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Bee Weems Adventure Continues - Georgian Bay

By BeeWeems - Published August 10, 2008 - Viewed 2605 times

Leaving the lock system for the open waters of the Georgian Bay was a bit of a shock.  We had become accustomed to following a path from lock to lock on mostly narrow waterways, and our choices of where to stop for an evening were really about how far we wanted to go in a day on the path.  Now in the Georgian Bay we had no path to follow. We could go whereever we wanted. What to do?  Where to go first? Obviously our big plan was to head west but should we zig or zag?

Its obvious when you look at a chart of the Georgian Bay that the interesting anchorages are along the north shore. Much of the rest of the bay is open water. This entire northern part of Canada is called The Shield. The Shield describes the impact of ancient glaciers on the surrounding terrain.  The movement of the glaciers resulted in what are now 30,000 pink and white granite islands - some of which are mere rocks poking out of the surface of the water and others that are many miles in diameter covered with pine and cedar trees and towns with marinas.  There are many marinas filled with powerboats on the Georgian Bay.  We spent one night at a very professional facility in Midland, Ontario called Bay Port Marina.    We also spent a night at anchor in the cove of an island that is a Canadian National Park called BeauSoleil. This island is surrounded by sand and has campsites and docks for boaters but is uninhabited.  The types of anchorages are extremely diverse.  We depended on the local staff at the Marina in Midland to guide us to the best anchorages in the area, and that was a great decision because we would have been overwhelmed otherwise.  Just too many options. 

Georgian Bay Granite Islands

The one thing we did know we wanted to do in Georgian Bay was to visit our dear Annapolis friends, Cathy Dea and Ken Code and family at the cottage they rent every summer on the Bay.  We just happened to time our arrival in the Bay with their arrival for their one week holiday. We spent a wonderful afternoon visiting them at their idyllic spot on the bay.


Afternoon with The Codes on Georgian Bay

The waters warm!!

We spent the rest of our week gunkholing in some very beautiful tucked away anchorages. We were never alone.  As a matter of fact, several of the more popular spots were filled with 6 or more boats. It wasn't as relaxing as we hoped to navigate in these waters because of the narrow channels between semi submerged rocks. We had to pay close attention to buoy markers along the way, but we were always rewarded with a new picturesque tranquil spot each evening.  We swam, explored by dinghy, enjoyed the wildlife and sunsets and sometimes made conversation with other boaters sharing the space.  Once again, our boat was unique here in the Georgian Bay.  Most of the other boaters were Canadian and most were cruising in pocket cruisers. 

 Sunset in The Georgian Bay

The weather this week was variable.  Thunder storms passed through almost on a daily basis, but usually the evenings and mornings were pristine.  We haven't had one hot/humid day and we haven't had to use our air conditioner since arriving in the Georgian Bay.

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Comment by btomlinson | Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11:41:12 AM

Hi Peter,

I’ve been following your trip from Annapolis, to Rome, NY, to Lake Ontario, through the locks and into the Georgian Bay.
Sounds like the weather has been cooperation overall for you during the course of your journey and that the experiences have been invigorating.

So far I like the images of the Granite Islands the best and can’t imagine the white knuckle navigating you’ve had to deal with as you make your way through the pink and white obstacle course.

I’ve never been to the Shield area of Canada but that also sounds like a fantastic place to visit.

Have you seen the Northern Lights during your travels? That’s definitely on my short list of great experiences, I hope to see them soon.

Here in Boston we’ve had a rainy summer and a Thunderstorm each day and the air conditioning has been going full bore since July.

As an FYI here at Tomlinson I’ve been working with a new senior high level communications strategist (Dave Greeley) since mid July. Jeanne and I would love to introduce you to him when you return from your travels. We have thoughts we would like to share with you.

I’ll continue to follow your travels as your blog entry’s hit BoatUS. I think one of my goals this next year will be to try and convince you to take me on your next trip to Alaska. I can cook really well and Bee Weems she 's a beauty.

Drop me a line if you get a chance.


Bill Tomlinson

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