Although this image of the moon over South Bay Resort does not allow perception of the meteor shower. Peak visibility is anticipated on August 11th and 12th. I can't think of a better place to lie back and watch this phenomenon so book your weekend today. For more information visit: Perseids.
On our way to South Bay Resort, we stopped in Little Current to enjoy the beautiful new waterfront, including the two pavilions. Canada Day Weekend starts off beautifully. The sun is shining and the waters are calm. Many shops here are worth exploring but it's the views of the North Channel while sipping on a Latte from Loco Beans that transforms this car ride into an adventure. We notice an advertisement for Discovery Yacht Charters and immediately think this is a grand idea. Options include Gourmet Dinner and Sightseeing; Overnight star-gazing, Baie Fine or Benjamin Island Adventure. Call 1-800-268-8222 for more info. Sounds delightful!
Serenity! I believe that is the best part of Manitoulin Island. This morning the wild rabbits chased each other through the campground and the butterflies were everywhere. Within one hour of placing the bird feeders, you can spot multiple hummingbirds squabling for the sweet nectar. Manitoulin is relatively untouched by man and at the very least by commercialism. It is an amazing gettaway. We meet so many different people. A couple from New Zealand arrived counting numerous stories of their worldly travels.
Cycling is very popular here. Now that most of the main highways are freshly paved with wide shoulders, I assume we will welcome many more bicyclists. I suggest the Bruce Passage Ride coming up soon in early June. Actually the MICA (Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates) have done a great job of putting together an updated map of trails and routes for all activists. If you want off-road cycling Mclean's Park just up the road from us is an option as is Aundeck Omni Kaning Trail.
Personally, I prefer to just walk the trails. The Cup and Saucer is a favourite. Although, Bridal Veil Falls, Mclean's Park, are just a few that deserve mention. Look up the Ontario Trails Council for all the information you need to plan your next Manitoulin adventure.
2012 Opening weekend was a success. All the preparation and hard work paid off and we were rewarded with sunshine that made you believe you had traveled to the tropics. The regulars returned to their trailers eager to set up their summer hideaway. In no time, we saw the first great catch of Rainbow Trout and it was a superb mid day snack for the appreciative staff. Visitors from nearby Toronto and as far as Victoria, BC even multiple groups from Germany joined us. Some took their first swim of the year, but others just watched while sipping a cold beverage. Daylight stretched out until 10 pm and then the night skies sparkled unlike I have ever experienced. It is difficult to go back to reality on Tuesday morning but the short week brings me closer to returning to the Island for more.