People often ask me what there is to do on Manitoulin Island in the Winter. True, many of the businesses are closed until tourist season starts again in May, but there’s always something going on! If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and love keeping active with your family, you have got to check out the ice features and ice caves on Manitoulin Island.
Beware, as the temperature warms up, you won’t want to venture out in case the ice melts. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous when I saw some of the pressure cracks in the ice. I know that where we were walking was not too deep if we did fall through the ice, but it still made my heart skip a beat. Hubby ensured me that the ice was a few feet thick and if I looked at the cracks closely, I’d realize how thick the ice was.
We ventured out on Saturday with a few families (the children all friends of Little One). I was surprised to see how many people were checking out the ice caves and ice features! There must have been about twenty vehicles parked by the marina!
I made Hubby bring rope, his Winter First Aid Kit and other items just in case someone went through the ice. Though Mother Nature has blessed us with so much beauty to behold, we have to remember to be cautious.
It was a gorgeous, sunny day and perfect for taking a walk with family and friends. The little ones had a fabulous time! It was a veritable Winter Wonderland! Little One said it looked like a scene out of Frozen! I’m surprised no one broke out into song! No “Let it Go”!
To answer the question posed, there are many things to do on Manitoulin Island in the Winter. If you’re a busy, active person and you love the outdoors, you will never be bored here! The walk from the marina parking lot to the ice features took about thirty minutes to and thirty minutes from. We were out on the ice for over two hours though. So much beauty to take in.
For those interested in the distance, I was wearing my Fitbit and walked 11,897 steps (almost 4 miles).