Why Manitoulin in October is the Best

Manitoulin island is admired for it’s expansive number of crystal-blue lakes, stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment, brilliant cascading waterfalls, and active wildlife. But what happens when August ends and the breezy summer air develops a crisp edge?

Even with the inevitable end of the bustling summer season, Manitoulin is still as breathtaking as ever. Here are some reasons why Manitoulin in October is a spectacular place to be.

The views are straight out of a magazine

Many people agree that hiking is a lot better in the fall. Not only is it more comfortable than hiking in the blazing heat, but getting engulfed by the beautiful colours of the surrounding trees makes every minute magical. The resounding positive comments from visitors demonstrate the genuine appreciation and awe that embodies the island.

Bridal Veil Falls (Photo:  The Blue Brick )

Bridal Veil Falls (Photo: The Blue Brick)


The photographer of the picture below called the view from the Cup and Saucer trail “some of the best colours I had ever seen.” And he’s not wrong. The mass of reds, oranges, and yellows resemble the swirling, chaotic strokes on a painter’s palette.

Cup and Saucer (Photo: Chris,  TrekEarth )

Cup and Saucer (Photo: Chris, TrekEarth)

Cup and Saucer (Photo: Pierre Lachapelle,  The Weather Network )

Cup and Saucer (Photo: Pierre Lachapelle, The Weather Network)

It’s the best time of the year to view the Northern Lights

It is said that the best time to see the Northern Lights (or its scientific name, Aurora Borealis) is late September to late March. That places October within this excellent viewing season, when the nights are stretching longer and the dark night sky deepens into a canvas for these beautiful flashes of colour.

Aurora Borealis (Photo:  The Manitoulin Expositor )

Aurora Borealis (Photo: The Manitoulin Expositor)


The open expanses of land and the dark, star-studded sky allows for a clear view of these mysterious lights. Manitoulin is recognized across Canada - and even worldwide - as being one of the best places to watch the Northern Lights. The Ojibway believed that the dancing of lights represent The Great Spirit, who they thank for helping find their way home.

You can keep updated with the Aurora Forecast here: http://auroraforecast.com/

Aurora Borealis (Photo:  The Manitoulin Expositor )

Aurora Borealis (Photo: The Manitoulin Expositor)


There’s great options for comfort food

There are restaurants that remain open during the off-season, and 3 Cows and a Cone is one of them. We’ve created an awesome October calendar filled with great deals and promotions. Whatever you may be craving, we’re sure to have it. Visit our Udderly Good Deals page to keep up-to-date.

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Halloween is just around the corner

October is the month for scary movies, getting dressed up in costumes, and trick-or-treating for copious amounts of candy. Did you know you can come trick-or-treating at 3 Cows and a Cone? On the eve of October 31st, come to the store with your kids; we’ll be giving out candy. Don’t worry, there are no tricks up our sleeve - just treats!


Make the most out of your October - enjoy the beautiful sights, eat good food, and get into the Halloween spirit. October will fly by before we know it!

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