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Golf

 

Tennis

There are a total of 12 public courts on Manitoulin Island:

  • two courts at the Little Current-Howland Recreation Centre on Highway 6 South, just outside Little Current
  • two courts in Manitowaning beside the arena and near the race track
  • two courts in Mindemoya behind the Community Centre
  • two courts on the Gore Bay waterfront
  • four courts at Manitoulin Secondary School in West Bay (M'Chigeeng).

 

Cycling

Manitoulin Island's picturesque back roads are popular with cyclists.

Explore Magazine lists Manitoulin as "one of the 50 top trips in Canada".

Vehicle traffic is generally light, although cyclists are warned to let ferry traffic get well ahead of them on Highway 6, and to watch out for unique features like logging trucks, slow-moving farm vehicles, and the occasional cattle drive.

For information on Manitoulin cycling package tours, contact Bike Manitoulin.

BBay offers four self-guided bike tours that take you through country fields, over rivers, along shorelines and forested areas with a short history and other stories about the geography and the people of the area you are touring through.  Bike Tour Packages range from 20km to 50km, all beginning and ending at BBay.

 

Archery

An excellent 3-D and FITA archery range with targets strategically placed on a scenic nature trail is located at Gordon's Park on Hwy 6 just north of Hwy 542 in Tehkummah.

Manitoulin Archers Club has periodic meets and shoots at their range near Mindemoya. For details on upcoming competitions you may contact Jim Smith at (705)377-4013.

There is also the 3-D Taxidermy Exhibit and Archery course off the Government Road, just 20 km. from BBay.
 

Water Activities

Whatever water activities you enjoy - fishing, canoeing, water-skiing, wind-surfing, swimming or just beachcombing - there's always the chance to pursue them on Manitoulin Island.

As an island, of course, Manitoulin is surrounded by water and the island itself contains perhaps 100 lakes including the three largest ones: Manitou, Kagawong and Mindemoya. On Manitoulin, most of the shoreline is publicly-owned, controlled by the local municipality or, in the case of unorganized townships (townships without local councils), by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

On most lakes, the shoreline is easily reached from public roads running to or alongside the water. If you would like to do some canoeing or kayaking on Manitoulin's lakes, the North Channel or Killarney Provincial Park but do not have your own gear there are several outfitters who will rent you the necessary equipment.

Many communities have improved their shorelines by providing sandy swimming beaches, boat ramps and picnic spots. There are public docks at all the larger ports, and waterfront resorts maintain beaches and boating facilities for their guests.

Boardwalks in Gore Bay and Providence Bay make the waterfront easily accessible for all, including those who use wheelchairs. Little Current boasts the well-developed beach and park area, Low Island Park.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has provided picnic areas at a number of popular Island beauty spots including Ten Mile Point off Highway 6 between Little Current and Manitowaning; two locations on Lake Mindemoya, east and west of the village; Bridal Veil Falls on Highway 540 in Kagawong; and Indian Point Bridge on Highway 540 near Evansville. Each of these spots includes picnic tables, now able to be used by persons in wheel-chairs, parking spaces and privies.
 

Hiking, Birding, & Fossils by Friends of Misery Bay

The Friends of Misery Bay organize special spring, summer and fall events for the entertainment of people of all ages. Participation is open to the general public and has been increasing steadily over the past few years.

FOMB Chair Doreen Bailey expects that there will be a repeat of the very popular Millennium Big Step Challenge, a well-documented hike across The Narrows, as well as the Sandhill Crane Staging excursion. FOMB also anticipates that regional park planner Will Kershaw, entomologist Dr. Henri Goulet, fossil expert Betty Eley, well-known Manitoulin birder Terry Land, and many other talented experts will participate in walks, tours and excursions that are as much fun as they are informative. Events are advertised in Island papers and other media, as well as at the FOMB Internet site www.manitoulin.com/misery-bay

 

De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group

Formed in 1986, De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group is the longest continuously operating Canadian Native American theatre touring groups.  Situated on Wilwemikong Unceded Indian Reservation, Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, “Debaj” is committed to presenting and training in the theatre arts and related disciplines to remote and isolated communities. For more information, visit their website at http://www.debaj.ca/ 

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