Manitoulin has many hiking trails which take anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day, requiring various degrees of fitness. For the casual walker, there are nature trails and boardwalks in and around many of the quaint little towns.
Bebamikawe Memorial Trail
Located at the end of Beach Rd, the Bebamikawe Memorial Trail is an easy to moderate 14km trail with scenic lookouts and vistas. The Trail system consists of an Outdoor Fitness Park with 1.5km double tract trail complete with five outdoor fitness stations and lakefront picnic pavilion. The hiking trail has over 11km of single tract rugged footpath and incorporates up to 800m of double tract trail that can accommodate mountain bikes. Educational signage is mounted at three lookouts describing the historic and ecological significance of the area. Enjoy Manitoulin Islands only professionally built trail system during all four seasons. www.wikwemikong.ca
Bridal Veil Falls
This trail is located on hwy 540 at the entrance to Kagawong. A picnic area at the top of the falls leads down to the base of the falls and the trail follows both sides of the stream to the bay. Take a dip in the falls and take the walking tour of the old town. Allow 1 to 2 hours.
Cup & Saucer
Located 18 kms west of Little Current, at the junction of Hwy 540 & Bidwell Road. 2 kms of dramatic 70 meter cliffs and breathtaking views, up to 12 kms of hiking trails and the 2km adventure trail. One of the most popular trails in Ontario. Anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours. No Overnight Camping on the property.Open May 15th – Thanksgiving Weekend – Daily from Dawn To Dusk
Located on Highway 6 in Tehkummah. Enjoy a stroll through the diverse eco systems of Gordon’s Park in the heart of a hardwood forest. Observe and listen to the beauty of nature around the pond, up the escarpment, in the swamp and throughout the meadows. The hiking trails at Gordon’s Park are complimented by the Interpretive Centre with displays of mounted animals and informative Information Stations on mushrooms, edible wilds, fossils, trees, animal tracks and much more. www.gordonspark.com
Lewis Twins Peak Hiking Trail
This trail is in Sheguiandah and can be accessed from the east side of hwy 6 across from the Paradise Motel. 2 km in length and a relatively easy hike, the trail provides two spectacular views of Bass Lake and the North Channel. The lookouts are on Quartzite outcrops. Allow 1 – 1.5 hours.Open May 15th – Thanksgiving Weekend – Dawn to Dusk
The entrance is located behind the ball park off Hwy 551. Includes two trails, one along the bottom of the bluff and the other going to the very top. The Bear Caves and Fossil Rock Point are two spots of interest. They offer spectacular views of the North Channel. Allow 2 to 3 hours. Open 7 days a week 9am – 5 pm. Open May 15th – Thanksgiving Weekend – Dawn to Dusk
Located on New England side road, off Hwy 6 between Manitowaning and South Baymouth. This is a 100 acre park with about 3 km along the New England road features hiking trails based on ancient logging paths. Hardwood bush with some huge trees. This walk is about 1.5 hours.
Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve
Misery Bay Provincial Nature Reserve is a 860 hectare provincial park on the south shore of Manitoulin Island, a ten minute drive west of Evansville. There are several trails which feature mixed woodland, old beach ridges and rare alvars. Allow 2 to 4 hours. Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm https://www.miserybay.ca
Located at the lighthouse near Meldrum Bay are several short trails that follow the craggy shoreline over flat limestone ledges, around enormous boulders and through rock fissures, Wildflowers and birds. The trails offer beautiful views of Lake Huron. Allow 1 to 2 hours. The Western Tip of Manitoulin, Meldrum Bay.
Nimkees Hiking Trail North of Silver Water, off Hwy 540. the Sheshegwaning First Nations are developing a 20 km trail which can be enjoyed in several sections, some offering beautiful views of the North Channel. There is facilities for camping and picnicking. Maps are available at the Band office or the Gas/Convenience store at the beginning of the trail. Allow 3 to 6 hours.
Right off Mindemoya’s main street. Located directly across from the municipal office and library building. Moss climbs the cliffs which are part of the Niagara Escarpment. Watch for 15
different species of fern. Allow 1 hour.