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Orillia to Parry Sound - 30 hours, $900 in fuel and an incredible week! 26 Aug 2008 01:35 #1

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Just completed our week long trek from our marina in Orillia to Parry Sound and back. Just and incredible problem free week. The weather was simply amazing - hot during the day and reasonable at night. We ran A/C a couple of hours each night just to cool the cabin off and the shut it down. We averaged about 11mph but spent most of the time at around 9mph which was about 1500rpm, basically trawler speeds. We had no intentions of running that slow, but the scenery was incredible. It is amazing how the colour of the water changes as you travel north into Georgian Bay.

Our first night was spent at the Rawley Resort at Lock 45 which is a beautiful spot. The service there is second to none and the restaurant is fabulous. Just don't eat there if you are bringing kids, as it is a waste to spend $20 on Kraft Dinner. We ended up staying here 2 nights as there was a tornado warning the second day (never happened of course). The pool on the grounds is beautiful, as is the sunset (below).

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Next morning, through lock 45 and into the bay. If you haven't done it before (like I hadn't) take a walk to the other side of the lock as you won't believe your eyes at how narrow the channel is (one boat at a time). Some of the depths are very low also as you make your way up the channel - my readings in the channel was less than 5 feet in some spots. The scenery is absolutely incredible.


An hour and a half later we stopped at Picnic Island for gas and supplies. Great grocery store on the island with great meat and produce.

After leaving Picnic Island, we were off to the famous "Henry's Fish and Chips" on San Souci(?) Island. This is a small restaurant with gas and transien accomodations and world famous fish and chips. Great food and service here also.

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Once we awoke to another sunny day, we made the 4 hour cruise to Parry Sound and stayed at Big Sound Marina which is for transient boaters only. Here we saw the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen.

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We left early the next morning and cruised all the way back south to Frying Pan Bay where we anchored for 2 days. This is an amazing completely sheltered anchorage on Beausoleil Island.

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Two days later and we were back on our way south with another refueling and grocery stop at Picnick Island and back south through the locks. About 1 hour south of Big Chute is a little very hidden anchorage called lost channel. We stayed on the hook here one more night before making the 5 hour trip back to Orillia.

Over all we put almost 31 hours on the engines, 10 hours on the genny, $900 in fuel, consumed 2 bottles of Captain Morgans Spiced Rum and a couple bottles of wine and had a flawless trip!

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Orillia to Parry Sound - 30 hours, $900 in fuel and an incredible week! 26 Aug 2008 01:52 #2

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Looks like you had a good time. And those pics sure bring back memories - G-Bay was our old stompin' ground. Thanks Lyndon.

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Orillia to Parry Sound - 30 hours, $900 in fuel and an incredible week! 26 Aug 2008 14:09 #3

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We been to Beausoleil Island and it is a very nice place to anchore. Sounds like you had a great time. I'm still wanting to slip in georgian bay over lake Simcoe because of the amount of portected anchorage's on georgian bay.

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Orillia to Parry Sound - 30 hours, $900 in fuel and an incredible week! 26 Aug 2008 17:55 #4

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We did the same cruise from Lefroy last year with our friends in a sea ray. cost a little more in gas but the end result was we gave up Simcoe/Couch for Georgian Bay. Both of us moved up to Queens Cove Marina in Victoria Harbour.... We made the trek up to Parry Sound this year, Staying at Frying pan stopping at henry's.. the big difference was Gas round trip under $600. we went through a bottle of tequila as well.

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Orillia to Parry Sound - 30 hours, $900 in fuel and an incredible week! 14 Sep 2008 02:05 #5

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Lyndon

I have not looked in this part of BOC for a while. Glad you had a nice trip great pictures. Henry's is a nice place to stop for lunch but a little hard on the pocket book. Did you make it up to Kill Bear Park? Great anchorage and very nice beaches. The new (forgot the name) Centre in the park is great, the kids would like it. The park has a very nice bike ride trail though the park that I did again this year from Kill Bear Marina a 20k ride round trip.

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Orillia to Parry Sound - 30 hours, $900 in fuel and an incredible week! 14 Sep 2008 05:04 #6

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Beautiful sunset!

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Orillia to Parry Sound - 30 hours, $900 in fuel and an incredible week! 17 Sep 2008 21:31 #7

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Thanks for sharing the pics. Nice photography! Brings back lots of memories when I used to boat out of Keswick Marine. Now living in Alberta and really miss the endless waterways. Just bought a 2858 Bayliner that we hope to transport with us in a move back to Ontario.

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