Path leading to Garden's Gate Restaurant on Manitoulin Island, Canda
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One Day on Manitoulin Island

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Although Manitoulin Island was mostly a stop off point to cut our journey to our next destination in half, we were pleasantly surprised by just how good our experience there turned out to be.

To get to the island we took the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth. I’d never actually taken a ferry before, so this was a really exciting experience for me. It was a beautiful day, so we gladly sat outside on the dock to enjoy the sunshine.

Looking over a white fence on a ferry to Manitoulin Island

Cup & Saucer Trail

From the ferry docks, we drove almost to the other side of the island to hike the raved about Cup & Saucer Trail. As we started the hike off, we were sure that we had headed in the wrong direction, but soon enough clifftop views of the island came into sight. We were absolutely blown away by the fact that there were lakes on an island in a lake, and stood for a good long while just admiring the sight before us.

View from the Cup and Saucer Trail, Manitoulin Island, Canada

Bridal Veil Falls

From the Cup & Saucer Trail, we drove to Bridal Veil Falls, a cute little waterfall (especially in comparison to Niagara Falls, where we had been only a few days before) that falls into a swimming hole. Although we didn’t swim, we did wade our feet in the water and found it to be pleasantly warm.

Bridal Veil Falls, Manitoulin Island, Canada

Easily the thing that we were most excited about for our time on Manitoulin Island was our accommodation for the night – a teepee on a horse ranch that we had found on Airbnb. When we got there all of our expectations were not only met but exceeded. We were immediately greeted by a gaggle of adorable kittens and just about the cutest Rottweiler I’ve ever seen, and our teepee was amazing.

Teepee Glamping on Manitoulin Island, Canada

 

Rumbles the Cat hiding in the base of the Teepee on Manitoulin Island, Canada
We named him Rumbles

At this point we were seriously starving, so we drove a little way down the road to Garden’s Gate Restaurant – a locally owned, locally sourced restaurant filled with the nicest staff I’ve ever met. The perfectly chill ending to a perfectly chill day on Manitoulin Island.

Path leading to Garden's Gate Restaurant on Manitoulin Island, Canda

A Hamburger at Garden's Gate Restaurant, Manitoulin Island, Canada
The most delicious burger OF ALL TIME

MY FAVORITE TRAVEL TIPS & RESOURCES

Booking Flights: The first place I turn when I’m searching for flights is actually just Google Flights - it’s great to figure out what sort of routes are available. Then, I check Skyscanner and Kiwi for deals. I also love Kiwi for its destination: anywhere feature!

Transportation: I love Omio for figuring out the cheapest way to get from one place to another, and Trainline for booking train tickets within Europe.

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Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Travel Insurance: I knew that I shouldn’t travel without insurance for the longest time, but I really learned my lesson when I got an infected cut in Bali. Thank goodness I had travel insurance! I use and love World Nomads for their extremely comprehensive coverage.

Tours: I always check Urban Adventures for great day tours of cities first–I’m obsessed with them! GetYourGuide and Viator are also great options. For multi-day tours, I highly recommend Intrepid.

Camera Gear: I use a Sony Alpha A6300 camera with an 18-105 mm lens and a 35 mm lens. My tripod is the MeFoto Backpacker Air and I loooooove it! I also use a DJI Mavic Air and a GoPro and which allow me to capture everything my regular camera can’t.

Addie Gray is a recent college grad and a passionate solo female traveler. Having traveled to more than 20 countries, she now shares her knowledge on budget travel, solo female travel, and travel photography.

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