Manitoulin means "spirit island" in Anishinaabemowin, (the Ojibwe language). The island is considered sacred by the Native Anishinaabe people, who call themselves the "People of the Three Fires." They are generally known as the Ojibwe (Ojibwa), Odawa and Potawatomi tribes.
Manitoulin Island, located on Lake Huron is separated from the mainland by the north channel on the north side, Georgian bay on the east side and Lake Huron to the south and west. It is the largest freshwater lake island in the world. Within the island are over 100 freshwater lakes, some being of significant size. Lake Manitou, apx. 104 km2 - 40.5 sq. mi. is the largest lake within a freshwater island in the world. Treasure Island in Lake Mindemoya is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake, in the world.
Manitoulin Island can be reached by the swing bridge in Little Current that connects it to Northern Ontario or by ferry that takes passengers and vehicles from South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. Although considered part of Northern Ontario the island's physical geography indicates it is part of Southern Ontario and is a continuation of the Bruce Peninsula and the Niagara Escarpment.
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