Georgian Bay Shore Walk, Ontario
The trail is hard to find from the road. We spot a fallen-down sign in the bush, and sure enough it says TRAIL so we head that way, across the rocks, and onto a forest path. It emerges on the rocky shore just to the north, and from there we follow the shoreline along until we get to the lagoon – I don’t know if it has a name, but it’s a quiet, hidden little bay with a small inlet that would be hard to find from the larger Georgian Bay. It’s a good place to skinny dip, although we don’t. From there the walk turns into a meander, everyone following their own nose to explore the rocks and the shoreline, looking for frogs and snakes and turtles; admiring the crooked pines, the lichen, the blue of water and sky, the views; enjoying the sun and the breeze; hopping or wading across to tiny islands that used to be mainland. The water is higher than it’s ever been in my memory. Meandering turns into sitting and then into lying on the rocks, relaxing. Water, snacks, and eventually the return walk. The trail is hard to find from the shore too, and we bushwhack a bit before we get back to it, and find our way back to Turtle Lane, back to the cottage, to the others, to supper.
Location: Turtle Lane to the bay behind Edge Island, Georgian Bay, Ontario
Companions: Anna, Isabel, Gaile, Andrew
Date: 28 July, 2018
Sandra Cowan likes to walk on trails, paths, and city streets. She is based in southern Alberta, Canada, as a visitor in the land of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy).