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Introducing Manitoulin Island

A trip to Manitoulin is like one giant tongue-twister. The names of its different regions sound like meditation mantras or mythical beasts: Mindemoya, Sheguiandah (shuh-gwin-dah), Wikwemikong. Haweaters (people born on Manitoulin) will spot you a mile away as you fumble over six-syllable words. But don't let these syllabic setbacks deter you from visiting – Manitoulin is truly an island of dreaming and secrets. Although there's little sense of being on an island (it's the largest freshwater island in the world), the jagged expanses of white quartzite and granite outcrops lead to breathtaking vistas and hidden runes.

As you cross the bridge into Little Current, consider stopping at the Manitoulin Tourism Association and pick up a free copy of the Bluewater Visitor Guide, which has a handy map of the island (known locally as the 'Turner's Map'). Small info booths in Gore Bay and Manitowaning are staffed during July and August (hours fluctuate according to volunteer availability).