Cup And Saucer Trail On Manitoulin Island – Ontario

Discover the Cup and Saucer Trail: An Island Escape Adventure

Welcome, Winter Warriors! Let’s embark on a virtual tour of the renowned Cup and Saucer Trail on enchanting Manitoulin Island, where nature’s masterpiece awaits!

Setting Off:

Imagine starting your journey just 18 km West of Little Current at the junction of Hwy. 540 and Bidwell Rd. You’ve arrived at the iconic Cup and Saucer Trail, an extension of the Niagara Escarpment, boasting 70-meter cliffs stretching over 2 km.

Trail Tales:

With 12 km of hiking trails through hardwood bush and 2 km of thrilling adventure trails, this trail is a gem for all adventure seekers. Choose your path wisely, ranging from a brisk 15-minute stroll to a rewarding 4-hour hike, each offering its unique charm.

Preserve Highlights:

The Cup and Saucer preserve, spanning 345 acres, captivates with sheer drops, breathtaking vistas, and the famed adventure loop. This natural haven has been enchanting visitors since 1999, making it one of the first preserves under Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy’s care.

Geological Wonder:

The cliffs, aptly named “Cup and Saucer,” are Silurian deposits dating back 400 million years. The mixed deciduous forests, dominated by Oak, add to the allure of the highest plateau. Learn about the Michigiwadinong name, an Anishinaabemowin gem meaning “bluff in the shape of a spearhead.”

Getting There:

Accessing this haven is a breeze! Travel west on Highway 540 from Little Current, and after approximately 20 km, you’ll find Bidwell Road. The new parking area and trailhead await on the east side of the road. 

Trail Recognition:

Complete the 8 km hike, and EBC will honor your triumph with a certificate of completion. Just shoot an email to with your name, address, and the date you conquered the Cup and Saucer Trail.

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