What better way to acquaint yourself Georgian Bay than to explore it by boat?
With outstanding marinas throughout the area, power-boaters and sailors alike find all the amenities at Georgian Bay, ranging from sales and brokerage and marine insurance to repairs.
Traveling inland, boaters of all types will find over 1,000 inland lakes, river channels, and accommodation services with waterfront launches at camp sites and luxury resorts.
If you are interested in taking a cruise why not hop aboard Georgian Bay Country’s most popular seasonal attraction. The famed 550-passenger Island Queen is the largest sight-seeing cruise ship. According to www.gbcountry.com, “It leaves the Parry Sound town dock through June to Thanksgiving, this comfortable ship is the perfect vessel for exploring Georgian Bay’s remarkable wilderness of narrow channels and shallow waterways…it is a three-hour adventure.”
But you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the waters of Georgian Bay. There are a number of rental activities in the area such as kayaking, diving or see-doo-ing. Or grab your camera and try a scenic walk through the number of municipal parks and trails in the area. But be sure to leave plenty of time to work on your swing. There are a number of golf courses and driving ranges in the region.
Or take a walk into the past, through the streets of downtown Midland, and peek into the lives of Midland's past pioneers of industry, its buildings, local businesses and attractions and its busy harbour, all uniquely depicted through murals. Some historical attractions include a reconstructed 17th century Jesuit mission, a 19th century British military base and Canada's first reconstructed pre-European contact aboriginal village.
A cultural highlight in Georgian Bay Country is the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. www.gbcountry.com says, “The 480-seat venue is home to the renowned Festival of the Sound and offers year-round entertainment programming.” Visitors to Parry Sound will also want to see The Museum on Tower Hill and the Station Gallery.
If you are planning a trip with the kids, Georgian Bay has everything children enjoy. From beaches, bike trails, candy shops, paddle boats, cruises, adventure mini-golf, shooting pucks in Bobby Orr's hall of fame, fall fishing holes, and snowy ski trails. Children can enroll in day camps, attend sailing school, join a theatre troupe, learn to paddle a kayak, or improve their swimming skills. Many accommodation providers offer special programs specifically designed to meet the interests of their young guests.
Located only 90 minutes north of Toronto, Southern Georgian Bay is one of the best-kept secrets in Ontario, so come and join in on the fun.