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Here you will give you some fun things that can be experienced at or near Bayshore Cottage!
Golfing There are four courses within a half hour drive of the cottage!
  • Idyll Glen - Mindemoya (20 minutes west)
  • Gore Bay Golf Club - Gore Bay (35 minutes west)
  • Golf Club (18 hole) - Manitowaning (45 minutes east)
  • Espanola Golf Club (18 hole) - Espanola (60 minutes north)
Hiking
  • Cup and Saucer (3 k from the cottage) has a short (2K) and a longer hike (5K), well marked and spectacular views from the top (and is part of the World Biosphere). It is an extension of the Niagara Escarpment. NOTE - it does involve some climbing
  • Bridal Veil Falls & Hiking Trail has a beautiful view of the falls and a trail that winds down along the river to the town of Kagawong and then another short walk back to the parking area
  • Misery Bay - A new Provincial day use park with great trails, sand beach, interpretive centre (great for kids), picnic, swimming.  A bit of a drive but has become our favourite and annual trek http://www.miserybay.org/

 

  • Other trails exist in various locations on the Island, but these two are our favourite
Dining Out
  • There are several excellent places to dine out. These are some of our favourites:

    Garden's Gate Restaurant **** (app. 30 minutes away in Tehkummah) is an award winning country restaurant (Where to Eat in Canada) with fine dining at modest prices. Whitefish to die for! Do not be in a rush, they cook the food from scratch (Reservations required) http://www.manitoulin-island.com/gardensgate/

    The School House Restaurant - Providence Bay**** (app. 45 minutes away) - has excellent food. http://aubergeinn.ca/2011/03/06/fine-dining-at-the-school-house-restaurant-manitoulin-island-march-break-2011/

    Red Lodge ** (10 minutes away on Lake Manitou) has nice German and Canadian cusine Food  http://www.manitoulin-island.com/redlodge/

Fresh and Smoked Fish
  • Every Friday afternoon, Purvis Brothers have a truck in Mindemoya (parking lot next to grocery store) selling fresh whitefish, trout and smoked fish.
  • Cold Water Fishery that sells a wide variety of local and east coast fish, scallops, lobster in Little Current (behind Beer Store).
  • The grocery stores in both Little Current and Mindemoya always have trout and whitefish (we prefer the whitefish).

Dan who rented in 2007 took $200 in vacuum packed rainbow trout home (from Cold Water Fishery in Little Current).

Horseback Riding
  • There is a riding stable 3 K from the cottage near Silver Birches lodge. There are also other stables available.
Native Culture
  • Native Culture - There are many native art galleries in M'Chigeeng and Wikwemikong that feature local artists. The Objibway Cultural Centre in M'Chigeeng is worth a stop. There is theatre in Wikwemikong that is also quite nice.
Children's Pottery Making
Art Galleries
  • Edwards Art Gallery in Kagawong is quite nice.
  • Perivale Art Gallery at 1320 Perivale Rd, Spring Bay (on Lake Kagawong is harder to find but a nice little gallery.
  • Ten Mile Point and Trading Post - not only one of the best viewing points (ten miles from Little Current on Highway 6) it has a gift shop with outstanding native art, crafts and much more.. Well worth the trip to visit.
  • There a also some galleries in Little Current
  • Native Galleries are located in M'Chigeeng
Museums
  • There are excellent local museums that feature early life on Manitoulin in Manitowaning and Sheguiandah that are worth a visit.
Sight Seeing
  • Sight Seeing Tour

Suggest packing a lunch, and head towards Kagawong where you can view the famous Bridal Veil Falls, for a walk along the river and hike back up the road. While there, check out Edwards Gallery, the Chocolait Factory or the African store or the old fashion candy story.

Move on to Gore Bay and look for "The Bluffs" just outside of town with a spectacular view of the harbour

Head over to Providence Bay for a nice beach experience.

  • Museum Tour

Drive to Little Current and a walk along the dock with views of the swing bridge and look for Farqhuar's hand dipped ice cream.

Then take highway 6 to Sheguiandah and visit the Howland Museum.

After that, move along highway 6 with a stop at "Ten Mile Point for a fantastic view of the channel and a visit to the gift shop.

Keep going to Manitowaning to visit their museum for a true taste of frontier life on Manitoulin Island.

After visiting the museum, head back towards Little Current again and backtrack along Bidwell Road (see directions to cottage) for a pleasant view of the country.

  • There are plenty of side trips and places to explore. Visitor Centres can provide detailed advice for you of places to see.
Fishing and Boating
  • There is no dock at the cottage (too rough to keep a dock in) but there are boat launches in Little Current, Rockville, and M'Chigeeng to fish for lake trout, salmon, rainbow trout, Nipigon Speckled Trout, pike perch, walleye or bass. You can also rent boats at local lodges.
  • There is a canoe (jackets and paddles) at the cottage for use of guests
  • There are a few excellent charter operators in Little Current and South Bay Mouth that offer day trips

Other Facilities:
  • Banking - There is a Toronto Dominion and a Bank of Montreal (with bank machines) in Little Current. Other towns have only Bank of Montreal
  • Hospitals & Urgent Care - Little Current and Mindemoya both have a hospital and urgent care facilities (Little Current is recommended)
  • Groceries
    • Foodland Grocery Store - Mindemoya is a new and excellent grocery store, carries fresh fish, has a liquor and beer and a full pharmacy.
    • GG's and Food Mart - Little Current carries good line of groceries.
    • Cold Water Fishery - Little Current (behind beer store) has a wide variety of fresh and frozen fish and other seafood
  • Bakery - Mums Bakery and Restaurant - Mindemoya is a "Gem" that has excellent baking. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
  • Liquor Stores - Little Current has a beer store and liquor store. Mindemoya has Liquor/Beer outlet within the same store
  • Ice Cream - NO visit to Manitoulin is complete without hand dipped Farquhars Ice Cream. Try it and be your own judge.
Relax and Enjoy

Better still, what about a glass of wine, a good book, nice fire in the fire pit or simply curl up in the sun room with a coffee and good book (or not) and listen to the waves and tree leaves? If it is cold enough, there is always the wood stove.

PLEASE ONLY USE WOOD LOCATED NEAR PUMP HOUSE FOR FIRE PIT

As one guest stated "What a place, I even took my teeth out!"

Links To Other Sites
  • For general information on Manitoulin Island Tourism and community events, please go to:

 http://www.manitoulintourism.com/

  • For local newspaper (Manitoulin Expositor) please go to:

http://www.manitoulin.ca/

 

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