Choose your experience…
This summer marked the grand opening of the new home of Great Spirit Circle Trail, complete with a visitor information centre and Aboriginal experiences area. Located in M’Chigeeng First Nation, the new facility welcomed over 1,000 visitors from June 9 – September 1, 2011 to Manitoulin Island and the surrounding area.
Tourism Ambassadors provided welcoming services to visitors from around the globe, sharing information about the local First Nations as well as events happening in and around Manitoulin. Throughout the summer guests could tour the Aboriginal experiences area and see traditional dwellings, learn about local plant life, or sit and reflect at the central fire pit, shaped in the image of the turtle – “the Anishinawbek calendar”.
The Great Spirit Circle Trail offers tours and excursions for independent travellers, families and all group sizes. Daily cultural activities can be explored such as canoe tours, nature hikes, horseback riding, Ojibwe traditional craft making, drum performances, walking tours, tasting teas of Manitoulin, and sampling Anishinaabe cuisine – all with an authentic Aboriginal feel.
Egbert and Sanne from The Netherlands, were first time visitors to Canada. Along their journey heading from the Western Coast of Canada to the Eastern Coast they stopped at Manitoulin Island.
“Driving through M’Chigeeng we stopped by the eye-catching information centre. We were immediately enthusiastic about the ‘experiences’ offered by the Great Spirit Circle Trail. The ‘Sunset canoe experience’ was scheduled for the same night so we decided to sign up, which we did not regret for a single moment! It was a close call with Niagara Falls, but this experience for sure is the most memorable thing we did during our holiday in Canada!”
– Egbert and Sanne, The Netherlands