Thursday, August 16, 2007

Georgian Bay's Wasaga Beach Development In the News

Getting the Cars Off Wasaga Beach Strip Can Only Be Good For The Environment and the health of all of the visitors who swim at Wasaga. With the announcement today in the Globe and Mail of the massive re-development of Wasaga Beach, a part of the plan is to move the traditional driving strip (which is close to the water) into a boardwalk. This will help stop the amount of oil drippings and other auto detritus washed into Georgian Bay. This will help Wasaga maintain its Blue Flag quality beach status and a health safe environment for families.

The theme of a 'New Orleans' concept is perhaps not as culturally appealing as a sound Canadian historical theme. This is the side of the Development that needs to be tweaked with community input from the historical and cultural development side.
I don't not see any reference to the beach ecology of the area, and this needs to be addressed.
Otherwise, the concept of a newer four season resort development is all positive for Wasaga Beach and the open concept Georgian Bay Eco Museum. Congratulations go out to Levy brothers insight and vision.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Georgian Bay Travel Events Weekend of August 17-19 2007

Ontario Travel Events on Georgian Bay's West Coast and Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island will be hosting the Providence Bay Fair Aug. 17 to 19 at
the Providence Bay fairgrounds. Events include Light Horse Club show
Providence Bay Fair (Providence Bay Agricultural Society)
Date: August 17 - 20, 2007
Phone: 705-377-4876/705-377-5904 fair

Owen Sound hosts Sumerfolk: Third weekend in August from the shores of beautiful Kelso Beach Park, The Georgian Bay Folk Society is pleased to present the 30th annual Music and Crafts Festival "Summerfolk". We are especially proud this year to celebrate our 30th Anniversary! Come help us Celebrate The Past - Embrace the Future. August 19, 21 & 21, 2005.Carolyn Bigley Tickets available online or by calling 1-866-5ATTACK

r over three decades our festival has presented artists from the four corners of the earth, ranging from emerging young talent to some of the biggest names in folk music.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Samuel de Champlain in Georgian Bay Region

1615 Midland Ontario- Joseph Le Caron c1586-1632 arrives with Champlain as first missionary to the Hurons; celebrates first recorded Mass in Ontario at Carhagonha, near Midland. A memorial mass was held this past Sunday at Carhagonha, on Georgian Bay.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Georgian Bay In the Blogs Week August 10

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre-Midland-Georgian Bay-Tay Township

By Membership Chair(Carolyne Sidey)
They include Trumpeter Swans, Birds of Prey, and Amphibians & Reptiles of Georgian Bay. Each of the programs is limited in size to optimize dialogue and participation with each of the participants. Groups are limited to 10. ...
CFUW Oakville

An Aussies View of Georgian Bay Beaches

We were fortunate enough a few weeks back to head out to a cottage that my cousins had rented about 2 hours north west of Toronto. It was on Georgian Bay, but actually felt like we were on a real beach - Georgian Bay is part of the great lakes system. Really beautiful and unspoilt area. Very much a place of summer homes, and lots of open space. The beaches were clean, and unspoilt. It was strange having fresh water instead of sea water...Something about the air! We didn't go swimming, was a bit to chilly for us, but my younger cousins who are under the age of 12 had a ball in the water. See photo's of Georgian Bay Beaches

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Georgian Bay Feature Blogs Week of August 6, 2007

Georgian Bay By cwlh---Last weekend eight of us flew over the Algonquin Park to North Bay and thence to Killarney, in the northeastern corner of Georgian Bay. On the way beyond the western end of Lake Nipissing Chris reported a forest fire we'd spotted,

Publisher's Comment. see fabulous photo's overlooking Killarney Area and the islands of Northern Georgian Bay. See full story and photos

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Monday, August 6, 2007

Georigan Bay Travel Events and Festivals Weekend August 10, 11

Midland Ontario (Midland Area Information)

Celebrate Metis Day at Discovery Harbour in Penetanquishene.
The culture and lifestyle of the Metis.

Wine & Cheese Art Sale at Wye Marsh Midland
. A variety of art and photography will be available for appreciation, viewing and purchase during our "Wine & Cheese in the Marsh". Come and enjoy the diversity of the artists works and discuss with them their inspirations for the pieces featured at this unique event.

Parry Sound (Parry Sound Area Accommodation)

30,000 Island Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament

August 10-12
705-746-4540, ext. 2452/

The WPSHC Foundation invites you and your team to the 30,000 Islands Slo-Pitch Mixed Baseball Tournament. Three divisions based on team level and ability. Every team will be guaranteed three games. All proceeds go directly to the Foundation's ongoing initiatives.

Owen Sound (Owen Sound Area Accommodation)

Log Jam: Tom Thompson: Ends Aug. 11. A selection of masterworks from the Gallerys collection of Tom Thomson works, augmented with loans of major works from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. 519-376-1932

Friday, August 3, 2007

Samuel de Champlain--His Beach Preference in the Summer of 1615

Where did Champlain hang his bathing suit during the summer of 1615?
There are many theories about the legendary Cahiaque. Is it near Orillia, as the Champlain Monument in Lake Couchiging Park states, or is it near Midland and the site of Sainte Marie among the Hurons? Was it a beach location, or an interior settlement along one of the rivers flowing into Georgian Bay. Regardless of the location accessible waterways were critical for canoe travel and the very important and strategic decision for picking a village as a location for business and commerce. Getting to Georgian Bay via what is now the Trent-Severn Waterway would have been the major trading route of its day. Did the Champlain party actually act as tourists and take a few days at the beach..... Huron village in Midland, Port Severn, Honey Harbour, or near Awenda Provincial Park. He could have stopped at what is today major resorts along the way such as Bayview Wildwood Resort in Port Stanton on Sparrow Lake, or the Delawana Inn Inn Honey Harbour, both have lovely beach areas and settings for a leisurely day at the beach.

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