The Georgian Bay

The Massasauga, June 2013


     For our first canoe trip of 2013, we booked a last minute, overnight trip to The Massasauga Provincial Park.  Leaving from the Three Legged Lake access, we would simply take the 370 meter portage into Spider Lake, and then paddle the length of Spider Lake to the 100 meter portage into Spider Bay.  Once in the bay we tried paddling on the north of the islands for a more direct route to site #111, but it was not navigable. Instead, we took the easy paddle around Anthony Island.  We spent the afternoon swimming from our campsite to the small islands near by.  The rest of the afternoon’s entertainment came from a family of loons: parents with their two chicks.  The parents spent all afternoon in what must have been an exhausting battle to protect their chicks from a very tenacious lone loon.  One parent would zig-zag across the water trying to prevent the interloper from getting near the chick, and if the lone loon would get through, the other parent was there to back up their mate.  It was quite the spectacle of flapping on the water.  After a leisurely morning at our campsite, we packed up and paddled back out the way we came, ending our trip at the Three Legged Lake access.

     For this trip, our menu consisted of curried chicken salad in pitas for our first lunch, which we ate on the 100 meter portage to Spider Bay, and fire grilled hamburgers with all the fixin’s with zucchini for dinner.  For Sunday, we had oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins for breakfast and bagel sandwiches (again with all the fixin’s) for lunch, which we enjoyed on the portage between Spider Bay and Lake.

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