Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ontario Beach Travel On Georgian Bay- Tiny Beaches-Some of the Best in Ontario

Often when asked by friends about a nice sand beach, it is hard to choose as each beach area they I have visited has its own attributes. Depending on the weather, the age of the children, or the nature of activities(walking the beach, picnic, or just tanning on the beach) all come in to play. One of the closest Georgian Bay beaches to Barrie for a late afternoon swim and picnic is Tiny Beach about a 40 min. drive using the back roads and avoiding the Ontario summer traffic. The main tourist attraction in the Townhip of Tiny's Beaches is a beach area that is not so tiny and is an extension of the Wasaga Beach chain including Allenwood, and Woodland Beach. You can walk for miles along Bluewater Beach, Wymbolwood Beach, right up to Balm Beach(Midland)

Driving From Barrie, take Highway 26 to the Horseshoe Valley Road, turn right on to the Horseshoe Valley Road (Simcoe Road 22). Take your first immediate left on to SimcoeCrosslands Road). Stay on 29 go past the drive inn and continue to the bottom of 29 where it meets Georgian Bay. This joins Tiny Beach Rd. and continues to the right. Drive to Concession 6, you will see a beach right of way on your left, however turn right on to ConcessionWymbolwood Nature Preserve. Free parking is down the road on Old Trail Road adjacent to the Wymbolwood Nature Preserve. It is a bout a 5 min. walk back to the beach.

NOTE: Do not park in the no parking zones as the parking police are vigilant, and the fine is hefty. Please remove all of your garbage as well.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Georgian Bay Parks Help Georgian Bay Conservation

With the recent celebration of National Parks Day this past Saturday July 21, we can only compliment early pioneers of the parks in Ontario, as well as parks right across Canada for the insight in creating a conservation philosophy. The parks around Georgian Bay, or within easy reach of Georgian Bay provide a natural touring route for visitors to the Georgian Bay area.

Georgian Bay is blessed with both Provincial Parks, and National Parks each with unique natural history and or historical significance.

A recent trip to The Trent Severn Historic Waterway where the celebration of the Kirkfield Lock was underway for their 100 year celebration. The Trent Severn Waterway links Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay at Port Severn. In 1907 the Kirkfield Lock was an engineering marvel, and today provides a waterway for recreational boaters to explore many of Ontario's hidden secrets.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007


No License Required During 14th Annual Ontario Family Fishing Weekend

Ontario’s annual Family Fishing Weekend aims to introduce a new generation of anglers to the joys of fishing and the importance of a clean, healthy natural environment, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay said today. “Fishing is a wonderful way for family and friends to enjoy the outdoors together and gain a greater appreciation for Ontario’s natural environment,” said Ramsay. Six events are taking place in the towns, villages and Provincial Parks in the Georgian Bay Area. Visitors looking for Georgian Bay area accommodation

Georgian Bay Weekend Events

Awenda Provincial Park-Penetanguishene Georgian Bay

Event: OFFW Activities Date: July 7-8, 2007 (Various times) Location(s): Awenda Provincial Park Host(s): Ontario Parks

Details: Activities include a presentation on fish at Awenda Provincial Park. For more information please contact Awenda Provincial Park at 705-549-2231 Georgian Bay area accommodation

Georgian Bay Bass masters-Penetang Harbour-Georgian Bay

Event: Georgian Bay Bass masters Tournament Date: July 8, 2007 (7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Location(s): Penetanguishene Harbour, Georgian Bay Host(s): Georgian Bay Bass masters

Details: For more information on the Georgian Bay Bassmasters. For more information please contact Laurie Charlebois at 705-527-7351 Georgian Bay area accommodation

Owen Sound-Georgian Bay

Event: Family Fishing Fun Day Date: July 7, 2007 ( 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ) Location(s): Queen's Park Bandshell Host(s): Knights of Columbus 2092

Details: Come join us for a fun day of fishing. $3.00 entry covers lunch (hot dog and soft drink or water). Some equipment is available on a first come first served basis. Prizes awarded for fish caught and released. For more information please contact Kevin Quinn at 519-376-3193

