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Fun To See And Things To Do

Since summer in Canada is short, we have put together a list of fun things to do at the cottage while the warm weather lasts. Cottages are a Canadian summertime staple. From Saturday until the next Saturday, the cottage at Dawson family resort is the place to be. Whether it’s a small cabin in the among the trees or a big cottage overlooking the water of Kagawong Lake, your cottage at Dawson Resort is where all those summer memories happen. Growing up at a cottage on Manitoulin Island Ontario in cottage country, I have spent countless spring summers and fall days playing outside and spending as much time as possible in an on the water of Kagawong Lake. Since summer in Canada is short, We have put together a list of fun things to do at the cottage while the warm weather lasts.

Take a one-day road trip, Go on a hike, Visit a historic site, Explore trails, Bird watch, Nature walk, lots to do on Manitoulin Island.

  1. Assiginack Museum - Assiginack Museum is nestled in the village of Manitowaning, Ontario, Canada. We have a beautiful green area for you to stroll through as you enjoy a pioneer home, blacksmith shop, school house and a barn. Our main building has a wonderful collection of glassware, porcelain and pottery. This museum contains artifacts that tell the story of early settlers to this area of Manitoulin Island and has a connection to people living here. 156 Arthur Street Manitowaning, Ontario.
  2. Blue Jay Creek Provincial Park - Blue Jay Creek Provincial Park contains some of the largest raised beach and swale system on Manitoulin Island. Upland willow thickets are found at the beaches higher elevations. The forest cover is a mixture of cedar, spruce, and pine, and the extensive wetlands in the area include cedar, black spruce, and black ash swamp forest, open and tree bogs, treed fens, and riparian marshes. The park also includes a portion of Blue Jay Creek.
  3. Boo-Bah-Lou Candy Corner - Boo-Bah-Lou Candy Corner Candy store - also sells toys & kites 67 Main Street Kagawong Ontario
  4. Buoys Eatery - Buoys Eatery is about supporting local farms, producers, and breweries across Manitoulin Island because we are passionate about bringing food from the farm to your table. Want to know how the magic of Buoys happened? Just view our story under About Us to learn about the history of what makes us special. Hand Crafting At It's Best: We have a wide selection of our famous pizzas and panzarottis, to delicious pasta dishes, and tasty entrees that the whole family can enjoy. Our Food Menu will give you a closer look behind what we do and what delicious options you can enjoy. Gore Bay Ontario
  5. Bridal Veil Falls - Bridal Veil Falls is a waterfall near the town of Kagawong on Lake Huron's Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. The water source is the Kagawong River which flows from Lake Kagawong to Lake Huron. It has a height of approximately 35 feet.
  6. Cup and Saucer - A great way to see some of the beautiful scenery on Manitoulin Island is from the cliff lookouts along the Cup and Saucer trail.
  7. East Bluff Lookout - East Bluff Lookout in the Harold Noble Memorial Park is a very popular sight-seeing destination providing views overlooking Gore Bay and the North Channel. The lookout viewing area is located on the east side of the bay, just north of the community of Gore Bay, Ontario on Manitoulin Island. The cliff side viewing site provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the entire area. From the East Bluff Lookout there are some fantastic, high elevation, views overlooking the community of Gore Bay and the marina. Peering down into the bay from the viewing deck are many opportunities to observe boats, sailboats, yachts and fishing boats. The East Bluff Lookout is part of the Harold Noble Memorial Park. Although to many, the park is best referred to as the East Bluff Lookout. To ensure you enjoy your views there are picnic tables, a viewing platform and parking. From the parking area it is an easy walk to the cliffs and views. For your own safety the viewing area is fenced. Gore Bay Ontario
  8. Fish Point Studio - Original artwork by Helen Siksek, as well as other Manitoulin Island and visiting artists. The gift shop in Gore Bay offers original art, prints, photography, postcards, pottery, wooden crafts, both costume and artisanal jewellery and publications by Manitoulin Island authors . Each month we will have a different art exhibition. Come and visit! Our new shop location is at 1 Water Street, Gore Bay, Ontario, Canada. Located at The Inn at Gore Bay. Fish Point Studio the gallery and gift shop is open for the summer season only from June till September. Gore Bay Ontario
  9. Gordon's Park - The park has always been rooted in a commitment to outdoor education and helping people to experience nature.
