Tom Thomson, Georgian Bay, Byng Inlet, 1914 Oil on Wood 21.7 x 26.9 cm

Norgate Inlet

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Norgate Inlet lies between Pointe au Baril and Byng Inlet.

heritage

Gereaux Island has a small place in Canadian art history. Tom Thomson’s painting Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay 1914 – 1915  originates here. Ross King wrote about it in a piece for the Walrus. The painting is now in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The AGO has a little sketch of the painting.

other resources

White Squall has a trip to this area: http://www.whitesquall.com/19-programmes/adventures/529-naiscoot-and-painted-rocks-july-10-12-$545.html

White Squall organizes Norgate Passages (July 4 – 7) $790 http://www.whitesquall.com/19-programmes/adventures/544-norgate-passages-july-4-%E2%80%93-7-$790.html

 references

Kas Stone, Paddling and Hiking the Georgian Bay Coast, p79-82.

 

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

Churchill Islands

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no details available at this time

Others

Horizons Adventures has a trip from Britt to Champlain Island. http://www.horizonsadventures.com/trips-26/level-1/britt—georgian-bay.html 3 days, 2 nights, $585.00 ; July 10-12, July 31-Aug 2nd, Aug7-9, 2015 5 Day, 4 nights , $775.00 Sept 10-14, 2015

References

Reynolds, Jonathon, and Heather Smith. Kayaking Georgian Bay. Erin, Ontario; Buffalo, N.Y.: Boston Mills Press, 1999. Print. pp. 54-58