If there’s one thing residents of Gordon/Barrie Island value, it’s our lifestyle. “Cottage country” has always been that place that city folk can’t wait to visit, but many are beginning to seek this lifestyle as a more permanent fixture. As people begin to move away from the city in favour of a more relaxed way of life, and as telecommunications and transportation services continue to improve, this kind of lifestyle is becoming more feasible and more desirable. Residents not only live here – they thrive here. Visitors often comment on the slower pace of life, and in today’s frantic, high-speed world, we think that’s a good thing. Take a look and see what we have to offer.
The culture of Manitoulin Island is diverse and inclusive. “Haweaters”, those who were born on Manitoulin Island and are named after the local hawberry, have an annual celebration at the Haweater Festival during the August long weekend. Every community holds its own festivals, and several events are island-wide celebrations of local talent. The island’s six First Nation reservations each hold traditional pow wows in the summer and other cultural events throughout the year. The varied backgrounds of all islanders contribute to a musical, artistic, theatrical, culinary, and creative culture.
Manitoulin Island is an outdoor enthusiast’s heaven. With many kilometres of hiking trails, bike paths, and snowmobile trails; an abundance of water for boating, sailing, swimming, and diving; varied wildlife for observing and hunting; summer and winter sports and facilities for fun and competition; and a multitude of festivals, the island has plenty to offer residents and visitors alike. Recently the Gore-Bay Manitoulin Airport was host to the Canadian Snowbirds, and internationally-renowned baroque orchestra Tafelmusik has made repeat visits to the island. Manitoulin Island is proud to support local, national, and international talent.
The Culture and Recreation Committee for the Municipality of Gordon/Barrie Island plan a variety of events throughout the year. All of their festivities reflect the personality of Gordon/Barrie Island and are unique celebrations of our area.