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

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start
Monday June 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST (3 months and 20 days from now)
end
Friday July 3, 2015 at 4:00 PM EST
duration
4 days 6 hours
distance
60 km
from
Britt
to
the Bustards
classification
Advanced
group size
8
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