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WINTER CAMPING

WINTER CAMPING

Embark on an Authentic Winter Adventure at Manitoulin Eco Park & Dark Sky!

 

Discover the magic of winter camping in our heated cabin, cozy tipis with indoor fire pits, or the legendary Star Gazing Cabin with a warm wood stove. For seasoned winter campers, we offer traditional camp sites. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking Northern Lights – a haven for Aurora Hunters.

Our woods, photo from Shore Charnoe

RECONNECT TO your true nature

Want to reconnect to your true nature? 

Connecting with the natural world is one of the easiest pathways to get you there!

Come to Manitoulin Eco Park to camp in a landscape that is being tended to increasingly support and reflect the resilience of our ecosystem.

 

It’s not a secret that spending time in nature:

  • reduces stress and anxiety

  • improves mood

  • improves immunity and reduces inflammation

  • promotes learning, social skills, and more...

 

Come stay at Manitoulin Eco Park, where we aim to regenerate cultural practices which:

connect us with ourselves, with one another, and with the land. 
How? By cultivating deep nature connection, holistic health, and peacemaking practices, in the context of treaty relationships with ancestral expertise. 
naturally reconnecting

Learn more about what makes Eco Parks here

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Day Events

  • Empowering Ancient Ways (EAW)
    Empowering Ancient Ways (EAW)
    Mon, Jul 08
    Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 13, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 13, 2024, 12:00 PM
    A Program from Sticks and Stones Wilderness School at Manitoulin Eco Park.
  • Family Camp July 14 | Learning your Nature
    Family Camp July 14 | Learning your Nature
    Sun, Jul 14
    Jul 14, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT – Jul 19, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT
    Jul 14, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT – Jul 19, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT
    Take steps off the beaten track to strengthen your family bond while deeply connecting to yourself, each other and Nature.

DO NOT COME!

We love to make happy campers!

 

BUT, here are some things that we can't do anything about that might turn some into un-happy, grumpy, and complaining campers in which case...

 

please don't come >

what  to  expect

If you’re looking for a place to hike, rest, and reconnect, or to learn more about camping, building campfires, living in a Tipi, or various other nature skills, then welcome!

 

Manitoulin Eco Park is the place for you…

Manitoulin Eco Park is a rustic, conservation-oriented, campground featuring forest campsites with more-than-the-usual privacy and WiFi accessible in common areas and by a few sites. plus we have open-field camping in our 360° dark sky preserve (particularly for astronomy fans).

Images of park's features like camping, nature center, dark sky preserve, trails & activities

We are a quiet, family-friendly campground which welcomes the differently abled, with plans for sharing demonstrations of food, housing, waste management, and other regenerative and resilient practices. Not only do the owners and many staff members live on site but dogs, cats, chickens, goats, and ponies live on site too; your well-behaved pets are most welcome, and service dogs stay for free.


Our several unpowered bunkies are filled with bunks (not furnishings or decor) with space to sit, cook, and eat on the mini-porch or by the fire circle. Most camp sites are off-grid... meaning no power, no water, no connections. Don't worry, you're not fully disconnected as your phone will receive WiFi and reasonable cell signal near the office. Cell service varies by provider and location on the campground.

 

We have sites which accommodate trailers, but very few with access to power, and none with direct water or sewage hookups. The new Tipis (now moved to sunny sites better suited to their use) are traditional, and rental comes with training on how to get the comfort and air flow you desire. See the full description of the different types of accommodations and sites here.

 

Water from the main well (truly superior water quality) is available from a front gate tap, and a summer kitchen tap near the office. The water is treated by nature, and transported to keep water tanks filled in easier-access locations. Water locations are on the map.

While we do have a few flush toilets by the nature centre, many outhouses and port-a-potties service most sites. A kids playground, a Ninja course, and mini-putt are located by the main office. The hot showers operate by rope-pull, and we’re planning more ecosystem-friendly measures as we grow. 

The two summer kitchens are backup facilities for people new to camping, those who forget to bring stoves, to help when there are fire bans, and for travelers who are not equipped with full gear.  In other words, we’ll do our best to support you, but there may be line-ups if you don’t bring your own stove and cookware.

Further development of improvement programs and events are in the plans for the park.  Subscribe below for more information, or to fill the below form to make suggestions.

Check out our FAQ page for more useful information and details on our booking and cancelation policies.

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Canada's first Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) designated commercial Dark Sky Preserve

 

Visitors may choose to camp right inside the DarkSky Preserve, which is hidden within a hardwood forest. You may also choose to camp in our traditional forest campground and still visit the DSP. The Preserve has a communal area in an open field that is great for stargazing and has 360-degree sky viewing.

  • May 10, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • May 11, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • May 17, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • May 18, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • May 24, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • May 25, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • May 31, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • Jun 01, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • Jun 07, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • Jun 08, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • Jun 14, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • Jun 15, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • Jun 21, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • Jun 22, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • Jun 28, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • Jun 29, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
  • Jul 05, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Our Stargazing Night Hike is an immersive adventure through our hardwood forest after dark, with a focus on nocturnal wildlife plus orienting by star constellations. During this hike you will get to experience all the wonders our nighttime forest has to offer!
  • Jul 06, 2024, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Tehkummah, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
    Astronomy is what we are known best for at Manitoulin Eco Park, home to a rare DarkSky Preserve. With next to no light pollution, see stars, planets, constellations and galaxies far beyond what you can see most anywhere else!
Activities

Activities & Services

Store

Non-toxic camping supplies, beverages, local arts and crafts, packaged snacks (such as potato chips and ice cream bars).

Picture of Store at Manitoulin Eco Park

Bow Hunting

While we are no longer permitting baiting and rifle hunting, we may host bow hunters during the fall season in limited areas of the park away from other seasonal users. 

Picture of a deer at Manitoulin Eco Park

Nature

Center

Interpretive centre with local species binders and displays of fossils and wildlife found onsite and beyond.

Learn more here

Children during a class in the Nature Center at Manitoulin Eco Park

Agriculture & Forestry

Events announced on an ad hoc basis for those interested in regenerative practices.  

A beautiful path in the woods at Manitoulin Eco Park

Hiking

With kilometers of hiking trails passing through 4 different ecosystems, including Niagara Escarpment outcrops, loops are available for different levels of energy and fitness.

Hiking Trail at Manitoulin Eco Park

Mini

Putt Golf

18- hole mini-putt course available for both day visitors and onsite

Learn More

Kids Playing mini-putt golf at Manitoulin Eco Park

 

Playground 

Shaded swings and tree house, with Ninja course and other balance and strength options

kids swinging on tire swings at Manitoulin Eco Park

Pool 

Solar heated, saltwater pool

solar heated swimming pool at Manitoulin Eco Park - closed

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