For Indigenous people across Canada, the earth’s bounty was integral to every aspect of their lives. Immersed in the Great Spirit Circle Trail on Manitoulin Island, visitors can join local Anishinaabe teachers on guided walks that take them across the island’s lush, lake-filled landscape. Search for sage, cedar, tobacco, and sweet grass, which the Anishinaabe use to this day in smudging ceremonies. You can participate in this important cleansing ritual, a spiritual practice, which helps expel negative energy. As you trek, be amazed by the plethora of edible plants, berries, and flora used by the various communities, who worshiped and respected the land. You’ll learn tips for medical cures, basket making, and organically grown snacking. Tea lovers should opt for the tea walk, which showcases the herbs used for elixirs and libations. On this hike, plan to gather, boil, and sip—as locals have done for centuries.
Learn more about medicine walks and other highlights of the Great Spirit Circle Trail at the Indigenous Experiences website.