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Sheguiandah Manitoulin's oldest settlement

Manitoulin’s geology is part of the Niagara Escarpment with the high cliffs appearing on the east and North Channel, while the flattest areas dip into Lake Huron to the south. Sheguiandah is located at the exposed, scenic side. Bass Lake Creek creates a pretty cascade past a replica of the water-powered Batman Sawmill. A viewing platform is located beside a fish ladder where jumping fish can be observed during spring or fall spawning runs. A picturesque boardwalk links this park with the village along Dunlop St. Docks, launch ramps, toilets and a picnic area provide parking and access to the lake. Sheguiandah Bay has some of Manitoulin’s best waterfront camping with shallow, sandy beaches. Sheguiandah First Nation’s Living Heritage Park is located on Ogemah Mikan (Rd). The rolling countryside is very pretty along Townline Road, Green Bay Road and Bidwell Road. Bass Lake and Pike Lake are productive for fishing. Green Bay Park has a lovely beach and picnic area located at Green Bay on Manitou Lake. Sheguiandah Waterfront Park beach and playground is located at the lower end of Mill Street.

Ten Mile Point is located a few kilometers south of Sheguiandah on Hwy 6. Situated on the escarpment high above the shoreline, a roadside park and hiking trail present a spectacular view of the Killarney Mountains and islands across the bay. On a clear day over a thousand square kilometers are visible. Children can enjoy playing in the tipi on the grounds. After enjoying the gorgeous scenery, visitors can admire equally impressive displays inside the Ten Mile Point Trading Post & Gallery, which exhibits the island’s biggest collection of traditionally designed native crafts and aboriginal art.

Lewis Twin Peaks Trail begins in Sheguiandah next to the small dam beside Hwy 6. It follows the stream through lush forest and climbs the hills for nice vistas of Bass Lake and Sheguiandah Bay. Another route to the lookout is from the Strawberry Channel Viewpoint on Hwy 6 via Green Bush Road.

Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah is located on Hwy 6 where it showcases splendid pioneer heirloom artifacts and historical photographs. It also hosts periodic art exhibitions and summer children’s art programs. An impressive collection of fossils and prehistoric stone tools were excavated from a 9,500 year-old archaeological site just north of the village where prehistoric inhabitants gathered a particular type of rock that was used for making cutting tools. An historical walking tour of the village describes many other hidden points of interest. Ample parking, children’s playground, picnic area and washrooms are located among mature hardwoods. The museum opens Tue.-Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during spring and fall and daily during summer.

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