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Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. Looking at a map of Ontario, find Lake Huron. Across the very top (north) is Manitoulin Island. As you can see by the map, Hutchinson’s Cabins in Sandfield is central to the island: an excellent location for making day trips to Manitoulin’s many exciting attractions.
Drive here from Southern Ontario: Take Hwy 6 through Collingwood, up to Tobermory, and take the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry across to the island. Or, take Hwy 400 up through Barrie, and Sudbury. Then head west on Hwy 17 to Espanola, and take the 6 to the island, crossing via our 90-year old swing bridge at Little Current!
From the rest of Canada…just take the transcanada highway! From our neck of the wood’s it’s ‘Hwy 17’.
By Air: Manitoulin has two airports. The closest to Hutchinson’s is in NEMI (Little Current) 705-859-3009. Car rental services are available.
Fun stuff along the way: On Hwy 6, after Espanola, as you drive through the LaCloche mountains, the road is very winding and the views are astounding. A lovely place to stop and take pictures is about 12 minutes after leaving Espanola. The road is taking a climb and the rocks around you are turning from pink into white quartz. Drive slowly and turn your left blinker on to warn the car behind you. At the top of the road there is a curve to the left and a steep downwards slope confronts you. Immediately on your left is an exit ‘to Willisville’. It’s a steep little road, with a parking lot right there on your right. Park there. Across the road a fabulous hike following the red spray-paint dots takes about 20-40 minutes and the view from the top of this mountain is truly breathtaking. Late July thru’ August there’s blueberries all along the way. Watch out for the odd poison ivy (leaves of three, let them be! Also has a reddish stalk and the leaves often ‘droop’). Once on the island, on ‘Manitowaning Rd’ (Hwy 6) about 10 minutes past Little Current, another amazing view at the top of the hill past Sheguiandah, at ’10 mile point’ is worth getting out for. See you soon!