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Multitude of water sports, easily visited, good for photography
long drive to get there, expensive accoms
In a nutshell
Tobermory, an escape from it all
Well this turned out to be a surprise but in Wiarton they celebrate Groundhog day in a big way and the community is home to Wiarton Willie the Groundhog!
I'll tell you more but there is a web site.
I was trying to get a peak at the little guy on my trip but he didn't come out. I only found his large statue down at the waterfront!
Updated May 4, 2006
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The dinner cruise offered by the Chi-Cheemaun is a bit of a misnomer. It's not really a cruise, it's simply the ferry's usual run to Manitoulin and back, except you sit in a nice eating area and enjoy a fancy meal.
By the time you finish eating, the sun has set! Being on deck is a wind-tunnel experience, and unless you're docking at either end of the run, there's nothing to see but water, water, and more water. You really don't get a good glimpse of the flowerpot islands either. We also had the unfortunate luck of having a wonderful table-side view of some of the boats mechanical parts, which obscured our view of water, water, and more water. Additionally, be warned that most guests are 40 +, if not older.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the sunset, let your food get cold instead. The food is good too. We had a decent time and the other guests were interesting. But if wasn't a cruise, wasn't what we expected, and for the money...well...we would have spent it elsewhere to be honest.
But if you're going to Manitoulin anyway, you might as well have a good meal while doing it!
Fun Alternatives: There are private operators that offer tours of the islands and the peninsula.
Updated Jul 5, 2006