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
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
BBay is located just 2 km. of
snow-covered trail from one branch of the Manitoulin Trail system.
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
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.
|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.
Ecology by the Friends of Misery Bay (FOMB)
In addition to winter skiing
events, there are winter ecology events led by Dr. Gerard Courtin.
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
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
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 &
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.