Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

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Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

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Rockiroads
Oshawa, Canada1,108 contributions
As beautiful as usual.
Jul. 2021
I have been to this area many many time not just Beausoleil Island. Parked a boat many time at other National treasures other than this island. There are incredible views and nature, great camping and great places to put your boat either on the hook, or at a park dock (if your lucky to get a spot). Its a must see place. Great out buildings for campers to get out of the rain with bear proof lockers. Some camp sites with decks for a tent and bear proof places for garbage The biggest advice is to be mindful of the weather, the rocks in the water, and watch where your going on the land and water.
Written August 3, 2021
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Nuard T
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Beausoleil Island and Cedar Springs - pure magic & Indigenous heritage
Jul. 2021
We had a two-night stay at Cedar Springs Campground on Beausoleil Island this past weekend ... and it was nowhere near long enough. The campsite is boat-access only, and we booked a round trip with Georgian Coastal Water Taxi (highly recommend this service! Todd and Rick are exceptional).

I really can't praise this experience enough. It felt like we were brought to a magical realm. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and welcoming. For such a small campground, it is incredibly well-maintained. There were indoor showers with hot water, bathrooms, and large food lockers peppered throughout the site. Our campsite (#9) was conveniently located steps away from both a food locker as well as a potable water station, close to the Visitor's Centre, bathrooms, and the trailhead.

If you're planning a trip here, be sure to leave enough time to attend the island's programs. Hiking through the beautiful vistas is so much more enriching when you can identify the plants and know the history. These free programs change every day and are offered on a board by the Visitor's Centre, which is close to the main dock of the island. There were at least 3 events on every day -- from hiking tours, archaeology talks, lessons in island wildlife, and Indigenous cultural/natural knowledge.

Indigenous knowledge and culture should be the foundation of any camping trip on Turtle Island, because it is so closely interwoven within our natural surroundings. To have Indigenous guides sharing their own knowledge was really something else, especially when we considered just how long this knowledge has been passed down, honed, honoured, and defended. Special shout-out to Shawn and Emilie, who taught us about local name etymologies, island archaeology, the rich history of the island (pre- and during colonization), and took on us a very special hiking tour where we learned so much about the plants endemic to the area, and their uses by Indigenous Peoples and settlers. Also a shout-out to Mike, storyteller extraordinaire, who kept adults and children alike enthralled with Anishinaabe myths and legends, which he integrated into the island's special features.

The other campers were very friendly and a little walk through the campsite felt like walking through a small village; everyone saying hello and giving advice/recommendations.

Our favourite things: We saw monarch caterpillars turning into chrysalids, water snakes basking in the sunlight, a hognose snake shedding its skin, blue jays flitting through the trees, a tiny thrush unleashing its haunting song, approximately 1,000 chipmunks, sweet little brown bats roosting, woodpeckers tattooing American basswood in strangely beautiful designs, serene wetlands, lush deciduous and coniferous forests, and the island's amazing makeup of indigenous plant species and geological features.

Tips for a comfortable stay for beginner campers: There are black bears that frequent the island, so make sure all your food and toiletries (anything that smells) is packed separately from your camping gear, so you can easily bring it to and from the food lockers that are provided for campers' convenience. Don't forget to put your garbage in there as well! There are also rattlesnakes and poison ivy is abundant, so watch where you step. Make sure you book a water taxi in advance of your trip (I highly recommend Todd and Rick over at Georgian Coastal Water Taxi). DO ask the staff about the island and which trails they recommend for your comfort level. There is something there for everyone, but the longest route (up to Fairy Lake, Goblin Lake, and Goblin Bay, the vistas of which inspired many of the Group of Seven's paintings) takes around 8 hours. The Heritage trail is a must-see, which takes you to a Métis cemetery. And of course, DO attend as many of the camp's programs as possible. It is really a privilege to learn from someone like Shawn :)
Written July 12, 2021
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VGDutchie
Niagara Falls, Canada67 contributions
Cedar Springs ISLAND camping
Jun. 2021
First off...when you book Cedar Springs Campground and it says walk in....its boat in! You need to take a private charter to Cedar Springs as it's on Beausoleil Island. We used Todd from Georgian Coastal Water taxi. He was such a great Captain! Helped us with our gear, friendly and on time. FYI if you are camping you need to make your own arrangements for transportation, the park does not help you with this. The cost is between $140 - $170.

