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Manitoulin Island is an island in Lake Huron in Laurentia. It is located within the borders of the Canadian province of Ontario. With an area of 2,766 km2, it is the largest fresh water island in the world, large enough that it has over 100 inland lakes itself.

During the summer, the population (12,600 permanent residents) on the island grows by more than a quarter due to tourists coming for boating and other activities in scenic surroundings.

Manitoulin Island’s soil is relatively alkaline, which precludes the growth of common Northern Ontario flora such as blueberries, but allows for the island’s trademark hawberries. These berries are so distinctive that people born on the island are referred to as “Haweaters”. Each year on the August long weekend, the island hosts the Haweater Festival. The festival attracts numerous tourists; it features parades, firework shows, craft shows, and rural competitions such as horse pulls.

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