Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tent Tour 2011- Finale

This part of the tour finds us veteran camping enthusiasts heading east from Manitoulin Island, across the Swing Bridge, through the heart of The Canadian Shield and south to Parry Sound and the scenic Oastler Lake Provincial Park.

Oastler Lake Provincial Park is a beautiful park nestled on a small peninsula of a scenic warm water lake. The fishing, hiking, boating, canoeing and swimming almost made up for the Freight Train that blasted through every hour on the hour! Not only did the train blast through every hour but the ******* had to give his horn a good long blast for some inexplicable reason....a week gone by and I'm still tired.

The campsite at Oastler Lake Provincial Park near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada

The campsite at Oastler Lake Provincial Park near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada

Relaxing,waiting for my tea

We really did enjoy our stay there and got in some swimming at the sandy beach and took a day trip out to Magnetawan, where I used to go to a friends cottage in my teenage years and early twenties. I tried to find the cottage but things had changed too much there... paved roads...UGH! We followed the roads around Ahmic Lake back to Oastler Lake again. Lot's of photo opportunities found and lost along that route.

Swamp

Swamp

Dragonfly

A Seagull grabbing a piece of my delicious sammich in Magnetawan, Ontario

This fine establishment is the Schmeler Hotel in Downtown Magnetawan where I learned to appreciate the finer aspects of underage impairment..SHHHHH!

I developed my keen beer sense here in my teen years

Back to Oastler Lake and our final dinner of grilled T-Bones and Baked Potatoes done over an open fire pit.

Our last night we had some T-Bones over open fire :)

Early the next morning we set out down Hwy 400 towards home. we did manage a couple of stops though. One was the Iroquois Cranberry farm where I left my camera in the soccer bus because the berries were not in season yet. We will be returning for the bog tour in October during harvest.

Second stop was the Marine Railway in Big Chute. This railway is an amazing feat of technology. Built in the early 1900's to raise boats and ships up the rapids in the Severn River. It was built as a temporary measure until the proper locks could be built but World War One came along and funds dried up. The locks were never built and the Marine Railway is still operational.



The Marine Railway lifts boats in the Severn River  by rail instead of through a lock system.



Inukshuks at the Big Chute Marine Railway on the Trent-Severn Canal

A couple hours later we were home and I proceeded to go comatose.

Can't wait 'till the next excursion :)

Random Puppy shot. It;s a two'fer of Buddy and Sammy.

Sammy the Samoyed playing huggy-face with Buddy the Jack Russell



Cheers

Gary