Archive of North Channel

Roy Eaton – Little Current Cruisers Network

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

At 9 a.m., most of us hiked up to the Anchor Inn building where Roy Eaton gives his live VHF broadcast of “The Net” on channel 71 for boaters cruising Canada’s beautiful North Channel. Roy Eaton founded the LCCN in 2004. The Cruisers’ Net, in operation during the boating season…

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Day Two – Activities and Good Food

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

Day two started off with a catered breakfast prepared by Kelly, owner of the Anchor Inn. We could have gotten by without eating the rest of the day, the meal was so plentiful and well prepared. Breakfast was followed by a visit to the Cruisers’ Net at the Anchor Inn…

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Rendezvous In Full Swing

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

It is often stated that the North Channel is some of the best inland cruising you’ll find anywhere and we could not agree more – it is, after all, our backyard boating playground. Lisa and I talked about the possibility of having a Ranger Tugs/Cutwater Rendezvous in the North Channel…

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Day One of the Rendezvous Began with Introductions, a Pot Luck, and Lots of Smiling Faces

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

All morning tugs arrived at the town docks in Little Current until all fifteen boats (35 people) were secure at the dock. Introductions continued all day as we met people from all over the United States (8 boats) and Canada (7 boats) – 14 Ranger Tugs and one Cutwater. The boat…

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Rendezvous Early Birds

on August 6th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Little Current one day early for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous, Jim is the organizer of the event, the first ever for Ranger Tugs in the North Channel. First things first. We headed to the town dock for a pump out before going to our…

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On the Rocks – South Benjamin Island

on August 1st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We left Eagle Island early so we would have the best chance to secure a place on the rocks at South Benjamin Island. We anticipated a lot of boating activity in the North Channel this weekend due to the Canadian Civic Holiday falls on Monday. We wanted to get in early in…

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First Anchorage – Eagle Island

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We spent most of the late afternoon and early evening organizing and storing stuff on the boat. Since Jim organized the rendezvous, we have boxes and boxes of ditty bag items, printed agendas and books to stow on board. We finally found a home for everything and were able to relax on…

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Oh Canada!

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Spanish, Ontario this afternoon to launch Kismet and begin our trek to Little Current for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous. After a slow start to our summer cruising activities, due to a family commitment, Jim and I are so excited to finally splash Kismet at Spanish. After…

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Have a Ranger Tug?

on June 18th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel, Ranger Tug, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

Join Us in the North Channel for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous! The More the Merrier!   We’ve been given a one week extension, until June 27th, to guarantee dock space for the rendezvous, so if you’re thinking of attending make sure you get your registration form and payment…

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Heading Home

on July 25th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel, TRAILERING by | Comments

Heading back to Spanish, time to load our boat onto the trailer to drive back to the states. This was the first bad weather day of our trip. No sooner had we got the boat secured onto the trailer and into the parking lot when it started to rain hard….

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Croker Island – A Rocky Paradise

on July 24th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments Off

As cruising trips go this one ranked up towards the top of our list, but like all good things they must come to an end. We left Little Current to make way for one of our favorite anchorages in a popular cove at Croker Island; this will be the last real…

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Back to Marianne Cove

on July 20th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

We returned to Marianne Cove to re-anchor and spend another peaceful night in Canada’s North Channel paradise. The view off the back deck of Kismet (above). Coffee in the morning on the back deck. I think I look relaxed. It’s a guy thing (above). I love trying to capture the…

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Day Trip Up Baie Fine to the Pool

on July 20th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

We liked Marianne Cove so much, we decided to make it base camp for a few days. In the morning of our second day we pulled anchor to take a day trip up the majestic Baie Fine, a fjord which runs east and west. Baie Fine is a total of about 10…

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First Time in Marianne Cove

on July 19th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

On our way up Baie Fine, we saw this marker on shore. It’s a marking for the red buoy – the channel through this area is so narrow they had to mark it on the rock. On this day we chose to try a new anchorage (for us) at Marianne Cove….

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Meeting Captain & Crew of the Thomas James

on July 19th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

While cruising through the Killarney Channel, on our way to Collins Inlet, we received a call on our VHF. After switching to channel 68, Bill, the guy hailing us, told us that, as he was standing on the balcony of his channel-side home, he noticed our red Ranger Tug slowly cruising…

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A Little Peek Into the Northwest Side of Georgian Bay

on July 18th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

Georgian Bay is on our cruising bucket list, a trip like this deserves a dedicated stretch of time to explore properly. With that said, we decided to get our toes just a little wet. After we left Covered Portage Cove, we passed through the channel in Killarney for a short,…

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Dinghy Ride Over to Killarney

on July 17th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

Around lunch time, our second day, we joined Charlie and Linda in a dinghy ride over to Killarney to take advantage of the famous fish and chips at the Red School Bus, located right on the channel in town. The fish and chips are very good, a little pricy but…

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Doubling Our Pleasure

on July 16th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

Doubling our pleasure comes to mind when we think of our visit to Covered Portage Cove in the North Channel. Not only was it our first time anchoring in this cove, we also had the pleasure of  rendezvousing with friends Charlie and Linda on Freedom’s Turn (above). We met them in 2008…

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The Perfect Anchorage

on July 15th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

From South Benjamin Island we made our way past Little Current, Strawberry and Heywood Islands as we skirted south of Frazier Bay to enter Lansdowne Channel on the way to Covered Portage Cove, just west of Killarney, the old provincial outpost that separates Ontario’s North Channel from Georgian Bay. We had…

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View From The Top

on July 15th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

Topping off our great anchorage find is the incredible view from the top of this South Benjamin Island. This is where Jim found all those yummy blueberries and where we went to stretch our legs and enjoy the view when we felt cramped on the boat. Great weather during our…

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Where is the Beauty?

on July 14th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel by | Comments

It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I reference this because we recently spent time at the Benjamins, South Benjamin specifically, and it is our contention that the rocks on this island are gorgeous. We recently cruised Lake Powell, in Utah/Arizona, the landscape there…

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Three Days of Peace and Quiet – South Benjamin Island

on July 13th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

It’s amazing how we can spend a few days on the hook and not get bored. We both had chores to do, organizing our stuff on the boat, we swam in the unseasonably warm water, played games, read books, cooked, ate and just plain relaxed. This is our big trip…

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Tying Up to Boulders on South Benjamin Island

on July 13th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We left Spanish early the next morning and made our way through Little Detroit, a channel so narrow it’s customary to make a, “Securité.` Securité.` Securité.” call to announce your intentions so boaters, on the other side of the channel, can stand clear. You wouldn’t want to be passed by…

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Road Trip… Canada Here We Come

on July 12th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel, TRAILERING by | Comments

In light of some of our road trips recently, the one we took today was relatively short. We started by heading north along the scenic route of northwest Michigan. We drove Kismet across the Mackinaw Bridge, through the Upper Penninsula, across the border into Canada and finally, 260 miles later,…

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North Channel Bound

on July 11th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel, TRAILERING by | Comments

The North Channel is one of our favorite cruising destinations, there I said it! For those that have been, it most likely is one of your favored routes as well. If you haven’t been, the following photos, although very, very nice can never do justice to what Mother Nature provides…

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