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  GEORGIAN BAY ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK (Beausoleil Island)

This was my first ever canoe trip with the University of Waterloo Outers Club. 23 members of the Club were present on the trip, which took place from Oct. 7-9, 2000.

Maps needed for this trip: 31 D/13 Penetanguishene

Oct. 7
Drive from Waterloo to Honey Harbour
Parked cars at "Joe's Parking" - $5/vehicle/day
Launched from the public dock
Paddled N to Beausoleil Island
Set up camp at Honeymoon Bay
Campsites are first-come-first-serve and operate on an honour system (pay when you arrive)

Todays portage distance = 0 m
Total portage distance = 0 m
Todays paddle distance = 4 Km
Total paddle distance = 4 Km


Oct.8
No paddling today
Our group hiked some of the many trails on the island
Hiked the "Fairy Trail" until we met the "Cambrian Trail", then followed Cambrian back to Fairy - approx. distance of 4.5 km
Total hike was approximately 2 hours
Lots of interesting scenery and terrain on the trails. Trails are very well maintained and marked, with reflective, numbered posts on rocky areas. It's pretty hard to get lost, as there is almost always a marker in sight

Todays portage distance = 0 m
Total portage distance = 0 m
Todays paddle distance = 0 Km
Total paddle distance = 4 Km


Oct.9
Paddled S back to Honey Harbour
Drive home to Waterloo

Todays portage distance = 0 m
Total portage distance = 0 m
Todays paddle distance = 4 Km
Total paddle distance = 8 Km


Notes:
  • Lots of motor boat traffic, be prepared for lots of "wake surfing", noise and smell from gasoline engines
  • Campsites are first-come-first-served, so plan on arriving early to get one
  • Campsites are very developed - wood stoves with roofed shelter overtop, full washrooms, complete with Mens and Womens toilets, wooden tent platforms, picnic tables, some campsites have large picnic shelters
  • Trails around the island are excellent - worth a day or two of exploring
  • Honeymoon Bay campsites seem very susceptible to high winds - at least the one we stayed on
  • Firewood is sold by the park - the "wood barge" comes around daily to sell at all campsites
  • Collecting firewood from the forest is prohibited
  • This trip can be stretched into a longer route. The McCrae Lake Loop can be accessed from Beausoliel Island. See my information on this loop.

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