|Picturesque beach at Gore Bay - after a 20min bike ride from our cottage.|
|Getting ready for the next cycling adventure, with Ice Lake in the background|
|The Meldrum Bay Inn, where we had a fantastic dinner - Full Review Here|
|The stone pier out into Meldrum Bay. It was cool to see, but likely not worth the hour drive from Gore Bay as there wasn't much else in the area.|
|An old sign that lists just about everything you are going to find in quaint Meldrum Bay.|
|Majestic Bridal Veil Falls. We wished we had more time to swim in the lagoon below like some were doing, but sadly we only got a quick visit on our way off the island.|
|One of the many beautiful sailboats docked at Little Current, our entry/exit point of Manitoulin Island.|
|Manitoulin Island is a pretty well kept secret compared to other Ontario 'Cottage Country' destinations, so we were a little surpised to see a cruise ship making the rounds.|
|Enjoying the sunshine and the view. If I want my own boat one day I may have to start a little smaller.|
Some musings about Manitoulin Island:
-There are two ways to get to the island, a 3 hour drive from the Toronto area, followed by a 1.5 hour car ferry, or a 6 hour straight drive. When you factor in having to arrive at the ferry 1 hour before departure you are looking at similar timelines. We choose the road route as it provided a much more flexible schedule.
-As the island isn't very accessible by car, there are surprisingly few on the road. This makes for fantastic cycling with little towns and places of interest separated just enough for a nice ride.
-Take a week if you truly want to experience the island. A weekend is far too short. Plan to picnic by beaches and hike the trails. The more you can cover on bike & foot the better as it's hard to really appreciate it's beauty from the non-coastal main road that spans across it.
Here is my review of Evergreen Resort, the cottage we booked for the trip.
Mike @ Palms & Pints