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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

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.

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.
  • Rekindling Connection 2024
    Rekindling Connection 2024
    Sun, Jul 21
    Jul 21, 2024, 5:00 PM – Jul 26, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Jul 21, 2024, 5:00 PM – Jul 26, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Join Shore Charnoe and other community members at Living Connection 1st with new and old friends in common unity for deep connection with the natural world, ourselves and one another. Together we create a village to help all deepen connection for our time together.
  • How to Dress A Wild Salad — Taste and Try How Chinese 5 Flavour Theory Can Create Delicious and Complementary Dressings
    How to Dress A Wild Salad — Taste and Try How Chinese 5 Flavour Theory Can Create Delicious and Complementary Dressings
    Jun 02, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    The five flavours we distinguish are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent (the Japanese term is umami). Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that the very tastiest foods are also the most nourishing, and that these are the foods which effectively incorporate and blend all five flavours.
  • Wild Food Walk:  Wild Flavours, Incredible Freshness, Natural Probiotics, and Nutrient Density on the Prowl
    Wild Food Walk:  Wild Flavours, Incredible Freshness, Natural Probiotics, and Nutrient Density on the Prowl
    Jun 02, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    The fresher & wilder your food, the less you need to eat, partly because of a greater density of the building blocks your body needs for maintenance & repairs, and partly because it's less work to extract nutrients. You may think wild foods are unpleasant - you might be pleasantly surprised!
  • Family Animal Forms for Early Risers -- Morning Stretch, Strength, and Mobility Play (so Sleepyheads Can Sleep In)
    Family Animal Forms for Early Risers -- Morning Stretch, Strength, and Mobility Play (so Sleepyheads Can Sleep In)
    Jun 01, 2024, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Here's something fun to do away from the campsite so late risers don't get grouchy. Drawing from movement therapies such as Yoga, Brain Gym, and Trager, this class is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, or a caregiver over the age of 16, limit of 3 children per caregiver.

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 >

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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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.

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Career Building Opportunities

Are you:

  • Under 30? (Not our rules 😉)

  • A student or recently completed training or certification?

  • Interested in starting or building your career?

  • Are you ready for a summer adventure like no other? 

Get ready to embark on a summer journey filled with learning, growth, and meaningful connections at Manitoulin Eco Park & DarkSky and beyond!

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