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Old 10-01-2015, 08:32   #1
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Georgian Bay Sailing

My wife and I are headed to Killarney in the Georgian Bay this summer.
We will leave from the Detroit area on Flying Lady, our Hylas 54 which draws 6.5'

We're looking for suggestions to stop along the Canadian shore on the way up. We can make it from Detroit to Killarney, about 300 miles, without stopping (we've done 30 hour runs before), but we'd like to see some of other areas. We're thinking Tobermory. Anyone else been there? We also see that there are a few places along the C shore like Kincardine or Goodrich.

Has anyone else cruised the area? What suggestions might you have.

I've done lots of research on Active Captain too so no need to refer me to there.

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Old 10-01-2015, 08:40   #2
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Re: Georgian Bay Sailing

Tobermory would be a good break for an overnight stop. You would have not trouble with depth there. Not a lot to see in Tobermory, but there are some dive sites nearby and some rock formations worth a look. From Tobermory to Killarney is a day sail.

I used to charter a lot in that region, i.e., North Channel. Just lovely.

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Old 20-01-2015, 09:31   #3
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Re: Georgian Bay Sailing

Bayfield and Goderich (Kincardine too) are two (three) idealic communities along the Canadian shore. Stokes Bay is a great anchorage for a few days of quite time. Very few boats will be anchored there. Because, in the North Channel in summer you will always be sharing an anchorage with many cruisers (good thing too, mind you). Enjoy

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Old 20-01-2015, 10:08   #4
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Bayfield is a beautiful village with some great restaurants and nice marinas and several nice beaches. Spent my teenage years living there and saw a lot of boats from Michigan using it as a stopover. Still visit the place about once a year even though we now live about 600 miles southeast near the Chesapeake.Click image for larger version

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Old 20-01-2015, 11:58   #5
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Re: Georgian Bay Sailing

Great suggestions above. Goderich and Tobermory. You can take a beach day in Goderich, especially with a good west wind- awesome surf to play in.

Plan a day of hiking in tob. Find your way to the "Groto" swimming hole.

Also, try and spend a day on FlowerPot island.

Good places to stop on Manitoulin include meldrum bay and don't miss the ice cream shop in Kagawong.

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Re: Georgian Bay Sailing

We hopped down that coast last season. I wanted to stop in Tobermory, but didn't (timing reasons). We did anchor in a nice bay south of the Bruce Nuclear station (Inverhuron I think). Lovely beach right next to a provincial park, but open to the west so watch the weather.

Goodrich is a nice town. It's a short walk up the hill from the marina, plus there's a great fish restaurant right down on the water. Marina is in an industrial area, but the facility itself is good. They'll loan you a car if you want to drive or to provision. We draw 6 feet and had no problems, although the entrance is a bit harry if there's a following sea.

Killarney is always a fun stop. Gets busy in the summer, but probably nothing compared to what you're used to being from Detroit. Of course, the North Channel beckons once you hit Killarney. Tons of anchorages, neat little towns, and relative tranquility.
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Kilarney for the fish and chips, Little Current for the ice cream

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