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Old 09-05-2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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mackinac to south baymouth ferry

Planning a trip from southern Missouri to Mackinac Island, across to Ontario to south Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. We get on the ferry to Tobermory and eventually Buffalo/Niagara Falls.

My question is has anyone been to or used the ferry from Manitoulin Island?

Any suggestions about campgrounds close?

We took this trip several years ago but went out of Sudbury to Buffalo. Nice trip but the traffic at Toronto/Buffalo was terrible! Hope to go in the back way - so to speak - and miss some of it.

Thanks in advance

See you on the road in mid Sept.

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Old 09-05-2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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Yes, we spent 3 days camped on Manitoulin Island this summer. We crossed on the bridge on the north end and then left by the ferry at South Baymouth. It was pretty cool. You drive onto the ferry with your trailer, leave it, and ride on top. We stayed at a campground just outside South Baymouth where we had a spot with water and electricity on the beach. Beautiful sunrise over Lake Huron. The showers were pretty clean but kind of run down. I have to check the name though. I think it was South Baymouth Resort. Kevin went to bed; I will ask him tomorrow. Watch the no-seeums in the grass. They were hungry when we were there.
Be aware that Canada does not take certain kinds of credit cards. We have Chase bank; the only ATM that works with Chase on the Island is the Bank of Montreal. I guess it is the Plus system that they do not work with. That bank was on Highway 6 north of South Bay on one of the First Nations. The guy in the gas station across from the campground in South Baymouth told us where we could get cash.
The Objibway Cultural Center was interesting. We went to a large powwow while we were there. The Bridal Falls were beautiful. Look for the Inukshuk along highway 6. We had fun at the campground trying to build our own.

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Old 09-05-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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Be sure you get in line for the ferry in plenty of time. They say an hour, but earlier is better. You can shop while you wait, eat, or visit a cute museum near the ferry launch spot. You can see the cars in line. We watched a group who did not make it onboard while their friends did.
The picture is a lighthouse you can see from the ferry just before you land on the other side.

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The campground was called South Bay Resort.

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Can you get the FerryCam like they have in the San Juan Islands. You can watch the cars line up and load from home.
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Double check for acomodations, a lot of our parks close up after the labour day long weekend. also check the ferry schedule for run times, I'm not sure when they move their fall schedule in. Another reasonably nice park on the Island is Batmans Cottages and Campground | Experience Manitoulin Islands Family Campground located in Sheguiandah Bay on Lake Huron. Cottages, Trailer and Tenting sites offered. Escape and Discover an area perfect for an enriching camping experience. Safe, cl, about an hour from the ferry.

I live about 1-1/2 hours from the island
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Any suggestions about campgrounds close?
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Nice trip but the traffic at Toronto/Buffalo was terrible! Hope to go in the back way - so to speak - and miss some of it.
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See you on the road in mid Sept.

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Here is a link to the Ontario Provincial Park locator:
Park Locator

Here is a listing of provincial park operating dates:
Ontario Parks - Opening and Closing Dates

Many people like the "Pinery" which is open year round.
http://www.pinerypark.on.ca/camping.html

The Elora Gorge is nice and open till mid October:
GRCA - GRCA Conservation Areas - Elora Gorge -

You can miss the Toronto-Buffalo traffic if you time it right or pick the right routes. The Niagara meet is Sept 17-20, and as far as I know there are no Scamps booked yet. Just about everything else though.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...0th-42225.html

Have a great trip!
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Sorry to miss the meet - we are not leaving here till the 19th!

A question: When I get off the ferry headed south toward Buffalo/Niagara what would be the best route to take to avoid some of the traffic and end up at the falls (Canadian side?) I don't mind and rather look foward to side roads and the back routes. Meet some interesting people and some out standing places to eat.

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Here is a link to the Ontario Provincial Park locator:
Park Locator

Here is a listing of provincial park operating dates:
Ontario Parks - Opening and Closing Dates

Many people like the "Pinery" which is open year round.
Camping

The Elora Gorge is nice and open till mid October:
GRCA - GRCA Conservation Areas - Elora Gorge -

You can miss the Toronto-Buffalo traffic if you time it right or pick the right routes. The Niagara meet is Sept 17-20, and as far as I know there are no Scamps booked yet. Just about everything else though.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...0th-42225.html

Have a great trip!
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It kind of looked to me like there was only one road when we were on it, Highway 6. It is so narrow there on the peninsula, that you have no choice. It was busy, but the biggest issue was that it was under construction. That might be done by now though.
After the peninsula, you will have to wait until Kevin can pipe up. I don't know what route we took. It seems like we were on Highway 10 for a ways. Whatever it was, it did not seem terribly busy.

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