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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Posted by:quill18.
Time:9:35 am.

Largest island in a lake
Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron - DUH!

Largest lake on an island in a lake
Lake Manitou on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron

Largest island in a lake on an island in a lake
Island in Mindemoya Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron
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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Subject:All Good Things
Posted by:quill18.
Time:10:23 am.
For nearly 28 years now, I have lived on this earth. I have moved to new towns. I have made new friends. I have lost old ones. As you grow older, there are many things that you need to leave behind, and that makes those few rare gems that last so much more precious.

At this moment, outside of my family, there is only one thing I can think of that has always been there for me, my entire life. In Northern Ontario, where I live, there is an island in the Great Lake Huron called Manitoulin Island. We just call it "the Island" around here.

It is the largest freshwater island in the world and home to the only unceded native reserve in Canada. Its geology attracts hundreds of students each year, inspired thousands of photos, and is one of the reasons that tens of thousands of tourists visit our beautiful rock.

The only way to drive onto the Island is over a century-old swing-bridge, a designated Canadian Heritage site. Alternatively, you could take one of the ferries across. Either way, from the moment you set foot in this marvelous place you can feel time slow down. No one hurries on the Island. It's the only place in the world where I can just sit...and be happy to do nothing.

But even on the island itself, no one place has been a staple for me. When I was born, my parents owned Hideaway Lodge, a small cottage resort they bought second-hand. When I was a year old they sold it and built a rustic cottage deep in the woods. No electricity. No running water. It's not a hunt camp - my parents don't do that. We just went and enjoyed the peace and quiet.

When I was about six years old, my parents bought another cottage resort, Sunset Motel and Cottages, which they own to this day. Two years later, to the great chagrin of me and my siblings, we sold the cottage in the woods. Even Sunset has been transformed over the last twenty years - not one of the original cottages stand as they did then.

I don't go to the island as often as I did anymore. It used to be every weekend from spring through fall, even when we lived 4.5 hours away (in Timmins). Yes, that's 9 hours of driving every weekend. But while I don't go as often, I've made sure to be extra indulgent about the One True Part of my childhood that had remained.

Farquhar's Ice Cream.

In a small town on the island called Mindemoya ("little old lady"), an ancient building housed some antique ice cream equipment, operated by three people. From these old churns were born thirty flavours of pure bliss - unheard of in my youth of Vanilla, Chocolate, and sometimes Strawberry. Made from real cream, from local cows, there was simply nothing better in the world. Oh sure, Haagen Daaz is decadent...but when you want an Ice Cream Cone - two giant scoops, in a waffle cone - you went to their little store and got yourself a real Ice Cream Cone.

No one...

No one who has visited the Island on my watch has escaped without trying Farquhar's Ice Cream. And no one could claim that it was anything less than the best.

But as you get older, there are things that you must leave behind.

By all that is Right and Good in this world, I will one day open an old fashioned creamery and ice cream parlor on Manitoulin island and restore a little bit of light to this world.
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Subject:Haweater 2005
Posted by:quill18.
Time:3:40 pm.
I'm working on a book of photographs of Manitoulin. I took a bunch of pictures this Haweater weekend. You can find them here:


Sorry for some of the near duplicates - still trying to widdle down the list.
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Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Subject:Swing Bridge
Posted by:quill18.
Time:12:10 am.
How cool is that...the satellite imagery on Google Maps has the bridge midway through a swing! Check it out!
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Posted by:fairykiss.
Time:9:01 am.
Mood: homesick.
woah I'm feeling homesick now

I'm from Sudbury but we have a camp in Providence Bay and we normally go there many times between may and september Normally the long weekend in may is our 1st camping trip to the Island for the year.

I haven't been to my camp since september 04 and wont be till probably may 06 another year from now because I'm currently living in Australia.. dont get me wrong I love Australia but I sure do miss home.

We used to camp at the South bay mouth camp ground we used to go there for salmon fishing and then my dad purchased some property in Providence Bay for both salmon fishing and hunting I used the camp for swimming and generale camping things. I love the beach there is really beautiful but freezing cold. My dad built his own camp its still in the process of beeing finished.. still no running water but hey we have electricity.

I can't wait to get back there and just relax and listen to the sounds of nature....
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Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Subject:Hello, bonjour.
Posted by:canadiangirl16.
Time:10:24 pm.
Ah, a community for my favourite place on earth, Manitoulin Island. My name is Heather, and I'm from Sudbury. I remember the first time I went to Manitoulin when I was younger; my neighbours invited my family to stay with them at their "cottage" (their grandparents' house) in Kagawong. That was when I fell in love with the Island. Quite a few years later my dad was looking for somewhere to rent a cottage in the summer, and luckily we got a week at Holiday Haven, just outside Manitowaning, on Lake Manitou. It is absolutely gorgeous there!! This year will be our 6th staying there; we almost lost our week because of the wonky school schedule (that's a whole other can of worms), but we managed to get another one. Going to Manitoulin each summer is the best part of my year.

