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Curtis Johnson posted 04-20-2006 09:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for Curtis Johnson   Send Email to Curtis Johnson  
I am planning a week's trip/cruise late July, taking Newport, camping gear, bikes, fishing rods, etc., and wondering if any our knowledgeable "Whalerwavers" have opinions on the relative merits/dangers, pros/cons of these 3 beautiful areas:

--Prince Edward Island

--Thousand Islands

--North Channel Lake Huron

Two adults, no kids. Thanks in advance.

jimh posted 04-20-2006 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Even though I have spent about 25 weeks or more cruising the North Channel of Lake Huron, there are hundreds of places I still have to visit, and I would not hesitate to go back for another week. I hope to get up there again this summer.

The other two spots you mention are on our agenda for future trips.

Have you read my cruising guide to the North Channel?

cdnwhaler posted 04-20-2006 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for cdnwhaler  Send Email to cdnwhaler     
You've wrapped up most of our best cruising areas into one question so I think you'll hear many opinions here. They are all so spectacular & unique I expect it will depend on what you're looking for.

I have to admit I'm very prejudiced towards the North Channel and Georgian Bay since I grew up in the area and am still in the area.

There is a member here, David Livingstone, who lives on PEI with a Montauk that I think will be able to help quite a bit. Along with Scott Carrol who goes by offshore27, who lives in Halifax.

The 1,000 islands I can't remember who's around there from CW.

There are quite few people around here that have spent considerable time in the North Channel & Georgian Bay. If you enter this, BWGLCC, into the search engine here you'll have enough reading to keep you busy for a while.
Also this index is goos too.

And this Sail log by Jimh had other members on the trip and is a wonderful description of a Georgain Bay trip.

And last, there's me. Call or email.
Good luck choosing. It's a tough decision in my mind.


Curtis Johnson posted 04-22-2006 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Curtis Johnson  Send Email to Curtis Johnson     
I guess the question is-- If you like to camp, but not Wilderness,(want showers,toilets), like to have biking trails, hiking trails,occasional Motels for when you want a night off the ground- which would be the one to lean toward? thanks,
jimh posted 04-23-2006 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In the North Channel, much of the land and many islands are privately owned, and you cannot expect to be able to camp on shore. The land not privately owned is often part of First Nation (Aboriginal) reserves, and it is similarly not available for use as a campsite.

There are a few islands which seem to be neither First Nation or Private, and these are fun to visit. But I do not recall any camp grounds with toilets. Most of these islands are pure rock, so pitching a tent might represent a challenge.

You should plan to either stay aboard your boat overnight at anchor, or to visit a marina or marine park.

The Killarney Provincial Park is very extensive and may offer camping.

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