  10. Gore Bay - Incorporated in 1890, Gore Bay is one of the larger communities on Manitoulin. The town may have been named after its tapering gore-shaped harbour nestled between two splendid, tree-covered bluffs; or perhaps it derived its name from a steamship The Gore which was trapped in the ice of the bay one winter. At the turn of the century, Gore Bay became the judicial centre of Manitoulin, and one of the Island’s commercial and professional centres. Elegant nineteenth-century mansions and imposing limestone buildings on the tree-lined streets testify to the prosperity of the early community. Today Gore Bay thrives as a service centre for Western Manitoulin. Its fine natural harbour attracts boaters from around the Great Lakes. Both visitors and residents enjoy the good shopping, restaurants and medical services; the recreational facilities including docks, tennis courts, golf course, beach, park and picnic areas and the fun-filled summer celebrations. Gore Bay Ontario
  11. Gore Bay Airport - AIRPORT SPECIFICS 5500' x 100' asphalt runway (supporting jets and prop planes) secondary 1625' x 50' runway (supporting smaller aircraft) UNICOM / ARCAL - 122.8 Nav Canada AWOS - 128.725, WxCams RCO London Radio - 126.7 Flight Service - 1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433) Instrument Approach - NDB 245 MHZ (505' min) RNAV (GPS) Approach - No Circling (377' min) Canada Customs on-site - 705-282-2181 (May to October) CANPASS 1-888-226-7277 (May to October) 24 hr washroom and telephone access Crew vehicle / taxi available 100LL/JetA1 Fuel Hangars for lease Flight planning and pilots lounge. Gore Bay Ontario
  12. Gore Bay Boardwalk - Gore Bay Boardwalk is a great way to sightsee the waterfront community of Gore Bay, Ontario on Manitoulin Island. The boardwalk pathway follows along the southern shores of the protected bay connecting to services including the local marina, restaurants and some village stores. The boardwalk explores around the bay providing views of the harbour, wildlife and the comings and goings of marine traffic. Located at the western end of the bay is a wetland marsh and some great opportunities for viewing various bird species who live and visit in the community. Located along the boardwalk pathway (some say the longest on the island) are some viewing towers, lookout decks and sightseeing benches. Much of the boardwalk pathway in Gore Bay is wheelchair and baby stroller friendly. Explore Gore Bay Boardwalk Gore Bay Ontario
  13. Gore Bay Harbour Centre - Every year on the 4th weekend of July, folks from Gore Bay and far beyond gather for our famous Harbour Days weekend. The Harbour Centre is to infuse our community’s arts with fresh energy and ideas and to support the gifted individuals who work, create, produce, and present art. We believe that the arts contribute significantly to the quality of life as well as the economic prosperity of our community. The Harbour Centre is open year round, and the artwork and workshops are executed by artists from Manitoulin Island. Gore Bay Ontario
  14. Gore Bay Museum - The Gore Bay Museum, founded in 1948 on a property originally used as a jailhouse and jailer’s residence, now operates as a public museum with a collection that will take you back in time to appreciate the history of Gore Bay and western Manitoulin Island. The Town of Gore Bay, located on the North Channel of Lake Huron and nestled between two tree-covered bluffs, is one of the larger communities on Manitoulin with a permanent population of just over 900. Over the past 25 years, the museum has expanded with the addition of state-of-the-art galleries and the construction of the Harbour Centre, which has allowed a further expansion of cultural events and museum activities.
  15. Gore Bay Jail - It is one of the few remaining Ontario jails which has retained many of its original features. It has now been converted into a museum that displays the history of local early settlers. The museum is devoted to self-guiding, self-explanatory thematic exhibits such as The Dentist Office & The General Store, that bring the times to life. The Kitchen has labour saving devices and everyday objects. All successful museums have some parts that are pure bliss, requiring absolutely no effort. It is possible to "gaze" at the cases admiring the hats, clothing, and shoes. Their significance, in their symbolism, is foremost here. ?
  16. Honora Bay Riding Stable - Honora Bay Riding Stable offers guided trail rides ranging from 30 minutes to an overnight adventure. They also offer private and group lessons year round. Finally, youth ages 8-15 can partake in summer day camp which includes riding instruction, grooming, care of horses and equipment, playing with foals, horseback games and trail rides.
