Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island is located in Lake Huron, north of the Bruce Peninsula. The island separates the larger part of Lake Huron to its south and west from Georgian Bay to its east and the North Channel to the north.

Manitoulin Island contains a number of lakes of its own. In order of size, its three most prominent lakes are Lake Manitou, Lake Kagawong and Lake Mindemoya. Each of these three lakes in turn have islands within them, the largest of these being Lake Mindemoya’s 82-acre Treasure Island, located in the centre of Manitoulin. The island also has four major rivers: the Kagawong, Manitou River, Blue Jay Creek in Michael’s Bay and Mindemoya rivers, which provide spawning grounds for salmon and trout.

During the summer, the population (12,600 permanent residents) on the island grows by more than a quarter due to tourists coming for boating and other activities in scenic surroundings.

Year-round motor-vehicle access to the island is available via the one-lane Little Current Swing Bridge, which crosses the North Channel at Little Current. From late May to early October, a daily passenger-vehicle ferry, the MS Chi-Cheemaun (Ojibwe for “Big Canoe”), travels between Tobermory on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth. Winter ice prevents ferry service during that season.

Source: Wikipedia, June 2017

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