It's one of Northern Ontario's best-kept secrets and a destination of choice for visitors looking to enjoy boating and other outdoor activities in scenic surroundings. With a year-round population of fewer than 15,000 people, Manitoulin Island is home to more than 100 inland lakes and has a laid-back lifestyle that continues with the arrival of tourists - making the Island ideal for a stress-free vacation without the crowds often found in other holiday destinations.
If Manitoulin Island is on your RV vacation itinerary, it would be a great idea to rent an RV from our location in Toronto and then explore Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula before boarding the ms Chi Cheemaun ferry (May to October) to the Island. This will bring you to South Baymouth at the south-eastern corner of the Island. Numbered highways will take you as far west as Meldrum Bay and east to Manitowaning with the many winding roads inbetween taking you to historic and beautiful places.
RVers are welcome on the Island with many Manitoulin Island campgrounds dotted along its highways, the majority providing water views. Select one of these as your base for exploring the island then set out. Stop to be splashed under Bridal Veil Falls at Kagawong, hike the Cup and Saucer Trail at M'Chigeeng, visit the museum at Mindemoya, let the kids play in the sand at Providence Bay Beach or sample the local brew in Gore Bay - the list of things to do here in virtually endless.
The junction of highways 6 and 540 will take you to the island's northern gateway at Little Current. The town's most famous landmark is the swing bridge. The bridge will take you onto Goat Island then north, passing numerous lakes to the Trans Canada Highway. From here the highway takes you east to Sudbury, Algonquin Park and Ottawa or west to Sault Ste Marie.