For boaters wanting to experience the wilder side of Georgian Bay without straying too far from amenities, look no further than Franklin Island! Located at the mid point of the 30,000 Islands on the east coast of Georgian Bay this beautiful and rugged Crown island is perfect for exploring and also offers a few “guilty pleasures” to entice boaters!
Situated approximately 14 NM’s northwest of Parry Sound, or about 45 NM’s north of Midland, this island was named after Arctic explorer Rear Admiral Sir John A Franklin.
Parry Sound is a vibrant eclectic harbour town that sees a big population boost during the summer months when avid tourists, boaters, cottagers, and day trippers descend on the town, all anxious to explore Georgian Bay’s beautiful 30,000 Islands. It is a fun town to visit during the height of boating season and also in the early fall when the leaves begin to change and days become cooler.
Located at the base of the Seguin River the town was incorporated in 1887 and holds the world record for deepest natural commercial fresh water harbour.
We Canadians sure won’t let a little cold weather stop us from enjoying our patio brews and views! With our boats stored away, weekends can be a bit dull so if you are looking for a day trip, check out my visit to the Trestle Brewery in Parry Sound. But really all you gotta know is the patio bubbles are warm, the brews are cold, and you can’t beat the Dirty Bird as far as food choices!
Aptly named for the iconic CPR trestle bridge it sits next to, the Trestle Brewery opened it’s doors in 2018 and has become a favorite for boaters and tourists visiting the town in the summer months. My visit this month will be my 5th since they opened and every time has been a great experience.