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15462 Hwy 6 Queen Street, Manitowaning, Ontario POP 1NO Canada
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 21-07-15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Wayside Motel Manitoulin
Updated 21-07-15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 2 hotels in Manitowaning
Travellers' Choice
Wayside Motel is iconic to Manitoulin and as such we strive to provide you with a feel of the Island. Our very large & quiet rooms, a stunning 340 sq. ft of bright, quiet space are yours to enjoy. Rooms are furnished with hand-made cedar furniture, so characteristic to the Island, and adored with wall art created by two local artists. We also offer the best Wi-Fi available and quality cotton bed sheets diligently ironed just for you! Despite "sitting" on the highway, the motel's surroundings are very quiet. It is encircled by farmers' fields, a woodlot and a meadow. Highway traffic dissolves completely after 6:00 pm leaving only peace and quiet. Our location offers spectacular sun sets and cathedral night sky. We are on a S-W exposure with lots of sun and warmth. This motel is our pride and joy and we hope you will be happy here.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Seating area
Clothes rack
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Theresa G wrote a review Jul. 22
Awesome service, very clean and excellent location… all the convience of home … would be top choice of places to stay … microwave, fridge, air, Netflix so lots of choices.,,A+ in all areas of rating….
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Elizabeth Welnar, Owner at Wayside Motel Manitoulin
Responded 3 days ago
Many thanks for this review and for your kind words. Elizabeth
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cynthianna M wrote a review Oct. 2020
Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica
Hotel's Favourite
What a pleasure, we stayed at Wayside Motel for 3 nights while hiking and biking in Manitoulin. Wayside is is not fancy but it is well situated and spotlessly clean. The motel is run by the owner Elizabeth. She is a gem. She was so helpful with maps, information and advice (Loved that hiking trail ...thank you Elizabeth). I will absolutely return here and definitely recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay on Manitoulin.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Elizabeth Welnar, Owner at Wayside Motel Manitoulin
Responded Oct. 12, 2020
Hello Cynthianna, Nice to hear back from you. I hope you are doing well and stay that way for the foreseeable future!. Many thanks for this feedback. Elizabeth
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Ruth W wrote a review Jul. 17
The Wayside Motel is a lovely 6-unit motel just outside the village of Manitowaning on Manitoulin Island. Our host Elizabeth greeted us in a professional and welcoming manner, asking if we needed guidance on activities, etc., during our stay. The room was clean and nicely appointed with WiFi, Netflix,
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Elizabeth Welnar, Owner at Wayside Motel Manitoulin
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Ruth, Thank you very much for taking time and making the effort to write this review. I understand that the process was frustrating... It will be my pleasure to host you again and I wish you a peaceful and joyful summer. Elizabeth
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Soniabaldeo wrote a review Jul. 12
Toronto, Canada
This is my first time visiting Manitoulin island. We book wayside a week prior. From the first call , Elizabeth has been patience and friendly. When I check in she was so helpful with places fo visit and places to eat. She even provided me with a map. The room and washroom is very clean . The bed is so comfortable and shower is so nice after a long day hiking. We had a comfortable and nice stay. Thank you.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Elizabeth Welnar, Owner at Wayside Motel Manitoulin
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Sonia, Thank you very much for talking about your experience at Wayside. I am glad that your visit to the Island was relaxing and that you were happy staying with us. Many thanks for taking a minute (or two) to write this review as it is valuable to us and many other travelers. Elizabeth
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Diane A wrote a review Jul. 4
My stay at the Wayside Motel was very enjoyable and would recommend it to any of my friends or family. The room was clean spacious comfortable and quiet. The motel is very central for any day trips. Elizabeth is a great hostess, friendly and helpful. Looking forward to my next stay at the Wayside.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Elizabeth Welnar, Owner at Wayside Motel Manitoulin
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Diane, Thank you for choosing Wayside for your week-long Manitoulin adventure. It was a great pleasure having you over. Thank you for your kind words and your warm smile. Have a wonderful summer and stop by again soon! Elizabeth
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US$79 - US$116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
CanadaOntarioNortheastern OntarioManitoulin IslandManitowaning
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wayside Motel Manitoulin
Which popular attractions are close to Wayside Motel Manitoulin?
Nearby attractions include Cup and Saucer Trail (5.4 km), Assiginack Museum (0.8 km), and Manitowaning Lighthouse (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wayside Motel Manitoulin?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Wayside Motel Manitoulin?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Wayside Motel Manitoulin?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Wayside Motel Manitoulin?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wayside Motel Manitoulin?
Conveniently located restaurants include Loco Beanz Manitowaning, Rainbow Riidge Golf Course, and Fat Laura's.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Wayside Motel Manitoulin?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Polish.
Is Wayside Motel Manitoulin accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.