Along the mountain road
Photographs by George Czerny, author
of travel guide "George's Georgian Bay". George's books are available for purchase on-line at the bookstore of www.blurb.com.
Collingwood, part of which is shown above, is an excellent place from which to start a trip around Georgian Bay. In "George's Georgian Bay", author George Czerny details his travels in a clockwise direction, going west from Collingwood and taking the ferry "Chi-Cheemaun" from Tobermory to South Bay Mouth on Manitoulin Island. (Note: It is important to remember that the ferry operates only from May until October.) From South Bay Mouth, George describes his journey north through Whitefish Falls, Espanola and to McKerrow a small community which is west of Sudbury. From McKerrow, George travels east to Sudbury - the largest municipality in this part of Ontario - and then south through the French River area to Parry Sound. From there, George's southward journey takes you through Honey Harbour to Waubaushene where one crosses a bridge where Georgian Bay and Matchedash Bay connect. From Waubaushene, your journey will continue westward through Midland and Penetanguishene, then south to Elmvale and westward to Wasaga Beach. Wasaga Beach, on the southern shore of Nottawasaga Bay, is the world's longest freshwater beach and just east of Collingwood. A short drive from Wasaga Beach brings you back to Collingwood. Total distance to drive around Georgian Bay is about 690 kilometres.
The Mountain Road leads west from Collingwood, Ontario, to Blue Mountain Resorts, which is the largest downhill ski resort in this part of the province. Blue Mountain Resorts has become a four-seasons' tourist destination because of the many things it offers to visitors throughout the year. In the photograph above, snowmobilers travel the road's shoulder as they head east. Some of the many ski runs at Blue Mountain Resorts are visible to the west ahead of the photographer. In the photograph at right, skiers assemble in preparation for their chair-lift ride to the top of the ski hills.
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