  17. Kicking-Mule-Ranch-Jamboree - Kicking Mule Ranch provides hour long trail rides through the scenic forests around the ranch. Wagon Rides are also available providing a way to enjoy the scenery without using a horse. Finally, Listen to the Ranch Band and Cowboy Bob as they perform western favourites from now and yesteryear at the Jamboree. Music, cowboy poetry and high humour are a great way to wrap up the week.
  18. Linens & Lavender - Beautiful linens, fragrant lavender, beautiful beeswax candles, soaps. Located in a very old log building it absolutely charming. Gore Bay Ontario
  19. Little Current Lighthouse - Lake Huron’s North Channel lies between the Canadian mainland and a string of islands that includes, from east to west, Manitoulin Island, Cockburn Island, Drummond Island, and St. Joseph Island. The North Channel’s narrowest point is a 150 metre wide passageway that runs between the community of Little Current on the northernmost point of Manitoulin Island and Goat Island. Known earlier as Shaftesbury, Little Current received its present name due to the swift currents that flow through this important passageway near the junction of the North Channel and Georgian Bay.
  20. Maja's Garden - We enjoy and work with the natural bounty the earth and our garden provides in a sustainable, organic and biodiverse way over 25 years
  21. Manitoulin Chocolate Works - Fine handcrafted chocolates created for you in Kagawong, Ontario on Manitoulin Island… Our handmade chocolates are carefully created in small batches using only the finest of ingredients and the highest quality Belgian Callebaut chocolate.
  22. Manitoulin Soap Factory - Our soaps are handmade, hand cut and hand wrapped in our store by us to ensure their freshness and quality! We make soaps in small batches making each bar of soap unique. Made from 100% vegetable glycerin and essential and/or fragrant oils! Our soap contains no perfume or alcohol and is biodegradable. Our products have never been tested on animals and there are no animal products or bi-products in our soap. Once you've tried a bar of our soap, you may never want to buy a commercial brand again. These bars leave your skin feeling fresh and clean. We make 3 varieties of soaps. Look for this in our catalog. Unscented formulations for the most sensitive skin or allergies. Essential oil made with medicinal plant based essential oils. Fragrance soaps for those who enjoy scents nature can’t provide. Sheguiandah Ontario
  23. Manitowaning Lighthouse - The Manitowaning Light Tower is a quaint, square tapered wooden tower, which stands 10.4m tall. Clad with white painted shingles, and set upon a fieldstone foundation, the tower rises clearly beyond its superimposed gallery to support a Picturesque, octagonal iron lantern. Contrasting red trim outlines the tower’s openings and tapered profile, and accentuates the gallery’s simple railing, elegant curved brackets and hipped lantern roof. The light tower is situated within the hamlet of Manitowaning on a small plot of land along the shoreline of Manitoulin Island.
  24. Misery Bay Provincial Park - The Visitor Centre is your first stop at Misery Bay. This interactive map of the trails has lots of information about the features along your trail. Check it out, you’ll discover all sorts of things you might never have noticed! There is no camping at Misery Bay Provincial Park. It is a day-use only park.
  25. Mississagi Lighthouse - Historical Museum Walk the halls of the historic lighthouse. Come and see what life was like as a Lighthouse Keeper in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mississagi Lighthouse & Campground in Meldrum Bay - Tent & trailer camping, museum, nature park, and much more.
  26. My Ol' Blues Gore Bay - My Ol' Blues is a small apparel manufacturing company in Northern Ontario, Canada. We are located in Gore Bay on beautiful Manitoulin Island and have been a part of this industry since Nov. 1993. We started out in a basement in Sudbury, then moved to another basement in Espanola, before finally settling in Gore Bay in 1997 with 2000 sq. ft of main floor space where we've had room to grow! 7 Phipps St. Gore Bay Ontario
  27. Needle Box - Needle Box Fabric Stores Wool & Yarn Stores in Little Current, on Manitoulin Island Ontario. Little Current
  28. Neon Raven Art Gallery -
  29. Ojibwe Cultural Foundation - Boozhoo-Biindigen! Hello -Welcome! The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation was established in 1974 to preserve and revitalize the language, culture, arts, spirituality, and traditions of the Anishinaabe people of Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) and surrounding areas. We dedicate ourselves to nurturing the expression of Anishinaabe culture in all forms, so our art, language, stories, songs, and teachings flourish now and remain strong for future generations.
