Mackinac Island's Hidden Spots

Chances are, if you have been to Mackinac Island before, you have done the typical bike ride around the island, a picnic thanks to fresh selections from Doud’s Market, wandering through the shops downtown and then dinner on the island before either staying on the island for the night or heading home via the ferry. 

But have you ever wondered what else is on the island to explore? Here are some of our favorite hidden spots on Mackinac Island:


Mackinac Island Solider’s Garden: This hidden gem on the island is a peaceful place. From many years ago, you will see old stone foundations and walls next to the area cleaned for the garden. 

Sunset Rock Mackinac Island

Sunset Rock:  If you are fortunate enough to know about Sunset Rock, you are one of the few! Sunset Rock is located on the backside of The Inn at Stonecliffe and is a magnificent spot to take in a sunset over the water.

Anne’s Tablet: For the best hidden view, visit this spot! It is a small, secluded section of the island dedicated to Constance Fenimore Woolson, who was a nineteenth century author, who wrote about Mackinac Island. 

Anne's Tablet, Mackinac Island

Next time you are on Mackinac Island, pop into Canvas and Paddle to ask us for directions to any one of these hidden spots and to grab any adventure gear that you might need to take along! 

Our Favorite Island Event: Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Every year for 10 fun-filled days, the island is buzzing with people from all over the world to celebrate and enjoy the Lilac Festival. This is the 70th year for the festival and our favorite island event. Read more to find out why.

Photo: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

The festival takes place June 8 through 17, 2018 and is packed with fun family-friendly events and activities. Including the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and so much more. 

Our favorite event is hands down the parade. As numerous floats and people make their way down Main Street, it's such a fun attraction to witness and be a part of. Look for our "float" this year! We have the honor of having Miss Cadillac walk for our shops as she was a former employee at Canvas & Paddle.

Another great event is the A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event. It is a very popular event and a very tasty one too! It's an Award Winning luncheon and is located at the Harbour View Inn. If you were able to get tickets we hope you enjoy the sold-out event!

For more details about the festival, head over to the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau's website to get the full scoop of all the great lilac events.

We hope to see you at Lilac Festival this week! Below are some great events to attend at our sister stores, Little Luxuries and The Artists Market of Mackinac Island! 

Our Favorite Island Hidden Treasure: Sunset Rock

Sunset Rock, located on the backside of the island near The Inn at Stonecliffe is a breath-taking overlook of the Straits of Mackinac and St. Ignace. It's name gives away when the best time is to go there, because the sunsets are magnificent. 

Sunset Rock is hidden off a bike trail just to the left of the backside of The Inn at Stonecliffe and is usually never crowded with people, if you run into people at all. It has been known as a great engagement spot and, of course, for sunset viewing. (Fun fact: shop owner Nicole was proposed to on Sunset Rock, by Doud's grocery owner Andrew!) It is accessible by foot, bike or individual horseback. The view goes for miles and is a unique perspective of the Mackinac Bridge.

Next time you have a chance to explore the backside of the island, we recommend seeking out this pleasant spot.

Welcome to our blog!

The blog is here! 2018 has started off great with many new and exciting changes for Canvas and Paddle. This coming season, we will have even more great outdoors and "up north" products available both in store and online. Be sure to keep up with our blog and social media sites to see updates about our new products. (Of course we are bringing back our favorites as well!)

The Canvas and Paddle blog will keep you in the loop about upcoming sales and new products, as well as helpful insights to Mackinac Island and travels beyond. Useful tips for camping, the best hiking and canoeing spots in the Midwest, and more will be featured here, so stay tuned!