About Us


South West of Killarney, in Wikwemikong is the ancestral home of the Odawa on what is known as Odawa Mnis or “Manitoulin Island”. In 1968, an amalgamation took place between the Manitoulin Island Indian Reserve, South Bay West Band, and Point Grondine Band to form what is now the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Point Grondine was used seasonally for harvesting berries, wild rice, and game but also had a permanent settlement along the Beaverstone River. Logging camps at Collins Inlet were a primary source of employment for families living in the Beaverstone village. Upon closing of the mills in the early 1900’s, families had vacated the territory and moved to Wikwemikong and other neighboring communities. Wikwemikong citizens still utilize the land to harvest berries, rice, fish and wild game. As you begin your trek through the coast trail you will travel the traditional routes of the Odawa and Amikwa Nations of Manitoulin and the French River. The abundance of fish species, game, berries and wild rice attracted our people to the Point Grondine and Collins Inlet area. Located at the eastern entrance of Collins Inlet, the Beaverstone Bay is sheltered with wild rice beds, cranberries and was the major east-west canoe travel route, in ancient times as well as during the fur-trade era. The Mahzenahzing, Beaverstone and Chikanishing rivers allowed passage into the interior lakes and wetlands where beaver and moose were plentiful. It is believed that Samuel De Champlain met with a large band of Odawa what he described as “Cheveux-Releves” or “high hairs” at the southern shores of Point Grondine in 1615.

Point Grondine Park

First Nation owned and operated recreational park, Point Grondine has over 18,000 acres of scenic natural wilderness landscape, old growth pine forest, stunning river vistas and six interior lakes to explore. The picturesque water trails flowing along the coast of Georgian Bay invite you to many canoe routes, hiking trails and backcountry campsites located throughout the interior of the Park. Hike, canoe or sea kayak along the traditional routes of the Anishnaabek people and be ready to be captivated by this historic and majestic place.

Point Grondine Park Hiking and Paddling Guides are available on the Reservation page. Canoe routes are open throughout the interior; Tri-Lakes which connect to Georgian Bay and Phillip Edward Island area.  The backcountry has a total of 26 campsites with 27.9 kilometers of hiking trail, which guide you to Wemtagoosh Falls and Cedar Lake. Our Park staff include the Wikwemikong Tourism Manager and Tourism team, Point Grondine Park Product Development Officer, Interior Operations Leader, Trail Guardian, and the Wikwemikong Tourism Guides.

The Park is taking a phased development approach and staff will be working diligently with our planning team to implement the business plan which includes a park interpretive gatehouse, recreational zone, coastal campsite development, 61 site campground, comfort station and sheltered accommodations. This operating season the Park installed new signage at the trailhead. The Mahzenazing Lake Access Point was also built up with a pavilion and decking. We also implemented new park products which include 2 premium back-country sites with sleeping platforms. Enhanced our authentic Indigenous Experiences and Interpretive/educational programming. The park is planning to develop two self-guided/guided interpretive tours which will focus on the traditional medicinal plants of the park; and one on the history of the territory, which will include the history and relationship of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory along with historical treaties of the Anishinaabe and the Crown.

The trailhead is ideally situated off of Killarney highway, Ontario Highway 637. There is park signage westbound on highway 637 and at the entrance of the trailhead. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall months come and explore the park through our Authentic Indigenous Experiences which will connect you to the territory of the original descendants, or just come for the day and self-guide along the trail of Merv's Landing and the Mahzenazing Lake Access Trails. The park is accessible through mandatory park permits and can be purchased online/on-site at www.grondinepark.ca or by calling 1-705-859-3477.

Hike, canoe or sea kayak along the traditional routes of the Anishnaabek people and be ready to be captivated by this historic and majestic place.

Point Grondine Park - General Information

 In 1968 the Point Grondine and South Bay west band amalgamated with the Manitoulin Island Unceded Indian Reserve to form what is now the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. In 1996 a settlement was reached to return over 14,000 hectares of land to the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. The last village on the Point Grondine Reserve was at the Beaverstone River in the late 1800’s. Today, there are seasonal and permanent residents residing at the north end of the Mahzenazing Lake off of Burkes Road. Community members still utilize Point Grondine for harvesting fish, wild game, berries and wild rice with hunt camps situated throughout the territory.

In 2007 the Wikwemikong Department of Lands and Resources began a project at Point Grondine to construct a campground that would capitalize on the overflow from Killarney Provincial Park.  Several primitive campsites, trails and a cordwood building were constructed. Wikwemikong Tourism has since adopted and revitalized the project as it is a vital component of their vision of sustainable tourism development and an important piece of the Georgian Bay Coast Trail.

The Point Grondine Park lies within the central interior of Point Grondine and has been identified in the Point Grondine Land Use Plan commissioned by the Wikwemikong Department of Lands and Resources. The proposed Park has been the vision the WDLNR to protect the land and resources of Point Grondine from future exploitation from forestry and other natural resource extraction. The Park Management Plan will comprise of multi-departmental partnerships within the WUIR band administration with current training and mentorship opportunities to be available within the Provincial Parks.   


Be Safe and respect our Territory

Choose your route wisely and embark on a trip that meets your skills.  Plan beforehand how to deal with emergencies such as equipment failure, lost food or an injury.  Leave a copy of your itinerary with a contact person. Due to COVID-19, we are eliminating any contact with Trail Guardians.  Carry a first aid kit with you at all times and be familiar with the contents. Become proficient using a map and compass before you leave.  Always carry extra rations, clothes, the proper safety gear and knowledge to use it.       

The Wikwemikong Unceded Territory understands the importance of sustainable tourism and asks that you respect our lands, wildlife, and the people. Be mindful that Point Grondine is still used by our members and that you stay on the trail and respect our cultural sites. The Point Grondine territory is a spiritual place that must be treated with the utmost respect as our ancestors have always done. If you come in contact with historical artifacts we ask that they remain in Point Grondine and that you notify park staff of the location. Together we must ensure that the beauty of Point Grondine is protected for future generations to enjoy.

Respect the wilderness that lies herein, please note tripping during the months of September to October means that’s its harvest time for our hunters and gatherers. Although most of the Park is located in safe zones you may find hunters close to the trailhead at Highway 637.  After your trip, please check in at the trailhead by either signing the guest book with your check out time and/or comments of your experience or send a notification (email/text) to Trail/Park staff, so that they're aware of your safe return.

Miigwetch and enjoy your visit.