Subject: Re: seeking advice about Georgian Bay - Canada
Hi Marco; What a delightful plan to spend time in this lovely area of our province but I fear relying on public transportation could bring many frustrations. I'm pretty familiar with the area as we often go up for weekends here and there plus we've spent much time in all seasons with friends at their cottage near Penetang.

Three of the towns you mention: Penetang, Midland, Collingwood are typical small Ontario towns approx. 3 hrs north of the city with Wasaga Beach being a "beach" or summer cottage destination. Of the four, Midland probably provides the best base for side trips and both it and Collingwood have a choice (albeit somewhat limited) of accommodations. Midland has other sightseeing possibilities as well. Definitely take a 30 000 Islands Boat Cruise -- I would recommend The Island Queen out of Parry Sound, but the Miss Midland from the town dock does a similar cruise on a smaller boat. See Sainte Marie among the Hurons, Discovery Harbour, and the Martyr's Shrine for a glimpse into Canadian history. This site provides links to attractions in this area.

Transportation will definitely be a problem unless you can locate a packaged tour out of Toronto. The automobile rules in this part of our province and public transportation is either non-existence or so fractured as to make travel between small towns almost impossible. Greyhound offers daily bus service to Midland and to Collingwood, but getting around once you arrive would be a challenge. There are taxis in all towns ($$$), but local service operates on a call in advance and wait basis. As to hiking, certainly Awenda Provincial Park would be an ideal spot, but I'm not sure how you plan to get there or where you would stay. It's about 11 Km out of Penetang with no services in the area. Again a car would be essential.

This last 3 days of your trip could be anything but relaxing if you plan to rely on public transportation. Would you consider a rental car for 3 days? This would probably be your most economical way to get about and certainly give you enormous freedom to explore this area of Huronia at your leisure.

Hope this doesn't discourage your plans -- maybe others can come up with suggestions too.

Anne Burlington ON