GEORGIAN BAY ONTARIO: Canada’s Best Kept Secret
Why visit Georgian Bay in Ontario?
Georgian Bay in Ontario is often referred to as the sixth Great Lake (on top of the 5 Great Lakes of Canada-USA), and it features more than 30,000 islands!
It offers incredible natural beauty, majestic cliffs, and clear blue waters. All of these and more make Georgian Bay a top destination for relaxing and adventurous holidays.
Why visit Georgian Bay you ask? There are plenty of things to do in Georgian Bay Ontario, from kayaking to swimming or diving there is something for everyone. Simply sit back and enjoy Georgian Bay’s sunset with a glass of wine or a cold beer!
You can rent a secluded cottage or a lake house for a weekend and spend your time exploring under and above the water – keep in mind this might not be a cheap/budget option. Camping in Georgian Bay is also possible, but you need to be prepared as you might encounter black bears or poisonous snakes!
On top of that, it’s a paradise for outdoor and wildlife photography! Whether you are a pro with years of experience or an amateur looking to get the perfect Insta worthy shot, Georgian Bay Ontario is the place!
Essential travel tips
LANGUAGE: English is the main language.
MONEY/ATM: the currency is the Canadian Dollar.
ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES: like the rest of Canada, the plug type is B with a standard voltage of 110-120V and 60Hz frequency.
VISA: most travelers will need a Visa to enter Canada. This will either be a ‘visitor visa’ or ‘temporary resident visa’. more information
Best time to visit Georgian Bay
The high season in Georgina Bay is from June to August. The days are sunny and warm, the water is refreshing and there is plenty of activities to do. Spring (April to May) and Autumn (September-October) are better for budget traveling. Temperatures are lower and the water is cold but you can enjoy beautiful sunsets and incredible autumn colors.
Over winter the lake freezes making traveling from and to the islands difficult if not impossible. Therefore visiting Georgina Bay during winter (November to March) is not recommended.
How much is a trip to Georgian Bay?
Because of how secluded this location is, and the high taxes, Georgian Bay is not a cheap place to visit. These numbers are rough and can change.
This is likely to be your highest expense. Rent a secluded cottage can be an incredible experience, but it doesn’t come cheap. This can go from just over a 100$ to a few hundred per night. Airbnb remains the best option to find your perfect holiday rental. Camping is also available and definitely a cheaper option for budget travelers. You can find a list of available locations here
Most accommodation will offer self-catering options. Remember, depending on where you are staying there might not be any restaurant or shop available nearby. This means you can save a lot of money by bringing the essential food and water with you.
Luckily most activities in Georgian Bay are free or included in your cottage rental. Visiting Georgian bay is an opportunity to disconnect from the modern world and enjoy some time outdoors, relaxing and exploring. Kayaks or traditional canoes are often available at the cottages.
On top of that, you can book organized activities such as kiteboarding, sailing, and mountain biking. Of course, these are not free of charge, but they can vary from 50$ to 100$ or more depending on the skill level and availability. Booking all of these activities in advance is highly recommended.
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