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07 October 2013

Cross Canada and Back, Part 59


Manitoulin Island Bound

September 14th 2011, day 122 Wednesday


We are working our way back home, still travelling east bound in Ontario. Yesterday we went to the Tobermory Ferry Terminal on the Bruce Peninsula. Our plan was to take the ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island on the other side of Georgian Bay.

The ferry attendant was very helpful, but warned us that the ferry may not run or be a very rough ride because of the high winds. He even called the captain of the sailing that morning. It did not sound good, the waves were a good 6-8 feet with the wind blowing from the south west, which is the worst for this crossing. The captain warned: "It is not for the faint at heart".

Highway and fall landscape
Driving around Georgian Bay
Anders was very nice, I am the faint at heart, I am getting seasick in the shower as he says. So we went for a coffee and made a tough decision. The ferry ride would have cut off about 600 km of driving with our "pull-shack" vs a the 2 hour ferry ride. We did not want to wait for better weather, so we will drive around Georgian Bay.

Late last night we drove back to Owen Sound, Collingwood and all the way to Parry Sound. We arrived late at the Trailside Park RV Park. I think we woke the park attendant up, oh well he get over it. He gave us a spot and took our money. I think this park would be very nice, but we arrived late and left in the early morning fog.

Liz driving the truck with fall landscape outside.
Liz at the wheel
We had a beautiful drive on Hwy 69 through the Ontario forest turning to fall colours, along rivers, and scraggly rocks toward Sudbury. Sudbury itself was kind of ugly, or at lease we did not like it.

It rained like crazy when we drove through. They are still working on the highways. The factory chimneys were spewing out smelly stuff.

We turned west onto Hwy 17 to Espanola and from there south on Hwy 6 to Little Current on Manitoulin Island.  Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world.

We booked into Batman's Cottages and Campground just past Sheguiandah. This is a very nice park .
Lake views from Manitoulin Island
Wonderful views
We liked our wooded spot on the lake.

After setting up camp, we visited Unceded Wikwemikong Native Reserve. Here live 3 native bands which never signed a treaty. It is an interesting place.

There are signs of started projects. We hoped to find an art or gift shop, but did not find one. Their history is very interesting. "ahnnii" in Odawa-Ojibway, it means" welcome"

We have more pictures from this part of the trip in our Picasa Web Album. Have a look.

Here are some shortcuts to all the blogs from our Cross Canada Trip. Just hover over the number to see where it will take you

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