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SPORTS OF MANITOULIN

Golfing on Manitoulin

Manitoulin Island boasts three amazing golf courses that draw enthusiasts from far and wide. In the Western Lands there is Manitoulin Golf, which is located on Golf Course Road in Gore Bay. This is a 9-hole course with gorgeous views of the rural areas which surround it. Manitoulin Golf hosts a variety of tournaments, leagues, and events throughout the year. The clubhouse features a fully-licensed restaurant, store, patio with friendly staff and servers.

In Central Manitoulin there is Brookwood Brae Golf Club, located in Mindemoya on Ketchankookem Trail. This 9-hole course has been a favourite for years, with play taking you around the manicured grounds behind Hare Creek. Brookwood Brae hosts leagues and tournaments as well. The clubhouse serves pub-style food and is fully-licensed and air conditioned.

Lastly, there is Rainbow Ridge Golf Course in the Eastern Lands. This 9-hole course is located on a beautiful piece of property just outside of Manitowaning. Staff are always ready to provide service with a smile both out on the green or inside the Clubhouse, which features a banquet hall and conference centre. The restaurant and licensed bar make Rainbow Ridge a great location for events, tournaments, and leagues.

Hockey on Manitoulin

Hockey is the great Canadian pastime, and Manitoulin is no exception! There are arenas in nearly every town, including Little Current, Manitowaning, Mindemoya, Wiikwemkoong, Providence Bay, M'Chigeeng, and Gore Bay. There are also outdoor rinks ran (depending on weather) in Little Current, Kagawong, and Sheguiandah.

These arenas are home to house league hockey teams, and families in the community rally around these games each winter. Most arenas are also available for public skating, sponge puck, and private rentals. The schedules for each arena are available on the various township's websites.

The Little Current arena (inside the the NEMI Recreation Centre) is home to the Manitoulin Panthers, a REP competitive hockey association. Little Current also hosts high school hockey - they are the home of the Manitoulin Mustangs boy's hockey team. M'Chigeeng arena houses the Manitoulin Mustangs girl's team. 

Community, sports, and fun all come together at the many hockey tournaments weekends throughout the year. Gore Bay holds the Frosty Cup Benefit Hockey Tournament just before Christmas to raise money for their beneficiaries. There are Sportsman, Women, and Over 40 divisions to watch, and a bar/seating area in the upstairs of the arena. The Frosty Cup Dance (a 19+ dance hosted at the Gore Bay Legion) is a tradition in the town. Later in the season is the Porter-Clark-Purvis Memorial Hockey Tournament, which also includes 40+ and Sportsmen divisions, as well as beer gardens and a 19+ dance. Porter Clark is held early March.

March also sees the 4 on 4 Bradley McAllister Tournament, held in Providence Bay. This tournament includes Sportsmen, Ladies, and Over 40 divisions. There are beer gardens with food and refreshments upstairs as well.

In M'Chigeeng, there is the annual BJ Memorial Hockey Tournament with both Sportsmen and Ladies divisions. There is a licensed 19+ dance held on the weekend as well. The BJ Memorial Tournament is held in mid-January. 

Baseball/Softball on Manitoulin

Summer is one of the busiest times on Manitoulin, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for some baseball! Almost every town on Manitoulin has their own ball fields, and there are leagues for every age and skill level. Details for these leagues are available on each township's website.

One of the most famous weekends in Mindemoya is Pearson Cup. This tournament is held on Fathers Day weekend in June at the Mindemoya arena and ball fields. There are two divisions - Sportsmen and 35ers. Games are played in both Mindemoya and M'Chigeeng. The Pearson Cup Dance (a licensed, 19+ event) is held at the J.H. Burt Memorial Arena, and draws huge crowds every year to enjoy drinks, music, and fun!

Canada Day weekend also brings about baseball fun, with a men's fastball tournament held in Mindemoya, a pickup baseball game in Ice Lake, and a community baseball game in Gore Bay.

There is also a ball tournament in Manitowaning during Summerfest Weekend, and a slo-pitch tournament in Little Current during Haweater.

Curling on Manitoulin

Curling has brought families and communities together for years on Manitoulin Island. There is a curling club/rink in nearly every community, including Little Current, Mindemoya, Gore Bay, Providence Bay, and Manitowaning. There are bonspiels throughout the entire winter at these various locations, which are published in the local paper and on the club's Facebook pages. Many of the curling clubs also offer lessons and leagues for people of all ages. The curling clubs are also great locations to host events, and are frequently the home to dances, dinners, and more.

OTHER LEISURE ACTIVITIES OF MANITOULIN

Horseback Riding on Manitoulin

Manitoulin Island is home to two popular riding stables. The first, Honora Bay Riding Stable, is located just west of Little Current on Honora Bay Road (off of Highway 540). HBRS provides a variety of trail ride experiences for all skill levels. These rides take you on an exciting adventure through open fields, scenic lookouts, and lush forests in beautiful Honora Bay. HBRS also holds lessons, summer camps, and clinics/events throughout the year.