Hopefully we'll see this community grow, and more people will share the Manitoulin love!
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Monday, November 15th, 2004

Posted by:lawnorder4all.
Time:1:20 am.
Mood: excited.
Hi there. I'm Julielyn, and I was pretty geeked when I saw this
community up and running. I'm American, but I feel like I've spent
nearly half my life on the island. My family's owned property on the
island since the early 1930's. We now own several pieces of land in
South Baymouth.

I have spent most of my summers in South Bay at our two cottages, and
we can see the Chi-Cheemaun come in and out all day long. I love it up
there, and if it weren't so far away, I'd get up more often throughout
the year instead of just in the summers. As deserted as I'm sure it
gets, I'd love to see the island in the dead of winter, because I've
seen plenty of pictures, but I'm sure its just as goregous.

This past summer I spent over a month there, and did a lot work and
research into Native Art. I have such a new and wonderful appreciation
for it, particularly the quill work, since I know its literally a dying
art. I love all things Canadian (sorry if it sounds like I'm such a
wannabe) and after this latest election, I'm soooooo ready to move
there for good!!

Anyways, kudos on the community, it looks great and I was really geeked
to see you put an entry into the Wikipedia, from one kind of computer
geek to another - its awesome!!
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Saturday, September 25th, 2004

Posted by:quill18.
Time:11:16 am.
Hello, and welcome to the Manitoulin Island community. My name is Martin Glaude, and I created this community because I am in love with Manitoulin Island and the North Shore area. I am fascinated by its history and delighted by its everyday.

I've never lived on the Island full-time, but I have spent a considerable portion of my life there. When I was born, my parents owned Hideaway Lodge. (My mother loves to tell people how was was breastfeed in a particular cabin there. I'm still in therapy.) When I was jut over a year old, my parents sold the lodge and bought a property in the Bay Estates, off highway 6 near Ten Mile Point - no hydro or running water! When I was six or seven (in the mid-eighties), my parents bought Sunset Motel and Cottages in Little Current, which we have owned ever since.

At the moment, I have a major desire to learn more about the Island and bring information about it to the world. One way I want to do this is to expand the number of entries about the Island on Wikipedia, a free, online encyclopedia that anyone can add information to. The other way will be to create a website about the Island that has a real community feel to it. A kind of photographic tour of the island with lots of personal stories. I'd like to website setup so that anyone can contribute. That will come later.

In the meantime, please join the community and post your own Manitoulin Island experiences and let us know about upcoming events!
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Posted by:quill18.
Time:11:10 am.
From Wikipedia:

Lake Huron's Manitoulin Island is the world's largest freshwater lake island, with an area of 2,766 square kilometres (1068 square miles). Part of Ontario, Canada, the island separates the larger part of Lake Huron to its south and west from Georgian Bay to its east. Manitoulin Island itself has 108 freshwater lakes - some of which have their own islands. Lake Manitou is the largest lake in a freshwater island in the world. The island has three rivers: the Kagawong, Manitou and Mindemoya Rivers, which provide spawning grounds for Atlantic Salmon and trout.

There are 18 towns on Manitoulin, which includes six Ojibwa reserves. During the summer months the population on the island grows by more than a quarter of its usual size due to the popularity of boating and other activities offered to tourists.

The Island is generally considered to be a continuation of the Niagara Escarpment, a geological structure running south into Niagara Falls and continuing into New York. The Cup and Saucer Hiking Trail, which climbs the escarpment, provides a spectacular lookout over the island.

Year-round motor vehicle access to the island is via a one lane swing bridge that crosses the North Channel at Little Current. From late spring to early October, a daily passenger-vehicle ferry, the Chi-Cheemaun, travels between Tobermory on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island.

Manitoulin Island's soil is relatively alkaline, which precludes the growth of common Northern Ontario flora like blueberries, and allows for the island's trademark hawberries. These berries are so distinctive that the island's residents are referred to as Haweaters. Each year on the August long weekend, the island hosts the Haweater Festival. The festival is a large tourist draw and includes parades, firework shows, craft shows, and rural competitions such as horse pulls.


"Manitoulin" means "spirit island" in the Ojibwe language. The island was a sacred place for the native Anishnabe people who were Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi.

The North Channel was part of the route used by the voyageurs to reach Lake Superior. The first known European to settle on the island was Father Joseph Poncet, a French Jesuit, who set up a mission near Wikwemikong in 1648. The Jesuits called the island "Isle de Ste. Marie". Diseases introduced by the visitors had a devastating effect on the island's population. Raids from the south by the Five Nations Iroquois drove the remaining people from the island by 1650. According to oral tradition, the island was burned to purify it as they left and it remained largely unsettled for the next 150 years.

Native people began to return to the island following the War of 1812. In 1862, the Manitoulin Island treaty opened up the island for settlement by non-native people. The Wikwemikong chief did not accept this treaty and that reserve remains unceded.
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