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“A Very Special Place!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada
901 Wye Valley Road, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K6, Canada
705 527-7200
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Ranked #7 of 18 Attractions in Midland
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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Midland, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A Very Special Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada is stunningly beautiful and has rugged outdoor fun that's easy for everyone. Have been going here as a boating family forever. It's great for kids who love outdoor fun and it's accessible too with the daytripper, board walks and modern Visitor's Centre. The interpretive staff are friendly, knowledgeable and are proud ambassadors and care-takers of this naturally beautiful, unique and culturally rich island in Georgian Bay. Camping here should be on everyone's must-do list. The white sandy beaches and clear shallow swimming waters are paradise right here in Ontario. Make sure you read up on the Legend of Kitchikewanna first!

Visited August 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Not great for hiking”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Went there in August and took the "Daytripper" to the north end of Beausoleil island.
We were expecting very nice views over the bay, but there are very few panoramic spots. So visiting the island looses most of its attraction, and I think you can easily find better hiking trails in other parks.
Also the island was full of mosquitos, the most aggressive we've encountered in Ontario. The repellent lotion seemed to have almost no effect on them. And we saw two Massassauga snakes...

Visited August 2014
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Fremont, California
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“Beautiful Georgian Bay Island National Park - if you do it by boat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The best and in practical purposes only way to see Georgian Bay Islands National Park is to see it by boat. So, by boat we did. We went out and explored the area. The water areas are beautiful, the homes and cottages here and there are fantastic. It was nice to see views of the resort. The rocks/island features are intriguing and so far I have not seen an area like it in my life. We enjoyed our time in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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“Beausoleil Island - Pleasant Excurions”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you don’t have a boat the only access to the Georgian Islands is the Daytripper boat to Beausoleil Island. It is about a 15 minute ride and you can choose to go to either the north or south end. If you take (or rent) bikes you can be dropped at the south end (Cedar Spring), bike most of the way north on the Huron Trail, and then hike around the north end, bike back, and still have time to explore other parts of the island or just relax on the shoreline. Avoid biking the Treasure or Georgian Trails unless you are a hardy mountain biker. Having a bike allows you to see a whole lot more of the park. When you call the Daytripper office to reserve your transport ask if you may bring your bike; sometimes there is space, sometimes not. The park itself is pretty typical Ontario – rocks and trees and water. Nothing breathtaking or awesome here, but a pleasant day or half-day. We saw three “endangered, protected, and rarely seen” Massassauga rattle snakes on our rambles and just missed seeing a bear. A moose had been seen the previous day.

Visited July 2014
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“Federal park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The park has been gearing for the past several years for persons who do not have a boat to gain access. They now provide the camping experience to everyone. No need for you to bring equipment, they provide everything.njust bring your food. They even provide transportation by water to the park.

Visited July 2014
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