First, we had to navigate passed some sites. The stone cross below is on Champlain Monument Island. It also serves as a landmark to take a sharp right turn. Champlain did an amazing amount of exploring and charting the waters in what is now Canada, New England, and New York, all without motorized boats!!
The last site before we entered the open waters of Georgian Bay was the Pointe au Baril Lighthouse.
The winds were only about 9 mph so the water on Georgian Bay was calm. But it reminded me of the Chesapeake. One could make out the shore line but it was all grey. It was a good thing that John had gotten all the waypoints for doing the loop downloaded on our charts. It made it so much easier to navigate the 15 miles to the mouth of Byng Inlet.
We entered Byng Inlet passing the Byng Lighthouse whose light is white.
|Close up of Range Markers|
After we got fuel and a pump out, Wrights Marina got us snugly docked on a new section of dock. Talk about custom accommodations, before moving us there, they installed an extra cleat just for us to tie off the stern line. Finally, the sun broke through the clouds and the day turned warm and sunny. This is a very small town of 500 with one restaurant and grocery store. The marina has a courtesy car but we set out by dinghy instead. It was fun to explore the area. Remember back on the Erie Canal we saw a VW bug on a chimney? Well, here they had a old train piling that had a boat on it.
So we did a small grocery shopping and returned to the boat to put away the milk. We headed back for dinner at the restaurant. Dinner was good. I had the pickerel. The dessert was homemade apple pie with ice cream. The apple pie was really homemade and delicious. Neither John nor I left a crumb in our plates. We plan to stay here at least tomorrow and maybe Saturday as there are some high winds forecast but we will see.
Lat 45 degrees 46.07 North
Long 80 degrees 35.14 West