Monday, July 4, 2016

7/04 Happy Independence Day from Canada

The winds had died down overnight and the sun shone brightly as we pulled out of Midland Harbor.  The Canada Steamship Line was still taking on grain, so we were first out of the harbor.
As we exited the harbor, we passed Brebeuf Lighthouse.  This was the lighthouse that was depicted in one of the murals in downtown Midland.
We headed out into Georgian Bay. The waters were calm.  A new experience for us is the rocky bottom of the Canadian Shield.  Once we crossed to the small craft channel to the north of the bay, the rock outcroppings were everywhere.  "Stay in the channel", takes on a whole new meaning when if you touch bottom you touch rock.  The channel is between those two rocks below, for example.  All I can say is, "nerve wracking."
The predominant winds are from the northwest.  With the heavy winds of the Georgian Bay, the trees are all bent over.
Even the lighthouses are on rocks, here is Red Rock Light.
After winding our way through the channel, we came to our destination for the night, Henry's Fish Restaurant.  It started as a fish camp in the 1930's.  It has been a Fish Restaurant for 35 years.  It is on Frying Pan Island.  The only way to get here is by boat or sea plane.  They have 6 long docks with docking on both sides and a long approach and dock for the sea planes. 
Sea plane landing
Sea plane at dock
Sea plane taking off

Of course, they had boats too.

I had the fish fry with pickerel, a common fish in the Georgian Bay.   It was good and filling, no room for dessert.

Tomorrow, we head to Parry Sound, home of Bobby Orr.

Lat 45 degrees 10.47 North
Long 80 degrees 8.22 West

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