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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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