HAPPY SUNDAY! We are officially back on U.S. soil and I have to admit, it’s bittersweet. I’ve been longing for a few of my staple USA items! *Dunkin’ Donuts coffffeeee* 🙈 ☕️ But we LOVED Canada AND as it turns out, we saved the best for last!
The North Channel is, without a doubt, the front runner for our favorite part of the Great Loop thus far. It encompasses everything we love about being on the water. The scenery is breathtaking; hiking trails are plentiful; the gunk holes allow for easy anchoring; and there are even some luxurious resort marinas along the way (Killarney Mountain Lodge)- which as you may have noticed is something I get pretty excited about.
We drifted from Killarney (above) to Topaz Lake at Baie Fine (below).
From there, we overnighted in Little Current – which turned out to be cute and quaint and all things “small town”. (The local grocery store even offered to drive me back to the dock when they overheard I was visiting by boat.) 👸🏼 I picked apples while Tom did some boat maintenance (engine oil change) and then we were off to the Benjamin Islands!
If you’re planning to do the Great Loop…or just happen to have the luxury of visiting the North Channel, put the Benjamin Islands on your “Must Do” list! The islands are simply serene and allow for an absurd amount of fun with easy dinghy access, perfect hiking conditions and ideal campfire sites.
We are blogging today from Drummond Island (🇺🇸 ) and charting our course for the coming week as we make our way to Chicago. I’m practically wiggling in my chair just thinking about getting to Chicago! We’re planning to stay for a week or two and I.Cannot.Wait. to explore another new city!
Post Script: It’s chilly here today – we’re in sweatshirts – and it makes me nostalgic for summer already! 😭
Primitive. Survival. Rating.
Wait. I guess my first update should be that we made it through the l.a.s.t. lock! Phew!
Now that we can finally stop talking about locks…Have you ever watched Naked & Afraid? Its on the Discovery Channel and its one of our favs! Two people are dropped into the wilderness completely naked and expected to survive for 21 days using their “primitive survival skills”.
I’d have to say the Georgian Bay has been sort of like that! (I know, I know…now you have an interesting mental picture, but just bear with me here.)
We kept hearing that the Georgian Bay would be the crown jewel of our trip. Supposedly picturesque beyond belief. It certainly didn’t disappoint on that forefront but, where it really shines is in its remoteness. Island after island with no one to interrupt whatever your day has in store.
We anchored at Spider Bay and then the Bustard Islands. Fully stocked with grilling options and red wine, we decided to relish in the uniqueness of not only the beauty but the surreal opportunity of being completely alone.
The week consisted of a homemade bow drill…and the hours that go along with attempting to make fire without matches, a subsequent campfire (a la matches) 😉, hiking, cliff jumping, sun bathing, fishing, skinny dipping and even two(!) encounters with black bears. Its been a refreshing experience, one I’ll never forget. I’m blogging today from Killarney – the gateway to the North Channel. Its still picturesque and remote, but with a little bit of luxury on the side…quaint dining options, a spa, and LOTS of vacationers! More details on our time here next week! ✌🏼
Hiiiii! Very exciting news! At least “very exciting” by my standards. 🤓 We received this photo from Tom’s family a few days ago…*insert squeals*.
I practically started wiggling in my chair when I saw it.
Power & MotorYacht interviewed us a few weeks ago and we have been so excited and anxious to see it in print! So here it is! I clearly couldn’t resist sharing with you!
Up next: Chronicles from the Georgian Bay!
Hiiii from Fenelon Falls, Ontario! We are docked today due to the wind…16 mph today. Not exactly ideal boating conditions.
We left Toronto a few days earlier under heavy humidity but gorgeous skies.
If there is one lasting memory from Toronto (aside from the humidity) its the food. Every restaurant had its own spin on dining out & we left each eatery completely impressed with the apps, entrees and cocktails. **Restaurant tags below…but the Sunday Brunch Buffet at Cibo Wine Bar is hands down THE best!
We docked at Marina Quay West – it wasn’t the most luxurious marina we’ve visited, but it was downtown in the heart of the action and allowed us to walk to virtually everything. I relished in the fact that there *happened* to be a great nail salon across the street aaaaaand we even got haircuts. (this was a bit of a stressor, and i’m still planing (hoping) to get back to my beloved stylist in Baltimore for my color, but in the meantime, I wasn’t scalped and my hair is feeling so much healthier!) 💇🏼
So! Currently, we are on a mission to get to the Georgian Bay…which includes dozens of small towns and another 41 locks! FORTY ONE LOCKS. (You guys know how I l.o.v.e. the locks.) The one below happens to be picture worthy in more ways than one. Its a hydraulic lift lock AND its also the tallest lock in the WORLD. They essentially have you drive your boat into a bath tub and then lift you 65 feet into the air. Its a joyride of sorts and we were able to capture some fun GoPro pictures thanks to the friendly lock crew.
The Trent Severn Waterway has been littered with super small/quaint towns…some even with wi-fi 💁🏼 and we are pushing through with 8 hours days and lock after lock after lock. Thankfully, the scenery doesn’t suck!
We can’t wait to update you from the Georgian Bay – we hear it is insanely beautiful!
*oh – so I think I have pinched femoral nerve due to running?? Its miserably painful and sometimes *someone* makes fun of me for how feeble it makes me walk! 😬 So that’s fun too! 🙄 Any suggestions or information on how to remedy this would be AWESOME!