Points of Interest
Our Story. Through Our Lens.
Wikwemikong Tourism offers an array of authentic Indigenous experiences that reflect the cultural lifestyles and traditions of the Anishnaabek people of the Three Fires Confederacy – Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi.
As Manitoulin Island’s largest First Nation community and Canada’s only officially recognized Unceded Indian Reserve, we welcome you to delve into our rich culture and history through our nature based and cultural tourism experiences.
Our guides will take you on a journey through time as you learn of the legends of our people while exploring the vast lands and waters of Wiikwemkoong.
Located at the northern end of the community, Kings Bay is one of our most popular beaches. With a long sandy shoreline this is an ideal place for a variety of outdoor recreation and provides a breathtaking view of the North Channel.
The shallow waters of Kings Bay make it an excellent location for your family to relax and nestle on the shores of Lake Huron.
Nestled on the northeast end of Wiikwemkoong, Prairie Point is the perfect location to enjoy nature’s beauty. The name was derived from the fields located around the point which blossom beautiful wild flowers.
Here you will find a boat launch and a spectacular view of the Lacloche Mountain Range and the North Channel. If fishing is your passion take a cast for small mouth bass and northern pike.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their boat to enjoy the great fishing and picturesque scenery. The tourist port of Killarney is a short boat ride away and is a perfect place for self guided exploration of nature.
Wiikwemkoong Harbour Front
The harbour front is one of the stops along the Historical Experiences tour. The rich economic history is embedded down at the Wiikwemkoong Harbour front. The harbour was traditionally used as place of trade with visiting Schooners during the 1800’s. Primary items that were traded were livestock and farming tools in exchange for Maple Sugar.
During the summer season, yachts and other vessels anchor in to take in the picturesque scenery. Families can enjoy the warm summer rays on the public beach or take a tour through the interpretive center located in the Marina. The boat launch is conveniently situated for all of your aquatic adventures.
Upon entering wiikwemkoong, you will find breathtaking views of Manitowaning Bay. Stop to enjoy one of these many vistas at Buzwah Lookout. This is the start of the Unceded Journey Historic Tour where you will find a plaque commemorating the 1836 Treaty.
Take the rugged hiking trail that leads directly to Manitowaning Bay where you can enjoy shoreline fishing for rainbow trout or just take in the breathtaking scenery. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic bald eagles who call the bay their home.
The stone cross monument was built in 1930 to honour the veterans whom had fought in the First World War. Dominic and Jonas Odjig, both World War 1 Veterans, were bestowed the priviledged to construct the memorial.
This site is also the second stop of the Unceded Journey Historic Tour. The plaques further explain the Memorial Monument and also the 1862 McDougal Treaty which defines the term “Unceded” that the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory identifies.
The declining infrastructure of the fur trade prompted the Anishinaabek to build Industrial Schools. To stay on pace with the growing advancement of the present-day economy, the Anishinaabek would need to learn state-of-the-art skills and trades. In 1844, Father Jean Pierre Chone was brought to Wikwemikong alongside interpreter Ferdinand Roque to establish plans to build a school for the Anishinaabek.
An Industrial School was built and completed in 1847, a first of its kind within the Great Lakes area. A second school was built and completed by 1854.