Today we took the 3 hour Georgian Bay Cruise from Parry Sound, a 2 1/2 hr drive from Sturgeon Falls. A 2 hour cruise is also offered in the morning. The Island Queen is a 550 passenger,132 ft ship with 3 decks and departs at 100PM.
|Enjoying our Boat Tour|
|Map of Route|
|Posing with Cruise Mascot|
On the first deck is a monitor to follow path of cruise.
|Following the Route on Monitor|
|From Monitor Screen..Blue Triangle is the Ship|
The cruise affords a magnificent view of Georgian Bay and some 30,000 islands, which is the largest concentration of fresh water islands in the world. You get up close views of the cottages and homes and remote wilderness passing granite shoals into narrow channels and shallow waterways. This ecosystem so unique has earned the World Biosphere Reserve status from the United Nations.
|Islands Next to Each Other|
|Another small Cottage|
|House on Small Island Between the Trees|
|Cottage on Small Island|
|House on a Cliff|
Georgian Bay is a large bay of Lake Huron located entirely in Ontario, Canada. It is 120 miles long and 50 miles wide making it 80% as large as Lake Ontario.Most of the 30,000 islands are located along east side. Wikipedia has a very interesting article on the Bay.
The cruise takes you from Parry Sound through the Hole in the Wall channel, just wide enough for the Island Queen to fit with its 80 ft granite cliffs.The "hole" is between Huckleberry and Wall islands.
|Passing Through Hole in the Wall|
|Hole in the Wall|
|Hole in the Wall|
Next passing past Killbear Provincial Park, one of Canada's most popular summer parks with sandy beaches, huge granite cliffs and 631 campsites and other activities. The island park is also know for the many Massasauga Rattlesnakes. They are a protected species and the parks in the area also have signs warning to brake for them.
Foxsnakes are also on the Island. Instructions for spotting a rattlesnake:
Let someone know immediately, have someone watch the snake until park staff arrives, report a poacher and drive slowly. I say bring in the mongoose.
|Passing by Killbear PP|
|View of Park|
We spotted an osprey nest when passing through Five Mile Narrows.
The picture below from the brochure shows the wildlife on the islands.
Returning to port,we passed by the Rose Point Swing Bridge. The captain gave 3 horns to alert for the opening. The bridge connects the mainland to Parry Island.
|Railroad Trestle circa 1900|
After the cruise, we walked over to Boston Pizza for dinner. Arrived back at campground at 800PM.
It was a good day. Tomorrow it is going to rain,spoiling many events for Canada Day. Saturday we depart for Sault Ste Marie,ONT for a week.