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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.