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Cruising the Remote Waters of Northern Georgian Bay

This seminar will cover the area of Northern Georgian Bay from Byng to Killarney. The area is largely wilderness, has a variety of wonderful anchorages and is unique in the Great Lakes as many of the waters are unsounded. You need a sense of adventure to cruise here.

The northern portion of Georgian Bay offers true wilderness cruising. This is where Samuel de Champlain was the first European to set eyes on Georgian Bay in 1615. Most of the area looks the same now as it did in Champlain’s day. There are no roads, very few water access cottages with no electrical service and extensive coastal waters that are not fully sounded to this day. Those doing The Great Loop sometimes skip this area quickly motoring directly from Byng Inlet to Killarney to get to The North Channel. Loopers and all boaters are encouraged to take your time through Northern Georgian Bay. The small craft route is fully sounded and buoyed throughout and there are many beautiful anchorages that are easy to access right along the buoyed passage. There are also lots of spots that require careful conning and local knowledge to enter but if you do, you will be richly rewarded with a memorable anchorage.

Webinar instructor Dave Spencer has cruised this area extensively and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and the collective knowledge of the Great Lakes Cruising Club on both easy access anchorages and those that are well off the beaten path in unsounded and challenging waters.

Even if you aren't immediately planning on cruising Northern Georgian Bay, you will be in for an enjoyable and educational evening as Dave presents an interesting collection of photographs and charts of this beautiful glacier-carved area.

Want to learn more about the the rest of Georgian Bay and The North Channel? Check out Dave Spencer's Cruising Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands and Anchorages of the North Channel.

Recording of CG00325-i: Cruising the Remote Waters of Northern Georgian Bay
Recorded: Thursday, February 8, 2024
Instructor: Dave Spencer

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Meet The Instructor

Dave Spencer
Dave and his wife Kathy live in London Ontario and sail out of southern Georgian Bay. Dave and Kathy have cruised extensively around Georgian Bay and the North Channel aboard their Catalina 34 sailboat named "Good Idea".