Kicking Mule Riding Stable is located in Tehkummah on Gauthier Road, just off of Highway 6. Kicking Mule offers trail rides that wind through the forests of Southern Manitoulin, as well as wagon rides and a petting zoo. The Kickass Cookhouse is also on site, ready to serve you after you work up your appetite on horseback.

Skiing/Snowshoeing on Manitoulin

The fun on the trails doesn't end in the fall! There are many trails on Manitoulin that are groomed throughout the winter for those that enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. These include:

  • Gibraltar Trails - The Gibraltar trails are located in Big Lake, just before the intersection of Gibraltar road and Highway 542. These easy to moderate trails are roughly 2 km in length and wind through the woods of Central Manitoulin.

  • McLean's Park - McLean's Park is located between Tehkummah and Manitowaning on New England Road (off of Highway 6). This popular hiking destination transforms into the perfect place for both skiing and snowshoeing.

  • Maple Ridge Trails - Located behind Community Living in Mindemoya (on Highway 542), the Maple Ridge trails are groomed in the winter for both skiing and snowshoeing. The trails are roughly 5 km in length and range from easy to moderate difficulty.

  • Wagg's Woods - Wagg's Woods Park is a popular nature destination year-round in the heart of Mindemoya. Trailheads are located on Forest Street, or on Highway 542 across from the Municipal Office (near Island Animal Hospital). The trails are groomed for skiing and snowshoeing.

  • Manitoulin Nordic Ski Club Trails - These trails are specifically designed for skiing, and are located off of Highway 540 west of Little Current. They are 10 km in length ranging from moderate to difficult. 

  • Misery Bay - Misery Bay provides the perfect location for a secluded skiing or snowshoeing adventure. The 14 km of moderate trails wind through the forest along the shores of Lake Huron, making for wonderful views. 

  • Manitoulin Golf - Throughout the off-season, Manitoulin Golf has their trails groomed for skiing and snowshoeing.

While there are currently no downhill skiing locations available on Manitoulin, there are nearby hills in both Espanola and Elliot Lake.

Fishing & Boating on Manitoulin

Besides being in the middle of Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island also has over 100 freshwater inland lakes, making it an extremely popular fishing and boating destination. Many waterfront lodges, cottages, and campgrounds offer boat rentals to visitors, so check to see if yours does! If not, there are many fishing charter options to help you get your next big catch. There are also several providers of boat tours if you would rather just take in the scenery.

  • Screaminreels Sportfishing Charters are based in South Baymouth on the south shore of the Island. This is a popular salmon fishing destination, and Captain Moe Gauthier is ready to help you and your group "Catch The Thrill!"

  • Wass Tours operate out of Wiikwemkoong, with home bases in Manitowaning Bay & Prairie Point. Captain Wassegijig offers down rigging for salmon, rainbow trout, and lake trout in Lake Huron surrounding Manitoulin and Killarney. They also offer flat line fishing in Lake Huron and Manitoulin's inland lakes for rainbow trout, walleye, pike, and musky. During the winter, Wass Tours offers ice fishing adventures as well. If you are more interested in sightseeing, there are also scenic boat cruises available to Killarney, Baie Finne, Little Current, Collins Inlet and Beaverstone Bay.

  • Island Sunrise Fishing Charters are hosted by Fuel The Fire TV founder and host Neil Debassige. Island Sunrise Cottages & Outdoor Excursions are located in M'Chigeeng on Lake Mindemoya. Charters are provided in their 23' Sea Swirl fishing boat with top of the line equipment to help you get the catch of the day.

  • North Channel Tours provide regularly scheduled boat tours and adventures around the North Channel and Manitoulin. These include voyages to Killarney, the Benjamin Islands, Baie Fine, as well as sunset dinner cruises and other events throughout the season.

  • Canadian Yacht Charters are located in Gore Bay at the marina. CYC boasts the largest fleet on the great lakes with a wide variety of chartered yachts to make your vacation on the water perfect. 

  • Chi-Cheemaun Sunset Dinner Cruise provides the perfect evening getaway. Board the Chi-Cheemaun in South Baymouth or Tobermory for a three course gourmet dinner with live entertainment, drinks, and a beautiful view to top it all off. 

To get started fishing, you will need a fishing license and Outdoors Card (unless you are fishing for a single day only, in which you only need a one-day license, OR if you are a non-Canadian citizen, you will need your applicable license). Fishing license details for Canadian residents can be found here, and fishing license details for non-Canadian residents can be found here. You can buy your license online or over the phone, or visit a participating Service Ontario or license issuer. Here are the license issuer locations on Manitoulin Island:

  • Mac's Camp (720 Perivale Road West, Spring Bay)

  • Carl's Trading Post (Highway 6, South Baymouth)

  • Dawson Resort (1420 Perivale Road East, Spring Bay)

For the more avid anglers, there are many fishing derbies throughout the year. These include the Manitoulin Salmon Shootout in August, the Manitoulin Ice Showdown in February, the Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic in July/August, the Lake Kagawong Bass Derby in August, and the Wiikwemkoong Pike & Bass Classic.

