Friday, August 19, 2011

Tent Tour 2011- Part Trois

This post takes us on the Car Ferry Chi-Cheemaun (chee chee man) from Tobermory on the mainland to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island then to the far western tip at Meldrum Bay where we camped out for two nights. We had a sunny but chilly crossing on the ferry and a day of rain once on the island. However it did stop long enough to pitch the tent and set up our makeshift shelter for the picnic table and grill.

The Chi-Cheemaun has a capacity of 638 passengers and 143 cars, trucks and motorcycles. reservations are definitely recommended. On board is a cafeteria style restaurant with a licensed lounge. Also has a games room for the kids and a couple of outdoor decks to hang out with the seagulls. It makes the 30 mile crossing in just under 2 hours.

The Chi-Cheemaun is the car ferry that crosses from the mainland at Tobermory to Manitoulin Island at South Baymouth
Life boat aboard the Chi-Cheemaun Car Ferry that runs between Tobermory and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. The crossing is about two hours and costs about $70.00CAD for a car and two passengers. There are several comfy lounges a  cafeteria (actually pretty good) and a bar so you can be in great shape to dodge wildlife in your car on the island!
Relaxing in Muskoka Chairs aboard the Chi-Cheemaun Car Ferry that runs between Tobermory and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island.

Heading west on the worlds largest freshwater island for about 120 kilometers (80 miles) to Meldrum Bay we were unable to stop at the gazillions of vistas and points of interest like a beautiful sandy warm water beach at Providence and 1 of only 6 Imperial Lighthouses in Ontario at Cove Island.
Unfortunately it was raining and we are too precious to go out and get wet so we continued to our campsite at The Point Campground and Marina.


Campsite at Meldrum Bay on the western tip of Manitoulin Island

Sunset at Meldrum Bay in the far western tip of Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Sailboat at anchor in Meldrum Bay

On the 2nd day we took a tour of the western end of the island including a tour of the Mississaugi Lighthouse and Museum. built in 1873.
They also offer a restaurant and camping.



Trailer park at the Meldrum Bay Lighthouse

From the Lighthouse we found some back roads and one cool off road trail that the Montana handled quite well! The trail took us to the shore across a bay from an active fishery. I got out of the soccer-mom van to get some shots of wildflowers and the rocky shoreline and every step I took I heard the rattles of the many Massassauga Rattlesnakes. My walkabout was rather slow but the rattles did not deter me too much...Me He-Man!!





Georgian Bay at the far western tip of Manitoulin Island

On leaving the Island we made some stops in Gore Bay to see another Lighthouse and a scenic view of the town. Then off to Kagawong and a hike into the valley and some river wading to grab some HDR shots of Bridal Veil Falls.

Gore bay Lighthouse
Gore Bay Marina shot from the Gore Bay Lookout
Bridal Veil Falls in Kagawong, Ontario on Manitoulin Island.

Next post will be Oastler Lake Provincial Park in Parry Sound with a day trip to Magnetawan then home.

Random Puppy Shot is not a Puppy at all today, rather my new friend in Meldrum Bay 'Chippy' the Chipmunk who had breakfast with me both mornings :D


Cheers

Gary