EPISODE NINE – The Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Show hits Manitoulin Island


This week we went in-depth on the Island of Manitoulin, staying there five whole days at the iconic Mindemoya Court Cottages and Campground where we indulged in all the requisite campground activities, from a spirited all-age game of softball pitting the ruthless Beavers versus the tyranical Chipmunks, to a cookout and campfire, to far too many belly-flops and cannonballs off the dock into the Caribbean blue of Lake Mindemoya.

Our main reason for visiting the island was to spend some time at Ride Manitoulin, one of Ontario’s newest motorcycle events. Lucky for us a couple of adventure touring fun-a-holics, Steven Fox-Radulovich and Colin Wilson, took us out on a ride through some of the unpaved corners of the island and we caught an eye (and mouth and nose) full of some dirty goodness.

Mike’s pop, Pete, joined the crew for a couple days and helped us figure out what a poker run is, and successfully lose four hands! He also took Mike’s bike back to Toronto for service, as we’d just crossed the 11,000km mark and it needed service! Thankfully, he generously donated his Honda ST1100 (which some of you might remember from last year!) to let us complete the trip on two wheels.

We also did a ton of other stuff, like went to a smash-up derby, sung the theme song from Rawhide while holding a miniature shotgun, and drank some amazing ice caps. But you need to watch the video to find out about that.


  1. Meg Pizzuti says:

    Ok, maybe i am a little bias, but i think this is my favorite episode. We have learned to trailer the bike to the island, even though bikes are first on/first off the big boat, as the wildlife at night is rather dangerous when on two wheels.
    Loved the shots of the back roads! Wanted to ride that poker run this yr. but we have found that reservations need to be made at least 6 months in advance. A word to the wise….book NOW for next year!
    Manitoulin is MY little piece of heaven!
    Great Job Mike!! Shiny side up brother!

  2. Mike! This is awesome! I had no idea you had your own show. Ya to clobber those little kids in softball with that grand-slam! I may visit Manitoulin Island just for the beautiful waterfall. Can’t wait to watch the other episodes!

    • Thanks Whitney! I hope you like them! It’s just a humble web show but it’s the best thing to happen to visual arts since the renaissance!

  3. Best one ever!!!!

  4. Sweet vid guys and gals…as for the boat racing game on the Chi-cheeman, check out our online hydro game…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHgYe1jbLI4&feature=plcp. Miss you guys already and keep up the great work.

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