Glamping at Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Sitting on the stone chair, and yes my pants are tucked into my pants. Tyler made fun of me for it.

Sitting on the stone chair, and yes my pants are tucked into my socks. Tyler made fun of me for it. 

This post is a bit late, as we went to Beausoleil Island back on Sept 16th to 18th for our one year anniversary. Now you may ask yourself why on earth would someone go to a park for their one year anniversary? Well since we went to the Algonquin for our 6 month anniversary and stayed in a cabin; this time around we figured why not do it again, but now on a island! And since Georgina Bay Islands National Park offers some fantastic couples cabins on Christian Beach, we were left with no other choice but to go there!

Our cabin on Christian beach.

Our cabin on Christian beach.

The Christian beach cabins (which are solar powered) are quite secluded, with only the four cabins on the western side of the island located conveniently along the Georgian trail. As there are no campsites on the west side of the island and during our three day stay we only saw two people walking on the trail, it was fantastic for privacy. To add for most of the weekend it was only us and another couple two cabins over from our that occupied the entire west side of the park. What tranquility! I’m not trying to sound like a sales person for the National Parks of Canada, but the cabins were fantastic! They had a fire pit, drinking water, free firewood, free parking on mainland and a complimentary boat ride over (for those renting cabins) with the park staff carry your belongings to the cabin for you on ATV’s. Now that I’ve mentioned all the great stuff the park has to offer to a discerning glamper; let me literally rain all over this magic weekend.

The rain started on our boat ride over.

The rain started on our boat ride over.

As we approached the docking area in Honey Habour to board the Daytripper; the skies were getting dark and cloudy, and if not on some sort of cue they opened up in a torrential rain as we landed on the island. The park staff were very helpful in trying to cover all of our belongings with traps as they transported them in the gator ATV’s. Sadly it rained so much that the ATV mini-truck beds filling up with water like little waiting pools and all of our belongings got soaked! And I mean soaked! We had pillows we brought for comfort that we just had to throw away as they became water logged. To boot we had a 1.5km hike to the cabin which was no fun in the rain. But regardless we managed to trek through the woods and make our way to the cabin to dry off and get settled for the evening.

The skies cleared our first evening just enough to see the sunset.

The skies cleared on our first evening just enough for us to see the sunset.

Gazing off into the sunset.

Gazing off into the sunset.

We struck some luck on our first night. The rain finally stopped and the clouds cleared just enough for us to enjoy the sunset over the Giants Tomb Island. The first night we lit a fire sat down to enjoy some Champlain in a toast to our first anniversary. The second day was not much better weather wise, it was on and off rain with strong winds. Regardless we enjoyed our time on the island in the comfortable confines of the cabin; reading, sharing memories, taking short hikes around the cabin and watching the stormy Georgina Bay in all its magnificent power.

Power of a fall storm on the Georgian Bay.

Power of a fall storm on the Georgian Bay.

The rain brought out countless frogs and toads out.

The rain brought out countless frogs and toads out.

The winds were quite powerful.

The winds were quite powerful.

Our last day however was perfect. Despite the fact that we had a 11am boat to catch, we woke up early and got out for a couple of hours of hiking and exploring. I do have to thank the park staff as the only way we were able to get out early was with their help, as they took care of hauling all of our gear to the boat docks for us. The morning was just perfect, clear skies and comfortable temperatures. We took our time exploring the Georgian Trail and the Lookout trail (funny every park I got to has one of these) specifically. We got lost in the woods for a while and watched the chipmunks fight each other for dominance. Finally we made our way to the docking area and checked out the main campsite with the new oTENTiks on display for the world to see. They looked like interesting accommodations that I would love to try out next year. In the end both Tyler and I decided that we needed to come back to GBI National Park next year for a longer duration and truly explore this fantastic park in the middle of the Georgian Bay. The only real disappointment for me from the entire weekend was that I didn’t have my DSLR with me and had to rely on an old Nikon Coolpix camera to take all of my pictures.

Our last day, our view first thing after waking up.

Our last day, our view first thing after waking up.

Georgian Bay Islands overlooking the water.

Georgian Bay Islands overlooking the water.

Advertisements

One thought on “Glamping at Georgian Bay Islands National Park

  1. Pingback: Pukaskwa National Park | Ontario Camper

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s