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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