About Manitoulin Island



Manitoulin has been called "the island that time forgot", and that's just how many of us locals like it. In a world filled with strip malls and fast food franchises, Manitoulin invites you to slow down and take a breath. Enjoy its natural, untouched beauty from shore to shore. Hike on the numerous wilderness trails,  go sailing or fishing in its many lakes and bays or relax on gorgeous sand beaches. Take in the rich First Nations culture by attending one of the many Pow-Wows or visiting a Native Cultural Centre or Art Gallery. Summer is not the only time to visit Manitoulin Island.  Thousands come each year for hunting, ice fishing and snowmobiling. Home to about 14 000 full time residents, Manitoulin's population swells to around 40 000 during the summer months, when city folks want to take a break and switch to what Manitouliners call "island time". Our population here might be small, but you'd be hard pressed to find another rural community that's as complete. We have grocery stores, hospitals, restaurants, hardware stores, farmer's markets, gift shops, golf courses and much more. In fact, the Island has everything needed to make your next summer or winter getaway an enjoyable and memorable one! Check out the list below for just a few of the many interesting things to see and do here on Manitoulin.