Hannah from the Park was the most amazing and helpful human!!!! She helped us with arrangements and was wonderful to work with.

FYI, the island is infested with gypsy moth caterpillars that poop all over everything. Apparently this doesn't happen every year. The beach was beautiful our site was great. We made the best out of a 3 day rainy weekend. And...thankfully we didn't see any rattle snakes that are indigenous to the island.
Written June 30, 2021
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Paradise421855
1 contribution
Boating perspective
Jul. 2020
Have gone to Beausoleil Island by my boat for several years. Mostly day trips. Parking slips availability not guaranteed but you can always go to another location close by, There are many to choose from.
Positive: People camping or boating are mostly friendly and helpful. Park staff are great. Facilities are clean. Bears are a common occurrence.
Negative: Lots of cigarette smoking around the dock,
Many dogs running loose. And poo on the beach. Some boaters are noisy in the evening.

I still would go there again though.
Written March 16, 2021
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Jacqui M
3 contributions
Found a water taxi service to get us to and from the island!
Aug. 2020
An incredible day! We've been to Beausoleil Island before so knew what to expect (one of my favourite places in the world). This year, it was particularly difficult to find a way there with the Parks Canada DayTripper and the Honey Harbour Marina taxi services shut down due to Covid-19.

After searching on Google and many calls to local marinas, we were ready to give up when we stumbled across Scott Blake at C-Tow Marine Assistance! (1-705-529-4973)

Scott picked us up promptly -- right from our dock, and shuttled our family (including our dog) to and from the island.

Sharing this info to hopefully help others this year!
Written August 13, 2020
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Coolio P
1 contribution
DO NOT BOOK IF YOU DONT HAVE A BOAT
Jul. 2020
Booked it for 2020 but they didn't tell us the shuttles running to and from the island aren't working. Do not book this place in 2020. BOATS ARE NOT RUNNING IN 2020 DO NOT BOOK IF YOU DONT HAVE YOUR OWN BOAR
Written July 18, 2020
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John N
Owen Sound, Canada7 contributions
Inconsedrate boaters.
Jul. 2020 • Family
Restraint the big boaters to not run generators in the evening. Big 40 feet boats ran generators late into the evening killing the peaceful atmosphere. If you like camping go elsewhere. This park is primarily focused on serving the needs of the boating community.
Written July 9, 2020
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Schmitzkatze
4 contributions
Highly recommended
Jun. 2020
We went on a boat trip to Beausoleil Island with Mike L. & his crew and had a fantastic day on June 23, 2016. I promised that I'd write a review and just found the time to do so. Even after four years I still remember it fondly. The rangers pointed out highlights of flora and fauna which we would have otherwise missed. Thanks to the team!
Written June 1, 2020
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ilir
4 contributions
Good place to spend the weekend
Aug. 2019
Great scenery, the place is clean and well organized, park staff if helpful.
The water taxi service was rude and unhelpful.
Written December 9, 2019
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club29
mumbai44 contributions
A must visit!!
Jun. 2019
We visited the island by boat - the day tripper - it left around midday and returns around 4.30 or 5pm. Seats are limited so book in advance. The ride was excellent and the captain was brilliant. On the island you can hire bikes and it is a really good way to explore this island which is only accessible by boat. You can camp here too. It wasnt too crowded which was nice. Highly recommended hiring the cycle for your entire time there. Love the day tripper ride back too. We carried a sandwich with us as I dont think there is a restaurant there. The Parks Canada staff were so helpful and took us for a short tour to tell us about the foliage etc. A must visit!
Written November 16, 2019
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