We took a family day trip to Christian Island to visit a friend working on the island and to visit the local beaches. We got the 11:30 a.m. Christian Island ferry over to the island, which was fun for the kids and located at Cedar Point. We were there just before 11 a.m. which was lots of time, we were second in line but the ferry ended up being full. Cost to transport a vehicle and the driver is $40.00 and $10.00 for each additional adult. Payment for ferry is cash only! I believe children are a lower cost. Ferry runs hourly and it is less than a 1/2 hour ride to the island. One can find ferry schedule and info. on the island by a fast search of Christian Island on the internet.
Once you drive on the island, you are in the hub of the Beausoleil First Nation community. We stopped at a covered picnic area near the administration building and a general store/restaurant right at the water and had a nice picnic lunch.
We drove to the north side of the island first to the end of the road and had a nice walk on Big Sandy Bay beach. The beach is long and the water clear but it does have a bit of an incline towards the water. There are lots of cottages at Big Sandy Bay, but no washroom facilities, just the bush.
We then drove to West Beach. West Beach has a camping area and a few people were camping in tents. There were also two portable outhouses. Past the camping spots was a long flat beach with a gradual slope into the clear waters of Georgian Bay. On the other side of the beach were lots of sand dunes. Again we had a beautiful relaxing walk on the beach. While walking, we saw a guy having a great time driving his ATV up and down the beach and in the sand dunes. ATV's are allowed on the beach and dunes.
We then met up with my friend who took us on an amazing boat ride around Christian Island, Hope Island and Beckwith Island. Our friend has a good knowledge of the island and we saw lots of landmarks from the boat. It is incredible how many boats are cruising around the islands in Georgian Bay.
We caught the 5:30 p.m. ferry off the island. Overall, we all had a great day at Christian Island and would recommend it to others. The island and beaches are beautiful, natural and mainly untouched, a real diamond in the rough.