Above, is the kind of terrain that will flash past your car's window as you travel along Highway 69, or Highway 637 in the Killarney region. The "bush", as Canadians call it, stretches on for kilometer after kilometer offering views of marshlands, rocky hills and tree-laden lands. Below, the Still River detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), from which officers patrol Highway 69. Generally, the Georgian Bay area is a very safe place in which to travel. Some municipalities have their own police departments, other contract with the OPP.
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Killarney Mountain Lodge representatives were doing an excellent job of promoting their lodge and their community at the 2016 Toronto International Boat Show in January.
Killarney Mountain Lodge has been undergoing some upgrades and plans are to start opening year-around in 2017.
This lodge was originally built in the late 1940s by the Fraehauf family. In January of 2015, the newest owner, Holden Rhodes, embarked on an extensive renovation and expansion program.
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Photographs by George Czerny,
author of travel guide "George's Georgian Bay, which is available for on-line purchase at www.blurb.com..
Located on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay, Killarney is a small waterfront community reached by taking Highway 637 for 67 kilometres, west, from Highway 69. Along that stretch of wilderness road, author George Czerny saw more wildlife in one day than in one day anywhere else around Georgian Bay. A reminder - should you see bears along the highway, honk at them and leave them alone. That's the advice Ontario ministry of natural resources staff gave George, pointing out that it is important that people not try to interact with bears and definitely do not feed them! Killarney offers accommodation, restaurants and safe mooring in its protected waterway. From Killarney, one can set off to explore miles of waterways, or hike in Killarney Provincial Park where on can also go camping.
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The "Beware of Moose" signs
are a serious reminder that drivers must watch out for moose which might be crossing the road.
A moose is not only magnificent, it is also massive. Hitting a moose with one's vehicle can do a lot of damage to a vehicle and injury to occupants.
Keep in mind that one these Ontario highways, especially in the northern areas of Georgian Bay, help is likely some distance away.
Deer too, can wander onto a highway and present a danger, especially when they "freeze" in the vehicle's headlights and do not jump to safe ground.
Other animals one might see on, or alongside, highways in wilderness areas are foxes, racoons, porcupines and - occasionally - a wolf, coyote, or fox.
So, drive with care!
Sighting wildlife can be wonderful in the Georgian Bay area. Sometimes it happens. Sometimes it does not.
In the photographs on this page, the one above, at left, shows a moose - a little one - standing on some rock adjacent to the wilderness woods ( or as Canadians call it....the "bush"). There were actually two moose there, but one wandered behind some trees as this photo was taken.
Above, a photo of a small bear adjacent to Highway 637 between Killarney and Highway 69. Note: Do not approach bears and do not feed, or try to feed, them!
At left, look closely and spot the deer which were caught grazing in some new-growth :"bush" not far from Georgian Bay.
There are two deer in this photo. One at mid-photo at left and one at mid-photo at right.
Mother Nature gave deer their coats with colours that blend in well with their surroundings!
Photos by George Czerny.