Manitowaning, ON, CAN

Manitowaning, ON, CAN

Attractive and friendly Manitowaning at the south end of the bay is where the first Europeans settled on Manitoulin Island. St. Paul’s Church, the oldest in these parts, dates from 1845. There is an excellent historical museum in the village that was built in 1878 as a jail and eventually became the Assiginack Museum (125 Arthur St., 705-859-3905). The last passenger ship to have operated on the Great Lakes, the steam-powered S.S. Norisle, steamed out of here and is on display at Heritage Park.

Gordon’s Park holds star viewing nights in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) designated dark sky preserve with 360-degree viewing, no light pollution and some of the darkest skies in Ontario. This is also one of the more southernly northern locations in Ontario that has the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), sometimes on a weekly basis.

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