Georgian Bay area accommodation

Parry Sound-Oastler Provincial Park

Event: OFFW Kid's Fishing Derby Date: July 8, 2007 (Noon - 3:30 p.m.) Location(s): Oastler Provincial Park Host(s): Ontario Parks

Details: Oastler Lake Provincial Park will be holding a children's fishing derby for kids 12 and under. The derby will include all species of fish. The derby will be located at the boat launch. Weigh your fish in by 3:30 p.m. to be eligible for a prize. Please make sure that your fish is weighed as soon as it is caught so that it may be safely released back into the lake. Standard Day Use Fees will apply to any vehicles entering the park for this event. Registered campers are exempt from this fee. For more information please contact Darren at 705-378-2401 Georgian Bay area accommodation

Port Severn-Georgian Bay

Event: Hidden Glen Family Fishing Derby Date: July 7, 2007 (6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Location(s): Hidden Glen Marina and Trailer Park Host(s): Hidden Glen Marina and Trailer Park

Details: Family fishing derby and fish fry (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.). Registration is $10 per adult, children are free. Registration must be completed by July 2, 2007, by e-mail or by contacting Katie. Limited camping sites, boat ramp and docks available on first come basis. Registration fees go to prizes for larger fish in all categories. Come and join the fun on beautiful Georgian Bay

Wasaga Beach Georgian Bay

Event: Kids Fish-n-Fun Day Date: July 8, 2007 (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Location(s): Nancy Island Host(s): Wasaga Beach Fish & Game Club, Ontario Parks, O.F.A.H. Details: Fishing for kids. Bring your own tackle and gear (limited supply available to borrow). There will be demonstrations, food and drink, prizes and participation packages. For more information please contact Lanny Begin at 705-429-6897 Georgian Bay area accommodation

Conservation During Family Fishing Week

“Fishing is good family fun that instills a deeply- rooted awareness and respect for nature and conservation," said Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Executive Director, Mike Reader.

During family fishing weekend, anglers fishing without a free must follow the conservation free limits set out in the current Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. Information on these limits will be available at each participating site.

“I would like to thank our partners for supporting the family fishing weekend and helping us increase awareness of the direct connection between good fishing and good conservation practices,” said Ramsay. “T he Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the Canadian Sport fishing Industry Association, the Canadian National Sport fishing Foundation, the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have all contributed and their continued involvement is appreciated.”

More information about the Ontario Family Fishing Weekend and related events across the province is available at or by telephoning the Natural Resources Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940.

Ontario Family Fishing Weekend takes place during National Fishing Week, which runs from July 1 to 8 July.

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Monday, July 2, 2007

Canoeing In Ontario

Where Can I go Canoeing In Ontario?
With all of the publicity surrounding the Canoe as one of Canada's top 7 icons many new Canadians have a great desire to get out try out this tourist activity. Most Provincial Parks will have canoes for rent, or will point you in the right direction. For those individual who want a guided approach to the canoeing experience can start with a group canoe short trip at Ontario's Famous Wye Marsh in Midland. The Wye River flows into Georgian Bay (photo of Wye Marsh Canoe Outing).

Most Ontario resort properties will have canoes on site for guests, some will charge extra for the use of a canoe.

As well, many resort properties in the Georgian Bay watersheds have put together special canoeing and kayaking getaways.

Perhaps one day a canoeing adventure will follow with a trip through one of the many watersheds to Georgian Bay.

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Canada Day on Georgian Bay --The Cradle of Ontario's History

Georgian Bay is the Place to Be on Canada Day

The earliest European settlements in Ontario were located in the Midland-Penetanguishene area of Southern Georgian Bay. One can step back into Canada's historical past and re-live the life of what it was like to be alive on July 1, 1615 when Samuel de Champlain was visiting the La Mer Douce, the sweet water sea. See Midland for links to local accommodation and attractions or visit the Town of Midland Ontario site for details on Canada Day celebrations.

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