16 April 2016

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Cruising Georgian Bay

Cruising :: Itineraries :: Sail Southern Georgian Bay

Sail Southern Georgian Bay (4 - 5 Days)

Day 1

Please note – for more information on marinas, please see the Ontario Marine Operators website The Ports Cruising Guide Georgian Bay edition is an invaluable resource while traveling by boat in the Georgian Bay region and can be purchased online or at Georgian Bay marinas.

Set out from Midland or Penetanguishene today.  Both communities offer several marinas for docking the night before your travels.  Make your way to Beausoleil Island today, home of the Georgian Bay Islands National Park.  This park is accessible by water only, and offers camping, hiking, swimming and park interpretation for overnighters as well as daytrippers.  Pick up a visitor’s guide at any of the docks within the park for all the information.  Beausoleil Island features several docks to choose from for the night.  Tie up and spend the rest of the day exploring.

Distance:
Midland/Penetanguishene to Beausoleil Island (approximately 6 -10 nautical miles)

Day 2

Today set sail for Massassauga Provincial Park.  Another backcountry park popular with boaters, kayakers and campers, Massassauga offers many overnight bays, and shore access through use of mooring pins, buoys and gathering areas.  There are many excellent locations to choose from.  The park map (available from the park office at 705-378-0685) along with the nautical charts and the Ports Cruising Guide can help to guide your exploration. Once you’re settled, spend some time hiking in the park and taking in some of the interpretation offered.  Please note – usage fees apply depending on your overnight plans and shore access.

Distance:
Beausoleil Island to Massassauga Provincial Park (approximately 25 nautical miles – depending on location in each area)

Day 3

Indian Harbour is your destination today.  Make your way behind Bands Island to this beautiful and popular anchorage.  Cottage owners in this area ask that you respect their privacy and do not go ashore for any reason.

Distance:
Massassauga Provincial Park to Indian Harbour (approximately 12 nautical miles – dependant upon location)

Day 4

Make your way back to Penetanguishene or Midland today, being sure to spend some time in this historical community before heading back home.

Distance:
Indian Harbour to Midland or Penetanguishene (approximately 22 nautical miles)

Accommodation Options:

  • Little Lake Inn B&B
    669 Yonge Street, Midland
    P. 1-888-297-6130
    http://www.littlelakeinn.com/index.cfm
  • Knights Inn, Midland
    751 Yonge Street, Midland
    P. 1-888-891-1190
    http://www.hojomidland.com
  • 1875 A Charter's Inn
    290 Second Street, Midland
    P. 1-800-724-2979
    http://www.chartersinn.com/
  • Diverse Rentals and Vacations Floatel
    708 Champlain Road, PO Box 5025, Penetanguishene
    P. 705-549-2991
    http://www.hindsonmarine.on.ca/

Dining Options:

  • Cellerman's Ale House
    337 King Street,, Midland
    P. 705-526-8223
  • Dino's Fresh Food Deli
    319 King Street,, Midland
    P. 705-526-2431
  • Henry's
    3282 Ogdens Beach Rd,, Midland
    P. 705-528-1919
  • The Boathouse Eatery
    177 King Street,, Midland
    Directions: At the Town Dock
    P. 705-527-7480
    http://www.restaurantica.com/on/midland/scullys-crab-shack/23003430/
  • The Library Restaurant
    526 Hugel Street, Midland
    P. 705-528-0100
    http://www.thelibraryrestaurant.ca
  • The Olympia
    924 King Street, Midland
    P. 705-526-9307
    http://www.olympiagardens.com/
  • Ciboulette et Cie
    248 King Street, Midland
    P. 705-245-0410
    http://www.cibouletteetcie.ca/
  • The Ladybug Café
    342 King St., Midland
    P. 705-526-4851
  • Lilly's Italian Eatery
    223 King Street , Midland
    P. 705-245-0909
  • Inn at Bay Moorings
    200 Fox Street,, Penetanguishene
    P. 705-549-5237
    http://www.innatbaymoorings.com/dining.html
  • Blue Sky Family Restaurant & Tavern
    32 Main Street,, Penetanguishene
    P. 705-549-8611
    http://www.shopmidland.com/microsite/index.cfm?listingid=1000983
  • World Famous Dock Lunch
    4 Main Street,, Penetanguishene
    Directions: Penetanguishene Town Dock
    P. 705-549-8111
    http://www.penetang.com/docklunch/?listing.action=reviews

Things to Do:

  • Discovery Harbour
    93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene
    P. 705-549-8064
    http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca
  • Kings Wharf Theatre - Drayton Entertainment
    Penetanguishene
    Location: Jury Drive
    P. 705-549-5555 / P. 1-888-449-4463
    http://www.draytonentertainment.com
  • Martyrs' Shrine
    PO Box 7, Midland
    Location: Hwy 12 East
    P. 705-526-3788
    http://www.martyrs-shrine.com
  • Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
    Hwy 12 East, Midland
    P. 705-526-7838
    http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

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