the McCoy Islands

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Itinerary

Dillon to McCoys, Southern Hertzberg Island and Turtle Rock

Features of Interest

Buoy A44, Birnie Island, Pukaskwa Pits, Land Bridge, Little McCoy, Southwest Island, Hertzberg Island, Turtle Rock.

References

Reynolds, Jonathon, and Heather Smith. Kayaking Georgian Bay. Erin, Ontario; Buffalo, N.Y.: Boston Mills Press, 1999. Print. pp. 94-100

the Bustards

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Britt to the Bustards.

July 2, 2015 is a full moon. I read somewhere that native peoples called it “Thunder Moon” because thunderstorms are so frequent this time of year. Thunderstorms aren’t all that frequent in this part of Georgian Bay though; the frequency is much higher on the northern shore of Lake Erie.*

There are three lighthouses on the Bustard Rocks that form two ranges.  More info here.

Why are the Bustard Islands called the Bustards? It’s rather unlikely that they are named after the great bustard (Otis tarda), because that bird breeds mostly in Spain and Portugal. It’s a remarkable animal, the largest flying bird. The name probably comes from a member of an Irish family named Bustard that emigrated to Canada in the 19th century.

Others

White Squall offers a trip to the Bustards:

http://www.whitesquall.com/19-programmes/adventures/547-bustard-island-holiday-july-28-%E2%80%93-aug-2-$995.html

As does Black Feather:

http://www.blackfeather.com/kayak/kayak_frenchbustard.htm ($1,150.00)

Trip Reports

http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/trip-reports/shoulder-high-a-georgian-bay-trip/

http://www.killarneyoutfitters.com/trip-planning/kayak-bustards.php

References

Reynolds, Jonathon, and Heather Smith. Kayaking Georgian Bay. Erin, Ontario; Buffalo, N.Y.: Boston Mills Press, 1999. Print. pp.47-51

Ohmann, Sarah, and Bill Newman. Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario: The Best Day Trips and Tours. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press, 1999. Print. pp. 30-34

Parking/Launch

Parking is available at Wright’s Marina $9.00/day
the south branch of the Cascade Falls

Pukaskwa National Park

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the mouth of the Dog River seen from the gravel bar that separates the lake and the river

the mouth of the Dog River seen from the gravel bar that separates the lake and the river

the upper Dennison Falls

the upper Dennison Falls

False Dog Harbour

False Dog Harbour

well, it looks like a face, doesn't it?

well, it looks like a face, doesn’t it?

the beginning of a long stretch of high cliffs without any egress points

the beginning of a long stretch of high cliffs without any egress points

Michipicoten Island in the distance

Michipicoten Island in the distance

evening at Le Petit Mort Rocks

evening at Le Petit Mort Rocks

the gravel beach at Cascade Falls is covered in driftwood

the gravel beach at Cascade Falls is covered in driftwood

The campsites in Pukaskwa National Park are marked by a pair of red Muskoka chairs.

The campsites in Pukaskwa National Park are marked by a pair of red Muskoka chairs.

google map

others

Ontario Sea Kayak Centre has Pukaskwa Self-reliant expedition training ($1700)

Naturally Superior offered a trip to Pukaskwa National Park July 16–26, 2015 ($1,490)

Caribou Expeditions http://www.caribou-expeditions.com/tourS7.shtml  ($1553 taxes included)

Black Feather offers this as a custom trip ($2,495.00)

navigation

Hattie Cove

  • Latitude: 48.5885° North
  • Longitude: 86.2897° West
  • Date: 2015-07-14

Magnetic declination: 6° 26.64′ West

Annual Change (minutes/year): 0.7 ‘/y West

Grid Declination: 6° 58.62′ West

Convergence Angle: 0° 31.98′ East

Pukaskwa River

  • Latitude: 48.0029° North
  • Longitude: 85.8928° West
  • Date: 2015-07-14

Magnetic declination: 6° 37.26′ West

Annual Change (minutes/year): 0.7 ‘/y West

Grid Declination: 7° 26.64′ West

Convergence Angle: 0° 49.38′ East

Michipicoten River

  • Latitude: 47.9338° North
  • Longitude: 84.8502° West
  • Date: 2015-07-14

Magnetic declination: 7° 30.30′ West

Annual Change (minutes/year): 0.2 ‘/y West

Grid Declination: 9° 6.06′ West

Convergence Angle: 1° 35.76′ East

Climate

Average daily temperatures

May: 0-13ºC

June: 11-20ºC

July: 10-23ºC

August: 17-21ºC

September: 4-15ºC

Weather

Marine forecast for Eastern Lake Superior

Current Conditions Pukaskwa National Park

MAFOR Code for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River (ON)

Flora

Trees

Black Spruce, Jack Pine, White Birch, Aspen, Tamarack, White Cedar, Trembling Aspen, Large-toothed Aspen, White Pine, Black Ash

Wildflowers

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), Bunchberry, Trillium, Mayflower, Clintonia, Pink Lady’s Slipper, Wood-Sorrel, Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Northern Green Orchid, Rose Pogonia, Pitcher Plant, Sundew.

Pitcher’s Thistle grows on the beach of Oiseau Bay.

 Animals

Moose, Black Bear, Gray Wolf, Red Fox, Woodland Caribou, Lynx, Fisher, Marten, Mink, Weasel, Snowshoe Hare, Red Squirrel, Meadow Vole, Deer Mouse, Beaver, Muskrat. River Otter.

Birds

Osprey, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hawk, Falcon, Harrier, Raven, Barred Owl, Great Grey Owl, White-throated Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Warblers, Flycatchers, Thrushes, Blue Jay, Gray Jay, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, Common Loon, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard.

Fish

Lake Trout, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Whitefish, Lake Sturgeon, Walleye, Northern Pike, Brook Trout.

 

 

photo of ice-covered shore

tour the toronto islands and the leslie spit

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This is a little winter kayak tour on Lake Ontario. Pretty, but cold. The ice is melting quickly, but we may be able to still see some of it. If the sun is out, and the wind less than 5 knots, we can enjoy some of the most spectacular views you’ll ever see in the city, the ice creates magnificent sculptures that you can only see from the water.

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