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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Georgian Bay 3 Hour Cruise From Parry Sound,ONT

30 June 2016

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.

Nice Ship

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

Nice Home

House on Small Island Between the Trees

Cottage on Small Island

Jet Skiers

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

Massasauga Rattler

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.

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