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Winter Sports on Manitoulin

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Cross-country Skiing
Snow Shoeing
Skiing & Ecology by the Friends of Misery Bay
Ice Fishing

Ice Skating & Hockey


Manitoulin's snowmobile club works diligently throughout the whole year to make sure that snowmobilers who visit the Island can enjoy 500 km of well marked, well groomed trails that traverse the length and breadth of Manitoulin, tying in with the provincial trail plan.  See the map of Manitoulin snowmobile trails.

Craig Nicholson (known as the Intrepid Snowmobiler) stated in an article he wrote for Ontario Snowmobiler magazine entitled “Circling Central Ontario” stated,

 “If I had to choose the most memorable trail from among the many exceptional ones we rode on this tour, those on the Manitoulin Island would rank high. The deer sightings, the superb views of the North Channel and the variety of terrain make Manitoulin a must-visit destination.”

There is a fine map of the Manitoulin snowmobile trails that is available for a nominal fee throughout the Island, and from BBay.  Guided snowmobile tours are available on some of these local trails.

BBay's road and trails give you another 5 km. of trails around the cottage. If you are planning a winter snowmobile holiday on Manitoulin, check out BBL's weekend and weeklong snowmobiling vacation packages.

BBay is located just 2 km. of snow-covered trail from one branch of the Manitoulin Trail system. 


Cross-country Skiing

There are two Nordic ski clubs on Manitoulin, one close to the North Channel and the other on the Island's south, Lake Huron shore.  BBay is located less that an hour from both of these settings.

In addition, there are many groomed and un-groomed trails and country roads that make perfect skiing venues.  BBay has over 5 km. of roads and trails.

The North Channel club, the Manitoulin Nordic Ski Club, is located just off Highway 540 some six miles west of Little Current. Hilly terrain. Beautiful chalet. Contact (705)368-3534.

On the South Shore, there is the Carter Bay Ski Club.  These trails are developed on a milder landscape, so the challenge is to go farther. Events planned for many winter weekends. Contact (705)377-5159.

In Mindemoya, cross-country ski trails are groomed at the Brookwood Brae Golf Course and skiers are invited to use them at no charge. Contact (705)377-4979.

Misery Bay Park on Manitoulin's south shore is also developing some cross-country runs. For details contact (705)283-2208.


Snow Shoeing

Sunset on snowshoe trip, Feb. 2004, Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada Snowshoe trail along the beach and through the woods, Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario Canada
February sunset at BBay, 2004.  BBay's wind power generator is silhouetted against the sky. The snowshoe trail along the beach, and through the woods.  The inland snowshoe trails are easy, while the open areas are challenging snowshoeing adventures.
Snowshoeing in Manitoulin's back country, Northern Ontario, Canada


Skiing & Ecology by the Friends of Misery Bay (FOMB)

In addition to winter skiing events, there are winter ecology events led by Dr. Gerard Courtin.

Cross-country skiing along a snow covered country trail, Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada

The Friends of Misery Bay ("FOMB") organize 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. Events will be advertised in Island papers and other media, as well as at the FOMB Internet site



Ice FishingIce fishing hut, Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario Canada

Almost all of Manitoulin's inland lakes have active ice fishing communities.  Some even brave the bay and open water of the North Channel or Lake Huron for the salmon, whitefish, and lake trout.

Almost every Manitoulin lake has its ice fishing community, a collection of huts over the prized and proven "hot spot" for winter fishing.



Almost every town has a small curling ring (ie. S. Baymouth, Little Current, Providence Bay, Gore Bay, etc.), most of which welcome visitors.  Just ask the locals for directions & hours.


Ice Skating & Hockey

There are numerous hockey rinks across the island; used mainly for minor league hockey teams, figure skating, and recreational skating for the family.  Just ask the locals for directions & hours.  There is a full-sized arena in Providence Bay, just 2 km. from BBay.

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