Great Spirit Circle Trail, M’Chigeeng, Ontario

manitoulin hotel conference centre

This nature-based and cultural tourism development is found on Manitoulin Island and the Sagamok region of Northeastern Ontario. First Nation groups: Sheshegwaning First Nation, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Zhiibaahaasing First Nation, M’Chigeeng First Nation, Sagamok First Nation and the Manitoulin Tourism Association are all members partnering in this tourism development. By sharing their human, economic and natural resources these First Nation communities are creating opportunities and benefits for themselves.

The way in which their developments are designed and managed enhance their respective cultures by remaining authentic. Their tours and accommodations are designed to reflect the culture and heritage of the Anishnawbek – the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi people. The Manitoulin hotel and conference center design was inspired by the beauty and history of the First Nations people of the region. They also offer different types of lodges and tee pee camping guests can book that reflect the involved First Nation groups of the area. Tours are operated and planned by the Aboriginal people to offer a real reflection of the history and the culture of the region and its original inhabitants. The developments also provide economic opportunities by offering job opportunities to community members. These characteristics are what makes this tourism development sustainable.

Offerings of this eco-adventure and cultural tourism development include:

  • An interactive tea tasting, offering teas of the land where visitors enjoy picking, boiling and tasting tea that is all natural.
  • A walking tour where visitors experience art galleries, heritage museums and various gift shops.
  • Medicine walks where participants are guided through different areas of the outdoors while being shown a variety of different plant, tree, herbs, and shrubs with medicinal, practical, edible or spiritual uses.
  • Fire building where gests learn to use the environment around them to start and build a fire with no matches or lighters.
  • Eagle Cloud crafts making where guests learn the history and craftsmanship of making a traditional Ojibwe craft.

(Photos courtesy of http://circletrail.com/)