The consuming passions of Doug Smith

The consuming passions of Doug Smith Manitoulin Transport founder finds Gore Bay the best place to be Nestled between two high, prominent ridges of the Niagara Escarpment on Manitoulin’s northwestern coast and approached down gently sweeping hills, the town of Gore Bay and its namesake V-shaped inlet slowly reveal their enduring allure on these sheltered […]

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M’Chigeeng: Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Honours Traditions Old and New

M’Chigeeng: Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Honours Traditions Old and New   Fascinating and important encounters await visitors to M’Chigeeng: the First Nation is a vigorously forward-thinking community that honours its traditions while forging educational, cultural and health and wellbeing institutions to serve its community with standard-setting schools, cultural spaces, social services and businesses.   To experience […]

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Saving the Cup and Saucer

Saving the Cup and Saucer Community Resilience and Ingenuity at Work Almost everyone who knows Manitoulin Island, residents and visitors, has trekked the Cup and Saucer Trail, one of the Island’s most well-known natural attractions, its twelve kilometres of woodland paths leading to 70 vertical metres (230 feet) of Niagara Escarpment cliffs and spectacular views […]

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Lillian’s Museum

Lillian’s Museum M’Chigeeng A stone’s throw from the OCF, around the corner and east on Hwy 540, is the unmissable Lillian’s Museum, a dedicated space attached to Lillian’s Crafts’ large shop that holds owner Lillian Debassige’s prized 70-odd-year-old collection of Anishinaabe arts and crafts. A big room is arrayed from floor to ceiling in unique […]

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Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

Ojibwe Cultural Foundation M’Chigeeng The modern architectural form of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF), fully situated in the present, pays homage to the everlasting traditions of the Anishinaabek–the Odawa, Ojibwe and Potawatomi of Manitoulin Island and the Great Lakes region. Light permeates the open circular atrium that forms the heart of the entryway and of […]

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Centennial Museum

Centennial Museum Sheguiandah Two museums within easy access to each other, in Little Current and Sheguiandah, each distinctive, tell of prehistoric peoples, of the settlers of large homesteads, the builders of towns and villages, the entrepreneurs and their struggles to establish a foothold on largely forested Manitoulin Island beginning in the 1860s when the land […]

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Mindemoya’s Pioneer Museum

Pioneer Museum Mindemoya On Manitoulin, as each new township was surveyed after the still-controversial 1862 Treaty between the Anishinaabek and the Crown, the first settlers, mostly from the Collingwood and Coldwater areas of Ontario, homesteaded the land of Campbell (1867), Carnarvon (1867-70) and Sandfield (1870), former townships now amalgamated into today’s Municipality of Central Manitoulin. […]

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Old Mill Heritage Centre

Old Mill Heritage Centre Kagawong Island community museums are filled to bursting with mementos of collective histories, gathered by dedicated volunteers and local families keen to foster appreciation of their area’s past. Kagawong’s Old Mill Heritage Centre Museum collections are housed in the former pulp mill, built of stone in 1925 at the edge of […]

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Purvis Marine Museum

William Purvis Marine Museum Gore Bay Overlooking the distinctive V-shaped bay bordered by the lushly-cedared heights of the East Bluff on one edge and the town and the gentler slopes of the West Bluff on the other, the Harbour Centre extends a commanding welcome to Gore Bay’s waterfront. Within, on two floors, is a warren […]

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The Net Shed

The Net Shed Museum Meldrum Bay Nearly 150 years ago, Meldrum Bay began to be settled by Scots coming to Manitoulin Island from southern Ontario, attracting fiercely dogged, independent-spirited types drawn by cheap, plentiful land covered in virgin forest and the immeasurable waters of Lake Huron teeming with fish. Working with the first survey party […]

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