We went to Manitoulin Island in July 2006 for one week. It was our first time on the island. Truly a different experience, it was like stepping back in time 50 years. A very relaxing holiday, with many sightseeing and boating activities.
The Mindemoya Court Cottages has nice cottages and trailers for rent, for good prices. The lodging is clean. There are no black flies, just lots of spiders, dragon flies and chipmunks (outside the cottages, of course)! There are daily activities for children. The water is very clean and crystal clear. There is no toilet paper, dishwashing soap or towels. No TVs, some cell phone coverage (depends on your carrier), no internet access at all. Do bring a portable BBQ as they're not supplied. Excellent waterfront views on some of the cottages. There is a good sized grocery store in downtown Mindemoya, only 5 min a drive away. The prices are more expensive on the island though, b/c everything has to be brought into the island. Make sure to have whitefish and Farqhuar icecream. Purvis fisheries (the island's major fishery) sells fresh fish from its truck in d/town Mindemoya on Fridays at 2pm. Make sure to buy some and bring them home with you!
There's a place right across from the cottage that rents boats, canoes, jet skis, etc. Their motors are much faster than the boats that the cottage itself rents out.
Make sure to visit Bridal Veil Falls, the Cup and Saucer and Mum's restaurant (d/town Mindemoya) for local good food with huge servings.
Try Maggies cafe in M'Chigeeng and ask them for a Native Indian dish. It's a nice experience. Also try Lillian's Crafts for beautiful native crafts. We hear the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation is very nice, though we never went there.
Hope that's been helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our waterfront resort located on crystal clear Lake Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island Our resort offers over 18 acres of private groomed recreational area which includes a softball diamond, a volleyball court, horseshoe pit and bonfire pit. Let your children safely explore the wonders of nature worry free in our private setting away from traffic. Recreational activities are limited only by your imagination - with beautiful Lake Mindemoya footsteps from your cottage or campsite. You will discover an extensive picnic area with a BBQ, a children's play area, where children can play happily on the swings, tire swing, in the sand box and play house. For your enjoyment, participate in the planned activities including a weekly BBQ for all guests; softball game 'Chipmunks Vs Beavers,' volleyball game and bonfire. Enjoy leisurely walks or cycle around our beautiful private nature trail nestled amongst the 100+year old Maple forest. The resort features a swimming area with the only deep water diving board in the area and private floating swim platform. Public sandy beach is located a short walk from our resort which is perfect for the smaller children. Minutes away from our resort in the town of Mindemoya, enjoy golfing, shopping, major grocery store with LCBO, full service garages and four restaurants for dining out. In the evenings, observe the stars. Manitoulin Island is famous for its “Dark Sky” affording an amazing Stargazing experience. Manitoulin Island night skies are an unforgettable, breathtaking experience, one which you will never forget. The night skies of Manitoulin are a beacon to astronomers from all over the world. Island hop, as you approach Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario, Canada, from the North Shore of Lake Huron, the Bahamas of the North for sailing. Encounter unspoiled splendor along the ever changing shoreline. ... more less