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Re: Georgian Bay Cruising

Perhaps not much more to add. At our marina in Penetanguishene many of our neighbours are from Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener. Once you get the hang of things around here you could arrive, say, 7:00pm, if you get away early enough and still get out to an anchorage at Beausoleil Island by dark (or a little later, once your are familiar with the navigation) and set anchor. Next day, Saturday, you can get a move early on, although you will likely motor until wind sets in. You will easily make it to Monument Channel or Indian Harbour for another overnight, or to Beckwith/Hope/Christian Island (depending on wind/anchoring conditions for the latter three) and have plenty of time to get back on Sunday. Don't worry about crowding at the Islands - the anchorages are large and we have been there when over 100 boats showed up. Busy? Yes. Crowded? We still had swing room. Noisy? Not really. The benefit of the Islands is that a late arrival, aided with GPS and radar (or a sharp lookout) is quite feasible. Watch for boats that don't turn on their anchor lights or only use minuscule solar lights to mark themselves. Hope this helps with your decision making. I have not mentioned all of the anchorage available within 2 hour sail or motor from either Penetang or Midland but, yes, they can get crowded although the anchorage east of Beausoleil has plenty of room and if your draft permits entry to Beausoleil Bay, there is plenty of room there as well, even though it gets quite busy (with water level low, I would be a bit nervous if you draw more than 5 ft and even then you have to watch it since the markers do not quite keep you away from one shallow area that you may wish to avoid).
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