Wikwemikong Bay of the Beaver
Located on the eastern peninsula, Wikwemikong is Manitoulin’s largest and only unceded (to the Crown) First Nation community. The residents of “Wiky” as they call it, are proud of their traditions. The community health centre is shaped like an eagle and it employs both medical practices and traditional aboriginal healing methods such as the sweat lodge and herbs. Talented local artists exhibit their work in galleries and studios.
Zaawmiknaang Crafts & Eatery is a great place to “go native”. It prepares traditional Anishinabe foods in summer to complement fully furnished tipi “glamping” and a kids’ playground. Traditional hand drumming and craft making are available by request.
Points of interest include the Heritage Centre museum at Beach Rd. Prairie Point is a scenic lookout and haven for wildflowers with a boat launch and picnic shelter located on Indian Dock Road off Rabbit Island Road. Bebamikawe Memorial Trail begins at 829 Beach Road with 14 km. of pathways in three loops, fitness stations, interpretive signage, a picnic pavilion, fire pit, toilets and lookout views of Cape Smith, the La Cloche Mountains and islands. Hikers should not be surprised if a friendly shepherd dog greets them; it is a very intelligent guide that will accompany them on the trail like the “Littlest Hobo”.
Wiky celebrates annual events such as the huge Cultural Festival on Civic Holiday weekendand De-Ba-Jeh-Mu-Jig Theatre. The theatre performs plays by native playwrights from last week of July to first week of August at the historic Jesuit mission ruins beside Holy Cross Church at the north end of town.