About Me

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” – Rachel Carson, Marine Biologist and Conservationist

Recently I was handed down some of my family’s Georgian Bay boating history – two generations of ship’s log books to be exact. And I carried them with me onboard last summer, enjoying a story or two every weekend while sitting on my own boat on the Bay. And I noticed that both my grandparents and parents were more about stories than stats, and thank goodness for that!

Along with recording forecasts and conditions, my family wrote long detailed stories in the ship’s logs about their explorations of the Bay by boat and the many friends they made along the way. Some of the entries were even written by a very young me.

And for whatever reason, we would often use the term “beauty” to refer to the best times – be it a stunning sunset, a fish caught for dinner, or even a hangover! And that’s not to say there weren’t issues! Mechanical, navigational, electrical, rough seas, fog, storms, running out of ice…LOL…always lots of misadventures to manage!

The knowledge these experiences left with me formed a great foundation for my own boating life. At a very young age I learned to navigate using paper charts and a compass, record and interpret the MAFOR, how important the log book is, plus nothing beats an outdoor education like exploring Georgian Bay as a kid!

I now travel the Bay on my boat Georgian Pearl based out of Midland Ontario. From May until October, this 20 year old beauty is pretty much my home and every day is an adventure! Together we have traveled the St Clair River, Lake Huron, the North Channel and Georgian Bay.

My parents have since retired from recreational boating in favour of cottaging so I now find myself the last family member to continue the “ship’s log.” By using a website as my “log book”, my family is able to follow my journeys along with anyone else who loves the Bay or wishes to learn more.

Through “Georgian Bay Beauties”, I highlight the natural beauty of Georgian Bay and all she offers boaters, cottagers, visitors, and those of us lucky enough to live year round on her shores.

Elizabeth Wilson

P.S.: And occasionally I will include Turks and Caicos stories on my website – my family has resided there part time since the 90’s and I try to visit as often as possible. I enjoy writing about Providenciales as it is so similar in ways to Georgian Bay – beautiful water and islands – but without the cold icy winters!

Penetanguishene Harbour, January 2022
Scoot trip from King Bay to Galbraith Island with Leonard Roi and my Father, March 2003