Mayor’s Welcome

A Message from Mayor Moffatt

On behalf of the residents of our wonderful community, I would like to welcome you to Manitowaning, a family-friendly place, where you can relax and enjoy the Manitoulin lifestyle.

Manitowaning is located approximately 35 kilometres from the Little Current Swing Bridge on Highway 6 South located on Manitoulin Island in the province of Ontario, Canada. There are approximately 960 full time residents in Manitowaning, however our population doubles (or more) in the spring, summer and fall months. We are a rural municipality that has all the essential services you would find in larger centres. Including a grocery store, pharmacy, elementary school, post office, bank, hotels, restaurants and coffee shop, automotive parts and service centres, liquor store, as well as access to a local Family Health Team and Walk-in Medical Clinic.

Farming and tourism are important economic activities, but many of our population works in education, health care, retail or their own businesses in Manitowaning or in nearby towns of Little Current, Mindemoya, and Wikwemikong.

Manitowaning is situated on a beautiful deep-water bay of Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, which makes for glorious sun rises and sunsets throughout the year. We are blessed with a beautiful countryside and forested areas. The Township is comprised of the town site of Manitowaning and the rural areas of Assiginack North and South of Manitowaning, including Clover Valley and the Slash.

The Township is a tourism and vacation paradise. We have access to the big water – Lake Huron as well as inland lakes such as Lake Manitou. Our public beach is the most popular spot in town on a hot summer day. We encourage all forms of boating, sailing, tubing and swimming. Residents and visitors use McLean’s Park year round for trail walking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and x-country skiing. In November, you will be seeing orange and hunters throughout the Township as they participate in the annual Whitetail Deer Hunt.

Recreation is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and our Arena Fairgrounds and Atrium boasts an ice pad from October to March, tennis courts, baseball diamond, horse ring, and race track. There are many community programs sponsored by the Township that are held at the Atrium, Assiginack Library, or at the Waterfront Beach Area on Bay Street. The Assiginack Public Library is open year round with extended hours in July and August, it has been recently renovated for your enjoyment and comfort. The Assiginack Museum Heritage Complex is open from June to October and is a wonderful day activity to locals and tourists.

The people, resorts, lodges, and many businesses of the Township of Assiginack invite you to visit, stay and share in our family friendly atmosphere and experience the Manitoulin lifestyle.


Mayor Paul Moffatt