  30. Perivale Gallery - Outstanding fine art created by Ivan Wheale and celebrated artists from Ontario, Canada. 1320 Perivale Road East, Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
  31. Providence Bay Beach - This beach is the most well-known beach on Manitoulin Island and is often referred to as “the best beach in Ontario.” It is a popular and well-visited beach by both locals and visitors to the island. Its name is shared with Providence Bay which was named when survivors of a shipwreck landed on shore. While it’s former name, Bebekodawangog, was given by early native residents which translates to “where the beach curves around the water.” There are plenty of inns nearby and a playground close by the edge of the town of Providence Bay. The beach features the Harbour View centre, a wheelchair accessible boardwalk, adult exercise equipment, washrooms, a picnic area, and parking.
  32. Split Rail Brewing Co. - Split Rail Brewing Company began as a dream over five years ago, when long-time friends Andrea Smith and Eleanor Charlton set out to brew a high quality, great tasting craft beer on Manitoulin Island. Our Grand Opening on July 24 2015 was a great success with over 300 people in attendance. The ribbon cutting was presided over by Mike Mantha, MPP, Ron Lane, Mayor of Gore Bay and Glenn Fobes, Brewmaster.
  33. S.S. Norisle - The Norisle ran the ferry route from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island from 1946 until 1964. It was later replaced by the MS Chi-Cheemaun. The historic vessel was operated as a museum in Manitowaning until 2007, when a citizens group — which is now the SS Norisle Steamship Society — began planning to restore the ship and take tourists out on cruises of Lake Huron.
  34. Strawberry Island Lighthouse - Strawberry Island lies just west of the northernmost section of Manitoulin Island and its town of Little Current. Vessels using the protected North Channel to sail between Georgian Bay and Lake Superior need to follow an intricate channel that winds between numerous islands. Strawberry Island Lighthouse an outbuildings in 1907 Photograph courtesy Library and Archives Canada In December 1878, P.M. Campbell, master of the Northern Queen, sent a chart of Lake Huron to the government with red dots indicating where additional lighthouses were needed. “The lights most required at present,” Campbell wrote, “are Cape Robert, Strawberry Island, Papoose Island and Cabot’s Head.” Parliament allocated $1,500 for a lighthouse on Strawberry Island in April 1880, and shortly thereafter tenders were invited for its construction.
  35. Ten Mile Point Trading Post - This is a great place to stop, stretch your legs and soak in the spectacular view from the point. The store boasts the island’s biggest collection of traditionally designed native crafts and aboriginal art. An historic marker commemorates an early Jesuit mission at Wikwemikong. Visit the Ten Mile Point Trading Post and Gallery. Open May to October. Bathrooms are available at the lookout. Fantastic scenery. Great photo opportunity. Sheguiandah Ontario
  36. THE LIVE EDGE - Waterfront Edge The Best Of Both Worlds Be our guest to world-class dining, with a casual atmosphere, right at the edge of the water. Our ever-changing menu is inspired by the farms, fields, water and wild beauty of the island. Gore Bay Ontario
  37. Thistle Do Nicely - Judy Nichols of Thistle Do Nicely in South Baymouth poses for a photo in her carriage house-turned Canadian artisan gift shop. photo by Alicia McCutcheon SOUTH BAYMOUTH-There's a new shop in South Baymouth, nestled amongst the greenery across from the community marina, Thistle Do Nicely-a gift shop featuring uniquely Canadian gifts by Canadian artisans. South Baymouth Ontario
  38. Wigwam Gift Shoppe - Time to kill before the ferry arrived. The gift shop was a perfect place to browse and pick up some warm clothes. Have a coffee at the coffee shop. Wigwam Gift Shoppe in South Baymouth Ontario
  39. Ward and Son General Store - They've Got It! R. A. Ward and Son General Store Tehkummah
  40. Wikwemikong Theatre and Arts - Wiikwemkoong Arts and Music Festival ... Debajehmujig was the first - and remains the only - professional theatre company located on a Reserve in Canada.


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Manitoulin Island Ontario

1420 Perivale Road East
Spring Bay, Ontario
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