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An aboriginal legend tells of a grandmother who fell into the lake and became its island. The lake and village thus were named after the “old woman”. Mindemoya is centrally located on Manitoulin with accommodations, restaurants, shopping, golfing and a hospital. Resorts and campgrounds around Mindemoya Lake make it a prime area for a holiday. Manitoulin’s lakes warm up quickly, providing the earliest swimming of the season. In autumn numerous maple trees create a splendid show of colour throughout the district. The Old School Yard Park, next to the community centre on Hwy 542, has a stylish picnic gazebo, lampposts and a water garden. Across the road, Wagg’s Woods Nature Trail follows a creek through lush woods. A covered bridge, log cabin and blacksmith shop are tucked into the Pioneer Museum, beside the Welcome Centre at 2197 Hwy 551. It opens Mon.- Fri. 1-4 p.m., July and August or by appointment - 705-377-4045. Saturday Farmers’ Market is held at the arena July to early October, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Jack Seabrook’s Farm Museum is Manitoulin’s biggest collection of antique vehicles, located on Hwy 542 East. One building contains a full line of Massey tractors and a La France fire engine stands outside. Over 50 vintage tractors gleam with their original colours. All of the machines are meticulously labeled along with a 1927 Chevrolet, 1916 Model T Ford, a shiny red Diamond-T pickup truck and hundreds of smaller implements and tools. A George White steam engine proudly stands in the yard. The museum’s owner also displays a rare dugout canoe that was made by a native for one of her ancestors.
Some of Manitoulin’s nicest niches are located centrally between Mindemoya and Spring Bay: The Ketchankookem Trail passes two beaches and the boat launch on the northern outskirts of Mindemoya before joining Hwy 542. Nearby Island Spring Cottages maintains a lovely water garden and whimsical tree carvings. West of Mindemoya, a pretty picnic area is located near the outflow of the Mindemoya River.