Georgian Bay to North Channel
JULY 25 Frying Pan Island to Parry Sound, Big Sound Marina
Here we are in
Henry's sign. We
were told that
Jimmy Buffet, and
people flew by
seaplane here for
dinner. They have
the best battered
We left Frying Pan Island around 0830, following Distant Shores. It was a much more relaxing ride
than yesterday, although we started out with beam seas in the opening part before we ducked behind
islands with no roads. Boats and seaplanes are the only way to get around. The water is the highway!
We are at Big Sound Marina on Parry Sound, 15 miles north of Frying Pan.
off our stern.
is in effect.
Our flags were
out. Good thing
we left early
We took a walk into town since Jim had to mail a letter at the post office. Lily was a little nervous
with all the passing cars and a train passing over a huge RR bridge, so we found a quiet porch at a gift
shop and waited for Jim. The wind quieted down around 1700. It must have hit at least 30+ MPH and
was constant for several hours. The picture of the flags straight out does not give you the full effect
of the force of the wind. In the bay in front of us, seaplanes are landing and taking off from the airport
to our left. They even fly people to Henry's Fishhouse Restaurant where we were last night.
We just received this picture from friends at home.
Winds caused a tree to fall in our driveway. It's
being held up by another tree, but needs to be cut
ASAP because if it falls, it will crash into our fence,
and here we are over 850 miles from home!
grocery store since we needed to buy some heavy items...soda, milk, OJ. We took a walk over to the
public dock to see Distant Shores who are planning to leave for home. The weather forecast is strong
winds 25+ MPH for the next few days.
JULY 27 We will not be heading for Killbear today. The wind is too strong. Although it's just a short
ride across the sound, there isn't much to do there. If you close your eyes right now, it feels like one
of those January/February cold winter day when the icy wind blows. We slept with windows open and a
JULY 28 The winds have calmed down some, but it's still brisk. This is probably typical of this area
because boaters are coming and going. We have gotten a lot of local knowledge about the G-Bay from
boaters here. We also re-read the website www.goldentrawler.com. We met Golden a few years ago
and have kept in touch. Their log is absolutely wonderful and gives detailed information about the whole
trip. We finally got hold of the tree guy, and he will be cutting it down today. We plan to leave
tomorrow for Killbear Marina which is 12 miles from here and should take about 1 1/2 hours. There is
only dial up internet and no stores. We may not be able to connect to email. It was windy all day again
JULY 29-30 We left for Killbear on the 29th late morning and arrived around noon. The winds have
died down and we had a calm crossing over Parry Sound. We ate dinner at the restaurant here with
a couple next to us who keep their boat at Lake Simco. There was no internet or cell phone service,
and we had to use the pay phone and our charge card. The calls started at $4.00! We are leaving
tomorrow with 4 looper boats to an anchorage at Port Au Baril. This will be our first time anchoring
and getting Lily into the dinghy for her walks, so this should be a new experience.
Bobby Orr Performing Arts Center Island Queen Cruise Ship at town dock
Parry Sound is the birthplace of Bobby Orr.
The yellow arrow
is pointing to our
boat, the small
shape at Killbear
west of Parry