Friday, September 19, 2014

Georgian Bay Getaway Part Two

After finding a campsite in Killarney Park, it was time for another walk.  The only trail accessible from the campground is Cranberry Bog trail, unless you want to do the backpacking trail!  The La Cloche trail is a famous trail into the back country where you can spend 7-10 days.  Not for me!
The Cranberry bog trail is about 4 km long and goes to a scenic spot on A. Y. Jackson Lake.

You cross a beaver dam here!

Here the artist Jackson spent much time.

The trail ends at the north end of the campground on George Lake.

I spent the rest of the day relaxing and just before sunset, along George Lake.

Once again, I heard Barred Owls during the night!  "Who cooks for you?"

Early to rise the next morning, I checked out Chikanishing Trail which you access at the end of Chikanishing Road about 2 km west of the park.  It is here many launch their canoes.  I think this trail was the nicest, once you get up on the ridges.

Outlet of the river

You have a panoramic view of Georgian Bay from the ridges.

While on this trail, a couple of Pine Siskins flew over--the first I had this year!  Also I heard American Pipits.
I encountered some nice groups of warblers, mostly Yellow-rumped and Palm.

A couple of Porcupines were noted along the trail.

Not yet awake!

One unique scene was a vein of quartz within the red granite.  This is also depicted in a book I purchased.

After walking this trail, I headed west to the quaint village of Killarney.  Everything was closed up though and I could not sample the famous Herbert's Fish and Chips!  (Only open on weekends this time of year).

that yacht looks interesting!

By mid-day, I had a change of plans and decided to travel to Grundy Lake Provincial Park.  (I like to keep moving around!).  I briefly visited Grundy back in 1997 as well.  There are three nice trails within that park.  I walked Swan Lake and Gut Lake Trails.  The longer Beaver Dams trail did not interest me...perhaps if I took more time!

Scene on Swan Lake Trail

In Grundy Lake park, I encountered quite a few dragonflies, most being darners.  I know I had Shadow Darners, and perhaps a couple other species.  There were also meadowhawks, including White-faced.  I will show these in a later post.

These two must be lichen it!

Gut Lake trail was a nice walk and I found lots of birds. One large pocket of birds contained several Pine Warblers, Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped and a few other types.  They were quite curious of my presence (after pishing of course!).

Pine in a Pine

At the end of Gut Lake, I saw this interesting rock formation.

One part of the trail goes along a rock face where you can see lichens and ferns.  Uncommon to rare ferns can be found in places like this.  The Bruce Peninsula is famous for rare ferns, for example.

As I was drifting off to sleep that evening, a Barred Owl came close and started calling.  Third park, and third time I got Barred Owls!  I think the Barred has the most fascinating call and is a thrill to hear each time.

More later...

George Lake at sunrise


  1. Blake, I'm lichen this series of postings!

  2. A very enjoyable summary of your Georgian Bay area travels, Blake. I really liked the Barred Owl pics.

    It is a nice change to see a landscape of rocks, hills, lakes and trees from time to time instead of the flatlands and cornfields of southwestern Ontario, isn't it!