Spirit Island Adventures is featured as an authentic Indigenous experience in the Great Spirit Circle travel package. Book your trip to experience teepee glamping, canoeing and culture.
There must be millions of stars hanging in the sky over your head, more than you’ll ever see in the city. You watch as a falling star shoots by. And then, another.
Soon it’s time for bed. A fluffy, warm duvet on a comfortable mattress awaits. Unlike your bed at home, however, you’re sleeping in a cosy canvas teepee tonight. You’re “glamping” — camping, in comfort and style — with thanks to the team at Spirit Island Adventures.
“You’ll get one of the best sleeps you’ll ever have when you’re sleeping outdoors,” says Kevin Eshkawkogan, a partner in Spirit Island Adventures. “You’re still camping but we try to make everything as comfortable as possible.” Located on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, in the town of M’Chigeeng, Ontario, Spirit Island Adventures was started by Eshkawkogan and his wife Melissa Biedermann after they realized more accommodation was needed in their region.
Biedermann grew up sleeping in tents in the summer with her family and saw the importance of offering a similar experience to non-Aboriginal travellers. Open fires in the teepees aren’t possible for safety reasons, but tent-safe fireplaces are being added for chilly nights and winter camping. Those looking to try First Nations crafts, canoeing or more on their vacation should contact The Great Spirit Circle Trail. “People come from all over — southern Ontario, Europe, you name it,” says Eshkawkogan. “It’s a neat experience, for sure.”