Destination guide

Discover the magic of Manitoulin Island

From rugged waterscapes to rich First Nations history, there's something magical about Manitoulin Island. The name means "spirit" in the native Ojibwe language and the island lives up to its reputation, with a wonderland of sandy beaches, lush pine forests and sparkling lakes to discover. Over the years, it has emerged as a sanctuary for free spirits, luring everyone from artists and writers to yogis and young families. The island is dotted with small communities, each with its own unique charm. From rustic cottages in Providence Bay to secluded cabins by Lake Kagawong, Manitoulin Island vacation rentals promise a unique stay.

Activities

First Nations culture on Manitoulin Island

While it's tempting to bunk down on the deck of your Manitoulin Island vacation rentals cottage, it would be sacrilege not to explore the island's scenic hiking trails. The 11-kilometer Cup and Saucer Lookout Trail is one of the most-popular routes, winding up to the island's highest point. Manitoulin Island is dotted with Aboriginal reserves that offer a warm welcome to visitors. There's no better way to discover local Anishinabek culture than the Great Sprit Circle Trail experience. Guests are immersed in smudging ceremonies, rain dances, campfire gatherings and more.

Weather

Long days and sunshine on Manitoulin Island

High season spans from May through October, when Manitoulin Island enjoys long days and plenty of sunshine. Ferry services are in full swing and the island hums with activity. It's best to make ferry reservations if you're traveling over long weekends in July or August. The season peaks with the annual Haweater Festival and Wikwemikong Cultural Festival, both held in August. The latter is one of Canada's biggest First Nations Pow Wows and attracts visitors from across the globe. Gear up for dancing, drumming, singing and more.

Natural features

Explore the Great Lakes from Manitoulin Island

Perched on Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island is part of North America's Great Lakes region. It covers a footprint of over 1600-square-kilometers, which makes it the largest freshwater lake island on the planet. Access is via passenger and car ferries that run from Tobermory in around 2 hours. The island is dotted with over 100 freshwater lakes, as well as a handful of rivers that serve as an important habitat for salmon and trout. Fall is a sweet spot for wildlife viewing, with the chance to spot turtles, sandhill cranes and the famous salmon run.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Manitoulin Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Manitoulin Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Michigan: 10,210 vacation rentals
  • United States: 526,400 vacation rentals
  • Alpena: 51 vacation rentals
  • Lake Huron: 4,333 vacation rentals
  • Drummond Island: 44 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Manitoulin Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Manitoulin Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Manitoulin Island:

  • Alpena: 51 rentals
  • Tobermory: 117 rentals
  • Presque Isle: 31 rentals
  • Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands: 55 rentals
  • Drummond: 43 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Manitoulin Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Manitoulin Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Big Tub Lighthouse: 129 rentals
  • Dyer's Bay Beach: 180 rentals
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park: 159 rentals
  • Fathom Five National Marine Park: 99 rentals
  • Pirate's Cove: 46 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Manitoulin Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.