COTTAGES ON MANITOULIN ISLAND
Hiking & Cycling
on Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island is home to some of Ontario’s most picturesque landscapes and hiking trails. Guests can climb or cycle along these trails towards breathtaking cliffs, waterfalls, and provincial parks. Cyclists are warned to let ferry traffic get well ahead of them on Highway 6, and to watch out for logging trucks, slow-moving farm vehicles, and the occasional cattle drive and yes, we have hills!
Below are the four most popular hiking & cycling destinations on Manitoulin Island and all are within a short distance of The Bear’s Inn:
CUP & SAUCER TRAIL
The Cup & Saucer Trail is one of the most popular destinations on Manitoulin Island, but is also one of the most difficult. The trail features 2 kms of dramatic cliffs and breathtaking views and over 12 kms of hiking trails. This trail is located off the North Shore of Manitoulin Island, 18 kms west of Little Current, at the junction of Hwy 540 & Bidwell Road. This is truly one of the most popular trails in Ontario and can provide anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours of hiking pleasures. Be sure to wear proper foot wear for this trail and it is recommended guests only climb to the peak in good weather.
BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
The trail leading to Bridal Veil Falls is located on Hwy 540 at the entrance to Kagawong. A picnic area at the top of the falls provides a vantage point of the landscape and the trail follows down the falls to both sides of the stream leading to the bay. Guests can take a dip in the water and complete a walking tour of the old town. Allow 1 to 2 hours to complete this excursion.
MISERY BAY PROVINCIAL NATURE RESERVE
Misery Bay is a 860 hectare provincial park on the south shore of Manitoulin Island and a ten minute drive west of Evansville. There are two trails, each about 5 kms long which feature mixed woodland, old beach ridges and rare alvars. Allow 2 to 4 hours to make your way through the reserve. The location is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
THE GREAT CIRCLE SPIRIT TRAIL
Partake in a self guided tour of Manitoulin’s First Nation Communities. By walking the Great Circle Spirit Trail, guests can take part in interactive teachings and daily activities about past and present First Nations tribes and their unique culture. Advanced registration is not always necessary, but appreciated. This excursion is recommended for the whole family.