Manitoulin Island Hiking Trails
1. McLean’s Park
This verdant 100-acre park is located on New England Road, a side road off Hwy 6 mid-way between Manitowaning and South Baymouth. The park, about 3 km along the New England Road, features hiking trails based on ancient logging paths. Hardwood bush with some huge trees. The walk takes about 1-½ hours
2. The Lewis Twin Peaks Hiking Trail
This trail is Sheguiandah and is accessible from the east side of Highway #6, just across from Corcoran’s Motel. Approximately 2 km in length and a relatively easy hike, the trail nevertheless provides two quite spectacular views of Bass Lake and the North Channel. The lookouts are on Quartzite outcrops. The walk takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
3. Orr’s Mountain
Sheguiandah is also the home to Orr’s Mountain Hiking Trail. The 3 1.2 km trail begins at the village’s north end, 100 meters up Orr’s Side Road just off Highway #6. There are three distinct trails on Orr’s Mountain offering fine views of Sheguiandah Bay and Bass Lake, plus two spectacular lookouts. The walk takes about 2 hours.
4. Cup and Saucer
Eighteen km west of Little Current at the junction of Highway 540 and the Bidwell Road, is the well known Cup and Saucer Trail. With its 2km of dramatic 70-meter cliffs and breathtaking view, up to 12 km of hiking trails, and 2 km adventure trail, it is on of the most popular trails in Ontario. This walk will take anywhere for 1 ½ to 4 hours.
5. M’Chigeeng
The entrance to M’Chigeeng Trail is behind the ballpark, off Highway 551 just south of Highway 540. Recently doubled in length, M’Chigeeng 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. The top of the bluff offers outstanding views of the North Channel. The walk takes about 2 to 3 hours.
6. Wagg’s Woods
Right off one of Mindemoya’s main streets, Highway 542, Waggs’s Woods is located almost directly across the street from the municipal office and library building. Features maple, basswood, birch and ash. Moss climbs the cliffs which are part of the Niagara escarpment. Watch for 15 different species of fern. This walk will take about 1 hour.
7. Bridal Veil Falls
This trail is located on Highway 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 of the bay. While you are there, take a dip in the falls, and take the walking tour of the old town. This walk will take approximately 1 to 2 hours.
8. Misery Bay
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 two trails about 5 km and 4 km, which feature mixed woodland, old beach ridges, and rare alvars. A visitor centre/interpretive centre provides information on the unique and rare aspects of this park. This walk will take about 2 to 4 hours.
9. Sheshegwaning – Nimkees and Little Thunder Hiking Trails
North of Silver Water, off Highway 540, the Sheshegwaning First Nations are developing 20 km of trails, which can be enjoyed in several sections, some offering wonderful views of the North Channel. There are facilities for camping and picnicking. Trail maps are available at the Band Office or at the Gas/Convenience store at the trailhead. This walk will take between 3 to 6 hours.
10. Mississagi Lighthouse
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 abound, and the rails offer fine views of Lake Huron. Allow 1 to 2 hours.
Manitoulin Island is a wonderful place to explore