's Camp
Sunset Bay Resort
Black Rock Resort
Rock Garden Terrace Resort
Southbay Guest House
Paradise Motel
Tehkummah Tipis

For a complete list of accommodations, visit the Our Manitoulin site.

Places to eat

Pizzeria in South Baymouth
The Roosteraunt
The Musky Widow
Carol and Earl's 

Many more places to eat -  Head over to for more eateries!


Providence Bay beach
Bridal Veil Falls
Cup and Saucer hiking trails
Gordon's Park Eco-Resort (stargazing, interpretive centre, edible wilds tour, and more)
Kicking Mule Ranch
Rainbow Ridge Golf Course
Farmer's Markets
South Baymouth


You'll want to know where to get all your necessities while on vacation. You can find gas stations in Little Current, Sheguiandah, Manitowaning, South Baymouth, Tehkummah, Mindemoya, West Bay, Kagawong, Gore Bay, etc.  When coming off the ferry, your first gas station is the Shell gas station/Carl's Trading Post. The gas station at the north end of the Island (not too far from the Swing Bridge) is in Little Current.

Need groceries? Little Current and Gore Bay have Valu-Mart. There's a Freshmart in Manitowaning, and Foodland in Mindemoya and Little Current. There are also smaller stores that carry basic groceries in many of the townships.

There are I.D.A. and Guardian locations if you need a stop at a pharmacy. The stores are fully stocked with everything you need from sunscreen, cosmetics, baby and feminine products, allergy meds, etc. The gift sections also have a great selection of items. Little Current, Manitowaning, Mindemoya, Gore Bay all have pharmacies should you need to purchase any necessities there.

For a complete list of Island Businesses, click here.


My "Go-To" site for all things Manitoulin is Our Manitoulin. Local events, accommodations, business links, and everything you need to know are all listed on the website.

Other sites to peruse for planning your Manitoulin vacation are: Manitoulin Tourism, Manitoulin Island, Manitoulin Island Cottage Rentals,

If you're planning on visiting beautiful Manitoulin Island, there are many things to see and do! Be prepared to be amazed by the white sand beach at Providence Bay and the crystal clear, turquoise water of the many lakes on the Island.

Manitoulin hospitality awaits!

Ferry information can be found here.

Watch for my #ManitoulinSpotlight posts. I'll be featuring a different Manitoulin business every Monday beginning next week!


Anonymous said...

I would also add the Bayside Resort in Wikwemikong. And as attractions, Wikwemikong Tourism has hiking trails and campgrounds adjacent to Killarney park. In addition, Kings Bay Beach in Wikwemikong is pretty lovely.
Finally, the new hotel has opened up in Little Current and is available for bookings :)

Anonymous said...

Oops, also Rainbow Ridge Golf Course, and Ridges restaurant at the golf course, and green acres offers home cooked meals as well.

Christine McN said...

Thanks so much for including those! I will be adding places every Monday for my #ManitoulinSpotlight posts!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the work you do to promote the Manitoulin Experience Christine, we at Gordon's Park really appreciate it:) Thanks neighbour, maybe this year we'll get a pool swim in eh? Terry said our pool was 78 degrees today!

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Our whirl-wind tour last summer was so much fun and adventure. It was a high-light of the summer for both the kids and I.

So, thankful that I got to know you through blogging!

caninecologne said...

Great post C! Reminds me of the fun times we had in summer 2010 and last year! We had the greatest time with you and your family on the island! I miss the butter tarts from Mum's! TC misses the Kicking Mule Ranch! There are so many cool things to see and do in your beautiful island. Thanks for making our trips so memorable!

Heather N said...

Your home looks like a wonderful place to visit... seeing a lighthouse would make me much less homesick :)

Heather N said...

Your home looks like a wonderful place to visit... seeing a lighthouse would make me much less homesick :)

ginette4 said...

Oh please add my nephew's restaurant on your list..Buoys Eatery in Gore Bay, it's by the water also has an outdoor patio..great pizza :)

merinz said...

Makes me want to hop on a plane and go travelling asap!

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