Tobermory and Manitoulin Island

Tobermory is the town at the very north end of Bruce Peninsula, about 20 minutes from Summer House, where you catch the ferry to Manitoulin.

Scuba Diving Capital - Whoda Thunk It?

Scuba Diving Capital - Whoda Thunk It?

We started the day VERY early (by holiday standards): we were on the road at the ungodly hour of 5:30 AM, to catch the 7:00 ferry. The ferry is about half the size of a Vancouver to Victoria ferry, cost almost $200, and takes almost 2 hours to get to South Baymouth on Manitoulin. One very unusual aspect of this ride: there was a Parks Canada employee on board and the whole time he did a spiel about all the islands within their park (that the ferry passes through). It was really nicely done and interesting. It’s nice to see government money being spent this way (though I suppose I should really be outraged that his cost was borne by the taxpayers and not by the passengers like me!)

 

Manitoulin’s claim to fame is that it is the largest freshwater island in the world. It is about 150KM by 25KM and itself contains around 100 lakes, including the largest lake-within-a-lake, Lake Manitou. We took a couple of wrong turns and ended up seeing a bit more of the island than I had intended. It feels somewhat like a flat Gulf Island. There is not all that much to do here touristy-stuff-wise, but we did catch a game of mini golf (I was even worse than usual), and we’re going ATV’ing tomorrow. Though we reached the island around 9AM, we didn’t reach the campground (Batman’s) until almost 2:00. There is a lot of First Nations on this island.

Batman’s is really nice again; also on the lake, no pool, busy but not too bad. The weather got somewhat hot again today, for only the 2nd or 3rd time. So far, Ontario is, happily, NOT living up to its reputation for fierce summer heat and swarming mosquitoes!

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