Last day in Georgian Bay

Last day in Georgian Bay

July 30, 2019 Tuesday Bustard Island group, ON  to Sportman’s Marina, Killarney, ON  40.4 nautical miles.

45°58’11.7″N 81°30’54.2″W
45.969904, -81.515057
Elevation: 577 ft

This is our last day in the Georgian Bay. We’ve really pushed through it faster than we wanted to. We’ll be back again and stay longer. We just received notice of another 2 week lock closure near Chicago in September and need to catch the lock openings our we won’t be able to get to St Paul till next year.

Along the Way

With the water levels as high as they are we were lucky enough to be able to take the channel behind Phillip Edward Island. At normal water levels we wouldn’t have been able to take this run as there is a narrow section of water that is barely four feet. We entered at Beaverstone Bay, crossed Mill Lake and exited out Collins Inlet.

This run was the most beautiful we’ve had in Canada. It had a little bit of everything but locks. Open water, island, narrow channels, trees, spectacular pink granite and plenty of rocks.

A short open water run and then into the Killarney Channel that connects the Georgian Bay to North Channel.

It’s a Sportsman’s Inn is an expensive marina especially given where we are and what it is. NO internet on the island side of the marina.

We googled for the best dive bar in the area. Sportsman’s Inn topped the list. Turns out we were in it. The next closest dive bar is 155 kilometers away.
Sportsman’s Inn was a disappointing dive bar at $8 beer. Do they think this is New York City?

Worse yet, there was no bait store. Don’t Canadians fish? The ice cream store sells worms.

This sign pretty much sums up the town …. Barely open.
Disappearing propeller boat club off for an outing

Disappearing propeller boat (aka Dispro or Dippy) is a unique boat originally built in Port Carling, Ontario Canada. The unique feature is its disappearing propeller, in that if the prop hits an object it will retract into the boat preventing damage.

I came out of yes dear to see what all the noise was behind our boat. This saiboat came by with its foot just flapping in the wind. It was footloose, just flapping. I knew I needed to run for my camera. I was certain it was going to hit the boat dock and then it started going for the boats…

Meanwhile another fancy free boat came along with the sail flapping…

Back on course. It tried a different tack and things appeared to settle down.
LOL Wrong. They had another go at it.
Dale missed the sailboats… but he saw THE bear.


It was a noisy night with whistling in the wind sailboat lines and howling hounds.


There are no mountainous landscapes in Ontario. The highest point is Ishpatina Ridge 2,274 feet above sea level in Temagami, Northeastern Ontario.

Nauti Words

Footloose and fancy-free: someone acting without commitment.
Origin: The bottom of a sail is the foot and must be attached to the boom. If it is not properly attached it may become “footloose” causing the sail to dance randomly in the wind and the vessel not to sail properly.

Try a different tack/change tack: try a different method or approach
Origin: The direction in which a ship moves as determined by the position of its sails and regarded in terms of the direction of the wind (starboard tack). If one tack didn’t bring the ship up properly, one could always attempt another.

Drolleries and Yuks

How long do chickens work?
     Around the cluck!

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