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Manitou Islands

Operating Dates Legend

Beginning June 1, backcountry camping and day-use will be permitted in non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves where these activities are normally available. Party size must not exceed the limit set out under the emergency order in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Facilities and Activities summary

Before you visit: check what facilities/activities are available and pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks hand sanitizer).
When you visit: Continue to follow public health advice, including physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering when physical distancing may be challenging or not possible, washing hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.


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Biking Biking - (Mountain Bike) Birding - Festivals Boating Boating - Motorboat Restrictions Camping - Backcountry Camping - Car Camping - Dog Free Camping - Group Camping - Radio Free Camping - Seasonal Campsite Rental Camping - Walk In Camping - Winter (includes Roofed) Canoeing Day Use Only Disc Golf Dogsledding Fishing Golf Hiking Hiking - Overnight Trails Horseback Riding Hunting Ice Skating Kite Boarding Rock Climbing Skiing - Cross Country Snowmobiling Snowshoeing Swimming Tobogganing Whitewater Paddling
Icon Colours
Camping - Blue - available at the park. Check operating dates.
Camping - Grey - unavailable at this park.
Camping - Red - Temporarily Unavailable
Camping - Purple - Available at park, but restrictions apply. Check operating dates. Click icon for details.

What You'll Like :

Four islands in Lake Nipissing, 10 kilometres southwest of North Bay, make up the park. The islands represent the island ecology in Lake Nipissing with warmer than normal regional temperatures. The islands support basswood, three species of ash, silver maple, birch, cedar, burr oak and sugar maple. Thickets of poison ivy, striped maple, chokecherry, and ground hemlock are common. The islands are import to over 50 species of breeding birds and include Great Blue Heron colonies, and osprey nesting sites. Great Manitou Island has a sand beach. Mineral exploration activities resulted in subsurface and surface disturbance on two islands. Little Manitou Island has a small limestone kiln used during the construction of the North Bay portion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Uranium deposits were explored with a mine headframe and 135 m of vertical shaft on Newman Island between 1953 and 1960 but the deposits were never brought into production.

Park Facilities and Activities: The park has no facilities but the park’s sand beach is available for day use only. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating and nature viewing. If visiting the islands please do not disturb nesting birds. Poison ivy is common in most vegetated areas.

Location: Lake Nipissing 10 kilometres southwest of North Bay

General Information
Size: 1925.80 ha
Year established: 1989
Park Classification: Nature Reserve
Manitou Islands Provincial Park
P0M 2A0

Tread Lightly. Nature Reserve