Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Change of Pace: A Trip to Mantoulin Island

 This is certainly a change of pace; in fact no nature at all. This post details a trip to Manitoulin Island, concentrating on Little Current, and Kagawong. The Island, Manitoulin means"spirit world"in Ojibwa, is the 172 largest island in the world, which I find astounding since it is located in the Great Lakes.Or the largest fresh wate island in the world.You can reach it by ferry from Tobermory, by swing bridge, or by sail which,as an old freshwater sailor, I think is the best way. Opposite:The Swing Bridge.
 While there I heard that European cruise ships are now making it a stop over. No wonder since the Island has over 100 freshwater lakes of its own,augmented with numerous hiking trails,some along the ridge in the back of the opposite picture. That's the North Channel favourite trail of the fur traders of the 18th century.The population is about 12000, but grows in the summer, because it is so accessible from the south.The deer population is larger that the human one. In fact in Little Current the Stars, and Stripes is just as numerous as the Canadian flag.

 Another view of the North Channel.  We'll visit Little Current, a sailing mecca and Kagawong on the Georgian Bay side of the Island. I'm encouraging you to view the video because it so much more complete. Just click the Vimeo link below, which will take you to the Video directly. You can leave comments there, or here.
Little Current, under sail

Stone Church, Little Current

Yacht Club, Little Current

Boat Works

Captain's House

Port Shops

Hotel

Bridal Veil Falls, Kagawong

Same

 The Chocolate Works Kagawong. It sells low calorie chocolate. If you believe that, just step this way.
Dress Shop, Kagawong

Flowers

Flowers

Residence

Museum, and Town Hall

Residence

Stone House

Storing up for winter

Pure wood row boat


 This is the Anglican Church at Kagawong. There's a story here, so you'll have to watch the video. To watch the video simply click here:Vimeo which will take you to vimeo.

A post to: id Rather b Birdin,Our World Tuesday, and WBW.
Pulpit, an actual ship's bow.

46 comments:

  1. Nice places you visited recently. Love the tour.

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  2. What an interesting looking place. Love the waterfall.

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  3. Quite a change in scenery! The Great Lakes are marvelous.. living all my life near Lake Superior, it's one of my favorite places on earth. (of course, there are many places within and around the place.. the wonder of a lake so large.)
    Thanks for sharing a great tour!

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  4. Thought you had gone to the city at first but what a brilliant place to visit, like a small country.

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  5. looks to be perfect weather for a nice little escape Gary; I also enjoyed and 'liked' your video production. The waterfall was fantastic

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  6. Hi Gary

    A fun post and the ship's prow useds as a pulpit reminded me of Father Mapple in Mody Dick. I also covet the row boat.

    All the best.
    Guy

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  7. Hi Gary

    I loved the post I covet the row boat and the ship's bow used as a pulpit reminded me of Father Mapple in Moby Dick.

    Thanks
    Guy

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  8. A beautiful and interesting place to visit. Lovely captures of the sights.

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  9. 172nd - I wonder what kind of wild celebrations when on at the tourist board when they found that out!

    Nice pictures.

    Cheers

    Stewart M

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  10. A beautiful change of scene for you Gary. Brilliant landscapes. When you mentioned Tobermory I thought for a moment you were in Scotland.

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  11. Enchanting scenes of the island. Adore the creative view of the boat prow for a pulpit.

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  12. I'm glad I watched the Vimeo as well as looked at your stills. I have never been on Manitoulin so this post was a treat.

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  13. Gary, I loved the tour and the photos. What a pretty place. The waterfalls is beautiful. great series, have a happy day!

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  14. Wow....nothing can beat a seaside! I love this area and your tour Gary.

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  15. What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

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  16. What a lovely place! The water falls are so beautiful.

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  17. Lovely stills, and super video. Lovely old homes and the church is so special. Greetings from Jean

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  18. That is a wonderful trip, at least the photos are amazing!
    I'm sure you had a grand time.
    Happy trails!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario

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  19. What a great trip and I do love the waterfalls! Terrific captures as always, Gary! A great video as well!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a great week!

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  20. Very nice. I haven't been to Manitoulin Island for so long. It was great to see it again ;-)

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  21. It looks like I need to visit Kagawog. It looks like a lovely place, and, well...it has a chocolate shop! ;o)

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  22. Glad you had a change of pace! It looks quaint - a place I would like to go, especially when there's a harbor:) Even more, chocolate, since I don't care about calories!

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  23. Very interesting post and I loved the video. It looks a whole world away from what you usually post! I'd love to walk around and have a good look at some of the boats - especially the old and historical ones.

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  24. Nice photos! I love the color of that green house and I especially like your wood boat photo.

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  25. what a day trip. when on vacation or trip you don't count calories, so go ahead gobble them chocolates :)

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  26. Low calorie chocolate! How do I get my hands on that.

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  27. I never knew of this island. Truly one of nature’s treasures.

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  28. Such a variety of interesting sights. Hope you sampled the chocolate shop!

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  29. That looks like a great place to visit. You captured the sights so well.

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  30. What a cool place, I hope you've got more photos of it to post.

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  31. Beautiful story with wonderful pictures.

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  32. It really is quite different to where you live. Lovely shots.

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  33. What the glorious series of the beautiful pictures. such the Island looking amazing to visit in the pictures. such a great tour indeed. thanks for sharing your experience...Dear..

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  34. This was a change of pace for you and a wonderful tour for us. Love the falls and Chocolate!

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  35. Wonderful pics! I enjoyed the video tour very much!

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  36. A sweet place. Thanks for the tour.

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  37. Thanks for the new word - 'manitoulin.' Lovely series. My faves are the stone church, the Residence, and the purewood rowboat.

    Hazel

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  38. You have taken us on a lovely tour. Thank you.
    Happy travels and thankyou for stopping by my blog today.

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  39. Oh! My gosh! I want to go there. I love the photo with the row boat. Very cool.

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  40. What a beautiful travelogue, with such a wonderful variety of photography. Though I've been in 45 countries. I would like to see this place as well. Right now, I'm in Mumbai, India for six months. Will return home to San Francisco, December 3.

    My Wild Bird Wednesday is at:

    http://rnsane.blogspot.in/2013/08/wild-bird-wednesday-59-kites-not-those.html

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  41. HI Gary great tour and wonderful shots

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  42. It was so much fun to watch that video...you're really getting professional (and fun to hear your voice!)...the Island is wonderful. I'm really glad you got to go there and thank you for sharing it. It just seems like a charming place and I know we'd love it.

    Also please send me some of that no-calorie chocolate ))))

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  43. Forgot ... I was going to say that the church reminded me of the one we visited in Massachusetts where Herman Melville went and where he got the inspiration for Moby Dick. And it has the boat part as an altar too.

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  44. Enjoyed this post. We had a cottage further west on Manitoulin for 10 years in the 80's, and drove from the ferry dock many times along the south shore roads. The chocolate shop must be new; I'm sure we would have found it quickly if it was there when we were!

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