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26 Best Things to Do in Manitoulin Island In 2023

Top things to do in Manitoulin Island

Located in Northern Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. There are many things to do in Manitoulin Island from learning about First Nation heritage on the Great Spirit Circle Trail to enjoying the beauty of Lake Huron, here are the best ideas to help you plan your trip.

Things to Do In Manitoulin Island

Just think of exploring 2766 km2 (1167 square miles) of pristine landscape. Part of the Niagara Escarpment, Manitoulin Island offers some amazing nature experiences, incredible hiking trails, cultural experiences, and more. Here are our top picks for what you can’t miss when visiting Manitoulin Island. 

1. Hike Cup and Saucer Trail

manitoulin island cup and saucer trail lookout
The view from the trail on Manitoulin Island

One of the greatest adventures to be had on Manitoulin Island is to hike the Cup and Saucer trail. The Cup and Saucer hiking trail is the quintessential hike of Manitoulin Island. Heck, it’s one of the Quintessential hikes in all of Ontario! It starts in a parking lot off the main road, and within a couple of hundred meters (600 feet or so) the steep rocky climb begins. Beginner hikers may find it challenging, but stick with it, the payoff is worth the climb up roots, over boulders, and through the muddy trail after a rainy night. We didn’t expect the views to be so staggering.

The main trail is approximately 4 kilometers long, with an additional 2 kilometers of side trails, including the popular Adventure Trail that takes hikers along narrow cliff edges and through unique rock formations.

Best things to do in Manitoulin Island Cu and Saucer Trail

Climbing up to the second lookout took us up 70 meters (210 feet). The star of the show is the overhanging rock plunging into the valley below. Looking over the escarpment, lakes, and wetlands is a sight that will take your breath away. We could have spent hours taking photographs of the view.

The trailhead for the Cup and Saucer Trail is located on Highway 540, approximately 18 kilometers west of Little Current. The trailhead and parking lot are on the north side of the highway, and there are signs marking the entrance. The physical address is 9110 Highway 540, Sheguiandah, ON P0P 1W0, Canada.

2. Great Spirit Circle Trail

Best things to do in in Manitoulin Island Great Spirit Circle Trail
First Nation Drum Ceremonial Dance

We highly recommend taking a tour with the Great Spirit Circle Trail You can hike this on your own, or take a tour. You will learn about native flora and fauna and local customs and legends of the First Nations people.  It is one of the best…

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