Georgian Bay is a Great Lake which is the world's largest freshwater lake that is home to many cottages and campgrounds all along the shorelines for perfect summer vacations.
It has Manitoulin island and Sudbury to the north, with Parry Sound to the east, Simcoe and Grey County to the south, and Bruce Peninsula to the west. Included in the geography of Georgian Bay are the thousands of islands dotted along the shoreline. Due to its popularity as an Ontario tourist destination, Georgian Bay cottages are noticeable in nearly every community within the area.
The Georgian Bay cottages are located all around the Bruce Peninsula, providing a place to stay. Because the bay stretches to about 320km and is about 80km, there are plenty of rental places available, many of them waterfront properties. The rugged beauty of the Georgian Bay area has inspired landscapes by many artists, including the Group of Seven.
Georgian Bay is surrounded by several districts and counties. One of these counties is Bruce Country, Ontario, which is in the region west of the bay. It has a number of small communities, one of which is Wiarton that is at the base of the Bruce Peninsula. This is one of the places made famous by a festival held in February every year, in which Wiarton Willie makes his Groundhog Day Prediction. At the northern tip of the Peninsula along Georgian Bay is the town of Tobermory where you can take a boat tour on the deep, cool waters of Georgian Bay. Located just off the coast of Tobermory is Fathom Five - Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area. The park preserves 22 shipwrecks which can be seen during a glass bottom boat tour that also have several area historic lighthouses. Fathom Five’s freshwater ecosystem contains some of the most pristine waters of the Great Lakes.
Tourism forms a huge part of the economy in Wiarton, where tourists are attracted to the resorts and cottages, as well as the marina, which is ideal for boating. Wiarton is characterized by the limestone cliffs which split the town. These are known as Niagara Escarpment, which is a UNESCO reserve, and is about 725km long and part of the Bruce Trail. Those people who are fans of hiking have been known to follow Bruce Trail. This is considered the oldest and longest footpath in Canada. The trail leads through Wiarton, up Bruce Peninsula, towards Tobermory. It also leads along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, offering views of Georgian Bay.
Cape Croker Indian Park, which is run and owned by the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation is located also up the Bruce Peninsula. It provides camping ground from May right through until thanksgiving. Campers staying in Cape Croker can swim in Georgian Bay, indulge in some canoeing or just laze around all day.
Lion's Head, Ontario, is another popular community in Bruce County. Lion's head is perhaps best-known for being a place for those who like water-sport endeavors such as kayaking and canoeing. However, as the Niagara Escarpment runs through Lion's Head, it is a place where rock climbing and hiking are popular. That is no surprise, when you consider its name came after an apparent likeness of a lion's face was seen in the rock.
Georgian Bay itself is nearly the same size as Lake Ontario. The eastern portion forms part of the Canadian Shield, which is granite rock that was revealed by glaciers, around 11,000 years previously. As is to be expected, the rock formations are a specific characteristic of the bay. This is one of many things that attract visitors, visitors who often stay in Georgian Bay accommodations during their time in Bruce County. Come and enjoy the majestic blue waters of the area while enjoying a fantastic relaxing summer vacation at lots of Georgian Bay cottages.
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