Kayaking/Canoeing/Paddleboarding on Manitoulin

Our fantastic lakes and waterways aren't just for boating. Many visitors spend their time out paddling on kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. If you don't have your own, there are some rental locations across Manitoulin Island:

  • Island Adventure Sports (Island Home Outfitters) in Mindemoya provides kayak, tandem kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals with delivery across the island. They are also a Red Paddle inflatable stand-up paddleboard dealer, if you become interested in purchasing.

  • Manitoulin Wind & Wave both sells and rents a wide inventory of kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. They also allow for test paddling if you are looking to purchase your own.

  • Uncle Steve's Park & Cabins offers canoe and kayak rentals to both guests & those not staying with them.

  • Many campgrounds, resorts, and lodges offer rentals for kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, motor boats and paddleboats. Check in with your accommodation to see if they do too!

Snowmobiling on Manitoulin

Manitoulin isn't just a summer destination! Trails maintained by the Manitoulin Snowdusters Club can take you all the way across the island to each town. There are also ice trails that go from Gore Bay across the North Channel, as well as a trail from Little Current to Killarney that is popular with travellers and locals alike. The trails are closely monitored by the club and well maintained throughout the season. Keep an eye out on the Manitoulin Snowdusters group for updates and trail/ice conditions, and get ready to experience Manitoulin's beauty in one of the best ways possible! *Please note that the trails are not available for off-season use, and often run through private properties.

Cycling on Motorcycling on Manitoulin

With over 400 km of cycling routes, multiple paved shoulder highways, and an award-winning cycling tourism organization, Manitoulin is a perfect destination for cyclists. MICA (Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates) hosts various tours, adventures, and events throughout the season. They have also produced a Manitoulin Cycling Routes Map, which is available for purchase on their website. MICA was also one of the driving lobbying forces behind the paved shoulders on stretches of Highway 6, Highway 551, and Highway 540. They feature cyclist friendly businesses on their website as well, helping you to plan your next adventure!

For those who are hoping to off-road, there are several trails suitable to mountain biking. These include McLean's Park between Manitowaning and Tehkummah, Bebamikawe Memorial Trail in Wiikwemkoong, Lewis Twin Peaks trail in Sheguiandah, and Wagg's Woods in Mindemoya.

Motorcyclists can also find a haven on Manitoulin. There are many scenic routes that riders can take, and there are dozens of biker friendly businesses across the island. Bikers gather each year in July at the Providence Bay fairgrounds for the Ride Manitoulin event. Attendees can enjoy camping and camaraderie, live entertainment, a poker run, and beautiful group rides around the island. 

Hunting on Manitoulin

The fun doesn't stop when the summer ends - each fall, hunters gather from far and wide to enjoy the prosperous hunting grounds of Manitoulin Island. The well-maintained and ample wildlife populations as well as diverse ecosystems provide a rich expanse of land for hunting various species. One of the most popular hunts is for whitetail deer, and there are various people/places that offer the chance to get in on the action. These include:

  • Deer Hunt Manitoulin - Offers hunting on 268 acres of prime land in Tehkummah with tree stands and ground blinds available. There is also a cabin and a trailer available as accommodations.

  • Island Sunrise Cottages Outdoor Excursions - Offers various excursions for deer hunting in bow season, rifle season, and muzzle loader season, as well as geese hunts.

  • Mac's Camp Hunting Excursions - Offers semi-guided bow hunts for small parties for whitetail deer and grouse.

  • Dawson Resort Hunting Excursions - Offers land for whitetail deer hunting. While the excursions are not guided, tours of the land are available prior to hunting.

Be sure research and prepare ahead to comply with all firearms/hunting licenses and regulations before planning your trip.

Swimming on Manitoulin

With the wide array of lakes, falls, and beaches on Manitoulin Island, it is no surprise that swimming is such a popular pastime. Visitors are never far away from a place to take a dip - here's a quick reference list!

  • Western Lands

    • Gore Bay Rotary Park Beach (Fish Point Park) - 1 Purvis Drive, Gore Bay

    • Tobacco Lake Beach - 100 Ida's Road, Gordon/Barrie Township

    • Julia Bay Beach - 686 Highway 540-A, Barrie Island

  • Middle Lands:

    • Kagawong Beach - 15 Old Mill Road, Kagawong

    • Bridal Veil Falls - 50 Main Street, Kagawong

    • M'Chigeeng Beach - Bay Street, M'Chigeeng

    • Mindemoya Beach - Ketchankookem Trail, Mindemoya

    • Spring Bay Beach (Stanley Park) - Monument Road, Spring Bay

    • Providence Bay Beach - Mutchmor Street, Providence Bay

    • Big Lake Boat Launch - Highway 542, Big Lake

  • Eastern Lands:

    • South Baymouth Beach - Highway 6, South Baymouth

    • Sandfield Government Dock - Hutchinson's Road, Sandfield

    • Manitowaning Beach - Bay Road, Manitowaning

    • King's Bay Beach - King's Bay Road, Wiikwemkoong

    • Green Bay Park - Bidwell Road, Green Bay

    • Low Island Park - 66 Water Street West, Little Current

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