If you are south of Manitoulin Island, catch the ferry from Tobermory to South Baymooth. (Spend a little time in Tobermory - always a fun place to visit). If you are north of Manitoulin Island, take Hwy #6 southbound from Espanola, getting onto the island at Little Current.
The 2-hour ferry ride on the MS Chi-Cheemaun from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island is a very enjoyable trip. The ferry has motorcycle rope tie-downs on board. Manitoulin Island also contains 108 inland lakes, some of which have their own islands. From Bridal Veil Falls to the Benjamin Islands, drum workshops to horseback riding, Manitoulin has it all.
The route is 4 hours. Give yourself plenty of additional time for exploring. The route winds itself through small towns, never hitting a major highway. The road is not technically challenging. Rather, it's a lovely, relaxing road, wending through villages and gorgeous sights.
Manitoulin Island is the world's largest freshwater island. It's also home to Canada's first European settlement, the town of Manitowaning, and the historic Anishinaabe settlement. Manitoulin Island is a paradise for boaters, hikers, cyclists, golfers, equine enthusiasts, and fishermen alike. Vibrant native communities, distinguished art galleries, museums, and a large variety of shops make Manitoulin Island a very diverse holiday destination. Over the summer months you will find art tours, a large variety of workshops, kid's summer programs, and many local festivals.
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Manitoulin Island means “Spirit Island” or “cave of the spirit” in Ojibwe, referring to an underwater cave in the local lore.