Wandering to North Channel After all

September 9, Saturday. Hope Island to Wright’d Marina, Britt, ON

Dirk was energetic this morning, getting us moving on the water by 7:30 am. Our plan was to head West North West to Lion’s Gate, across the width of Georgian Bay. After about 45 minutes of rolling and somewhat uncomfortable travels we rethought our plan. Dirk was concerned that the top of Lake Huron would also be difficult and although we could handle it, it’s not fun. So we altered course and headed due north, and immediately felt relief since we were now heading into the small waves. As we moved north we were also moving toward the the eastern shore which provided additional protection. The change in plans means that we will be cruising on the North Channel of the Georgian Bay, which is protected from the large bay below it. It’s extra miles, but also extra sights and extra comfort. Here’s the improved seas going north and the sparkling seas behind us…

Although the sun was shining nicely the temperature was still in the low 50’s, so we bundled up again. I broke out my parka and knit hat. As we moved north I was able to peruse the guide book we had bought for the Bay and North Channel – now we will need it after all. We identified a likely marina and now we are nicely situated. We also topped off the diesel and had a free pump out. We arrived around 4:30 – that’s a long day for us!

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Boating down the rocky channel to the marina was a treat, as was seeing all sorts of homes built on top of rock.

Wright’s marina has a courtesy car – the first one we’ve seen in Canada I think. We borrowed it to get some groceries, but the store closed just as we arrived at 6pm. However we took advantage of the restaurant upstairs and had a nice meal out – a treat after traveling 9 hours today.

 

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