Rise and Shine; on Day 2, we were ready to begin our adventure on Manitoulin West. Heading out alone without our Manitoulin Snowdusters guides, and with just the ITG and the OFSC TrackMaps for our GPS, it wasn’t really a worry at all. The directional signage we saw on Day 1 made it easy for us to feel confident in our next forage to what seemed to be the end of the earth… Meldrum Bay.
Staging from Kagawong
That morning, we opted to trailer to the west so we could cover more ground and not duplicate the route we had already done on Day 1 to M'Chigeeng. Due to a trail closure east of the town of Kagawong, on the C107D, we staged on the west side of town.
If you get a chance to stop in Kagawong and that trail is open when you’re there, don’t miss the Manitoulin Chocolate Works or Bridal Veil Falls, a spectacular point of interest in winter or any other season. Also this year, The Big Deal Poker Run is being held on the Island Sat/Sun March 4/5 2017.
Gore Bay and the Lowlands
As we entered the Gore Bay area, we were treated to one of the most spectacular lookouts we’ve yet to see on the island. The vantage point from atop the Gore Bay bluffs did not disappoint us. It put us in a nautical frame of mind as we remembered that most of the industry and the livelihood of that whole area had some connection to these vast waterways.
INSIDER'S TIP: Always talk to locals when you plan a trip like this—Make Smart Choices.
We travelled the freshly groomed C107D west, through lowlands of dense cedar groves to higher altitudes with rolling meadows and stands of silver and white birch.
The foliage was always changing with the diversity of elevations. In the very low areas, beaver swamps of dead standing timber were lined with ghostly golden tamarack. The inland lakes were dotted with ice huts and eager fisherman.