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Manitoulin Island Ontario has a warm and friendly welcome that awaits you, are you looking for lodging and comfortable cottage accommodations on Manitoulin Island, Ontario? To satisfy your accommodation needs, there are the following motels, resorts, lodges, bed & breakfasts and campgrounds, all of these accommodations and places to stay are located on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario, Canada.


Dawson Resort on Manitoulin Island


Over 70 Years on Manitoulin Island

Over 70 Years
Manitoulin Island

Dawson Resort Manitoulin Ontario Canada

Over 70 Years on Manitoulin Island

Dawson Resort was established in the mid 1930's. The first guests brought tents and enjoyed the unsettled area with the attractive clear waters of Lake Kagawong. The biggest part of the adventure was getting to the Manitoulin Island. Many guests tell how it took 3 days to drive to Tobermory on gravel roads and the capacity of the ferry was six cars. People described the rough waters of Lake Huron as the small ferry boat got tossed around. The challenge of getting here was soon forgotten when the fishermen got in their rowboats and headed for their favorite fishing hole.

As the tourist trade began to establish itself, cottages were built and the resort offered American Plan accommodations. The travel time was reduced as the highways were improved and the ferry service included larger ships. People who started out camping were now enjoying cottages with meals provided. Over time, the demand for family accommodations and less scheduled vacations led to the conversion to housekeeping cottages. By the early 1970's, the American Plan was a thing of the past and family vacations in a cottage had taken over.

We are very fortunate to have generations of family guests visit our resort. In recent years we have experienced many family reunions, each family with stories to tell of their early visits. We are proud to have guests travel from all over North America to join family members and experience the tranquility of our setting, to watch the sunset over the water like they have done so many times before. This important tradition is carried on by families from far and wide.

We are proud to say Dawson Resort has been operated by the Dawson Family since the beginning.

Marilyn Dawson

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The Manitou
Manitou (137 ft. x 24 ft.) The Manitou sailed from 1903 to 1941, a close second to the shipping record of the Caribou. The Manitou, Caribou and Manitoulin formed an impressive fleet of passenger and freight trade, carrying most of the lake freight of the day and transporting hundreds of passengers per year. After being sold, the Manitou was dismantled and the hull was converted into a barge. The barge was broken up in 1945. http://www.ontarioferries.com/chi/

Join us on Manitoulin Island for a great Canadian Vacation and Family Hot Spot in Northern Ontario Canada

Dawson Resort
Manitoulin Island Ontario


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