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Manitoulin Island, Ontario, the largest freshwater island in the world

Nalynn Dolan Caine |
Beautiful Manitoulin Island in Ontario is a unique scenic region, where native life and legend meld with European history to provide an unforgettable experience.

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The island town of Manitowaning was the first European settlement, whilst Wikwemikong remains the only unceded Indian Reserve in Canada.

Like all Northern Ontarians, the people of Manitoulin Island are active in the outdoors all year round, and find many occasions to share in healthy celebrations of local foods with neighbours and visitors. A wide range of cultural arts and entertainment activities are found across the Island, as well as sporting and recreational activities in all seasons.

Manitoulin Island is the place where life moves slower and time and water flow gently together.

Awaken to the awesome beauty of an island sun, rising over crystal clear lakes, warming azure waters are inviting you to enjoy island's endless shoreline.

Manitoulin Island itself has 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn several of these “islands within islands” have their own ponds.

Lake Manitou, 104 sq km, is the largest lake in a freshwater island in the world with an area of 2,766 sq km and Treasure Island in Lake Mindemoya is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake in the world.

Manitoulin 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 has two incorporated towns, eight townships, and six First Nations.

It is home to about 12,000 permanent residents about 40% First Nation and 60% of European extraction.

What sets Manitoulin apart from most other Canadian communities is the unique relationship, indeed partnership, that the two communities have.

Manitoulin Island is a geological wonderland, and home to a great variety of interesting and sometimes unique flora and fauna.

Salmon and trout spawn on the Mindemoya, Kagawong and Manitou rivers.

Lakes Manitou, Kagawong and Mindemoya are internationally known fishing destinations.

Georgian Bay and Lake Huron’s North Channel, with their drinkable clear water, are consistently ranked as one of the finest cruising destinations in the world.

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