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The century-old swing bridge in Little Current still swings every hour for 15 minutes to let the boats make the passage between Georgian Bay and the world-famous sailing destination found in the North Channel.
Northern Ontario is so quiet you can hear the bird’s wings while cycling along our quiet country roads. Everything moves at a leisurely pace on Manitoulin Island, so much so, the locals call it “Manitoulin Time”.
You will discover the rare treasures of Manitoulin’s world-famous Alvars. Alvars (a Swedish word) are globally rare, and found in naturally open habitats .
Manitoulin is blessed with incredible natural beauty mainly because of the rock formations. The fractures create blocks of various sizes called “clints.” The spaces between them are called “grikes.”
The Alvar vegetation is a rare and sensitive ecosystem that is not found outside the Great Lakes basin. Native grasses, shrubs and flowers manage to eke out a living under extreme fluctuating conditions of temperature, moisture and poor soils.
Manitoulin Island has become one of the most sought-after cycling destinations in Ontario with over 800km of suggested cycling routes and over 45km of off-road trails, and 108 picturesque inland lakes. Just a great place to plan a cycle tour in Canada,
You will have a chance to visit beautiful Art Galleries, some featuring exquisite Native Art from the Ojibawa First Nations living on Manitoulin.
We will show you some of the trees noted in the Nature Club’s Tree registry. Sometimes these trees have a long story to tell making them a “witness” tree.
Tour Dates & Fees
Lodging & Meals
Distances & Rating
Manitoulin has very gentle hills and not much elevation on the route chosen for this particular package.
We will have two groups, starting and ending the day in very close proximity, making it ideal for cycling partners with different riding needs and wants.
Total distance travelled by bike:
Group 1, 280km Group 2, 463km
Daily distance: due to many construction projects planned between 2016-2018 the distances may change
Day 1 58km & Ferry Day 1 76km & Ferry
Day 2 55km Day 2 97km
Day 3 60km Day 3 111km
Day 4 56km Day 4 96km
Day 5 51km & Ferry Day 5 83km & Ferry
Relax on Providence Bay’s Sand Beach
Perivale Gallery one of many fine Art Galleries
Sugar Maple witness tree found at Maja’s Garden - Mindemoya
Vista from Ten Mile Point lookout over Georgian Bay and the North Channel.
Big old Barns are fast becoming relics of the past
Alvar Treasure Rides
Pump your pedals on Manitoulin - heart of the Great Lakes
Ontario Great Lakes Cycle Tours
Your cycling adventure begins with the Ferry passage to the Island on the M.S. Chi-Cheemaun, meaning: The Big Canoe, in Ojibwa. A rich experience awaits you on this cycling tour. You will be exposed to fascinating Great Lakes marine history, with lighthouses, an old ferry boat, and museum displays, telling of a time when boats connected the lovely little towns
All Inclusive Cycling Vacation
Ride Fee: $980 / person - no HST added (double occupancy)
$1200 / person - no HST added (single occupancy) - space limited
Your Ride includes:
Mississagi Lighthouse, one of many lighthouses on Manitoulin.
One of the many
inland lake stops
Enjoy the Sandhill Cranes and their spectacular size and sound
Alvar on the south shore of Lake Huron