Hi there to all my LJ friends! Loooong time no posting here. All because I’ve been exploring our beautiful Bruce Peninsula here in Ontario once again, free of any computers or cell phones this time.
The water is turquoise, the cliffs are white, the sky is blue – heaven on Earth!
We also managed to go see Manitoulin Island for a day, travelled there by Chi-Cheemaun ferry – the largest ferry on the Great Lakes. The ride was really great (pun intended:), and the fact that we were travelling through the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem to the world’s largest freshwater island made it even more interesting. Manitoulin Island is quite large for a day trip, so we didn’t see all of it, mostly drove around its western and southern parts. North of the island, along the North Channel, has lots of picturesque bays with marinas in almost each of them, shores are mostly rocky and pebbly. While the southern shore has beautiful long sandy beaches. West of the island has most of the towns and civilization, which are still to be explored.
In one of the local magazines I’ve read that with the current amount of visitors Chi-Cheemaun is getting less and less profitable, currently just paying for itself. The ferry rides were very popular until the road to Manitoulin was built. Plus, according to the magazine, today’s generations are less interested in the North than the previous baby-boomers one. So if you happen to be in the Bruce take a ride and support the ferry! Or at least watch it go while it’s still here. The ride is about 45min from Tobermory to South Baymouth, and it’s really fun. Chi-Cheemaun was the last ship built in historic Collingwood Shipyards, and has been active since 1974. Her name means “the big canoe” in Ojibway, and she is indeed magnificent.