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!
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.
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.
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.
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.