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End of the Georgian Bay
By Beverly Kness
Posted on 8/14/2017 10:35 PM

Georgian Bay is almost as big as Lake Ontario and is part of Lake Heron.  It is stunningly beautiful and no place for casual navigation.  Be sure to stay between the green and red markers!!

We have to watch the markers and the charts very closely as we pass through the granite islands!  The "real" Georgian Bay wilderness begins in this area, at the west end of the Georgian Bay, nearing the North Channel.  No roads come even close to the bay and the islands and the coast take on a primeval aspect.  The rocks are bolder, the soil cover thinner and the twisted pines bow eastward from the relentless west wind.  But the fish jump and the blueberries are plump!

Here we picked blueberries and made them into a dessert.  They say to watch for bear because bear like
blueberries also!   We surely didn't want to run into an angry bear that didn't like us picking his blueberries!
We've heard you don't necessarily have to out run the bear~ you just have to run faster than someone
in your party!  lol


Below: one piece of the dessert is left!

It brings the past to life as a person thinks about the early days explorers like Samuel de Champlain who emerged from the French River to discover the Great Lakes.  The French River is where our anchorage at Bad River was. 
Shortly after we arrived at the anchorage a dinghy from another boat came over and offered to show us where the rapids were so Marshall and Judy from Let's Go and Bruce and I went for a scenic ride with our dinghies.


As we were exploring the waterways we happened to see another dinghy with a guy and 2 kids go up a small rapids and came out down another small rapids.  We had a chance to talk to him and he said the water level was
perfect for going down those rapids.   Since we had seen him take that route we followed him.  We never would
have gone that way on our own for fear of rocks being under the rapids, so the timing of meeting him right there, right then, was perfect!  Our dinghy motor is only 8 HP and Marshall's is 9.8 HP so we really wondered if we had enough power make it up the rapids!  I leaned as far forward as i could, thinking that may help!  It was a fun ride!


After two nights, on the hook, at the Bad River anchorage we took off for Killarney.  The winds were light, the skies were clearing and the temperature was 59 degrees when we left the anchorage.   
My phone showed it was 60 degrees at home.  There is something about hearing it rain during the night that makes a person VERY thankful for clearing skies and sunshine in the morning!

We crossed the last section of the Georgian Bay enroute to Killarney.   For years Killarney was known as Shebahonaning, an Ojibwe name meaning "canoe passage".  There seems to be no exact date when the community was established or when and why the name was changed to Killarney. 
Maybe because it is easier to say!  lol

Fur trading, logging, commercial fishing, mining and tourism have all played a role in Killarney's economy, yet before 1962 there was no road access to the town, only steamships carried passengers and freight to locations around the area.

We spent two days in Killarney and kept busy doing a few boat duties, going to a grocery store and enjoyed the live music that they had at a nearby marina.  This man was really talented!  He played guitar, a harmonia and he could play and sing most any song the audience came up with.


We met up with the Canadian couple, who we had first met at the marina in Perry Sound.  They are just starting the loop and have their son joining them for a few days.  
Since we had the opportunity to catch several fish, we invited them to join us for a fish fry!
(Seaquest can be seen through the open window) (this was taken at an anchorage)


We took a short ride on the water taxi while we were at the marina in Killarney.  This gal played
the Ukulele and sang while she steered the boat with her foot!  Now that is talent!!







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