Great Spirit Circle Trail

It’s a misty morning, and your paddle dips into the water as you retrace an old-time canoe route. Later that day, you make a traditional First Nations rattle while listening to ancient legends and stories about what it’s like to grow up on Manitoulin Island. Or, you go on a medicine walk to learn about local plants and their uses.

You’re experiencing just some of the authentic Aboriginal experiences offered by The Great Spirit Circle Trail, a tour operator located on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, about a 165-kilometre drive from Sudbury, Ontario. “The Great Spirit Circle Trail was established in the late 1990s as a way to share stories of the Anishinaabe with visitors to the area, so they get a true reflection of the history, culture and traditions of the region,” says CEO Kevin Eshkawkogan.

Part of the First Nations community of M’Chigeeng, The Great Spirit Circle Trail acts as a one-stop shop for visitors of all abilities, offering guided workshops, educational tours and wilderness eco-adventures. Guides are all certified, and groups are kept small to allow for intimacy and maximum enjoyment. “We treat each day like a series of building blocks. You need something to eat, transportation, somewhere to stay and something to do,” Eshkawkogan says. “People can just pick and choose what they want to do.”

At A Glance

  • Mother Earth Hiking Trail
  • Canoe Heritage Tours
  • Voice of the Drum Experience
  • Bannock & Berries Experience
  • Medicine Walks

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