From: May To: mid-October (marina)
From: May To: mid-October (museum)
Hours: Marina: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Township of Billings
Billings Township on Manitoulin Island, adjoins the North Channel close to the famous Benjamin Islands boating area. The port village of Kagawong has harbour facilities for small and large boats, and marine repair facilities are located nearby. Reach Kagawong by Highway 540, between M’Chigeeng and Gore Bay. The community offers a fine swimming beach with public washrooms, playground and basketball court. The mechanical parts of the former hydro generating station and fishing steamboat are displayed by the beach. The Old Mill Heritage Centre & Post Office Museum displays a handmade boat from the local boat builder, military artifacts and changing presentations on local lore. The museum opens daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. during summer; Tuesday to Saturday in spring and autumn. A permanent art studio and several arts display venues are located along the waterfront. The Farmers’ Market is held on Wednesdays during summer at the picnic pavilion. The charming, marine-themed chapel of St. John the Evangelist is always open beside the marina, and the lighthouse is well preserved. The riverside walking trail from the harbour to Bridal Veil Falls is beautiful and very accessible; there is ample parking at the trailhead by the rivermouth. There are other fine beaches and walking trails near the town. The upper Kagawong River is ideal for kayaking and canoeing, and leads to Kagawong Lake. The inland lakes, Kagawong, Mindemoya and Manitou all offer fishing opportunities and resorts, and have public boat launches.