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
- 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
- four courts at Manitoulin
Secondary School in West Bay (M'Chigeeng).
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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/