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Roadtrip Through the Heart of GBay - Part 2

Posted by Brianne Dubeau | May 30, 2018 | georgian bay, keewatin, midland, murals, north simcoe blog, port mcnicoll, ss keewatin, steamship
With Penetanguishene and Tiny Township behind us, we embarked on the second half of our road trip over! (See part 1 of my Roadtrip Blog here) This means it was time to head out to Tay Township. Unfortunately, we did not make it as far as Waubaushene due to our limited time, but we did swing through Victoria Harbour!

"Hmm the little town that is Victoria Harbour" I thought to myself. Since I grew up in Tay Township, when I think of this place, a couple things come to mind automatically: my elementary school, the baseball diamonds and the Queen’s Quay Pub, all places I spent ample time at as a kid. Back then The Queen’s Quay was known as the Quarterdeck, but now under a new name and new management, the restaurant still offers great food with an amazing view of Georgian Bay and I enjoy spending my time there even more now!

Port McNicoll was next up on our tour, and of course this spot could not be missed. Containing one of the region’s largest attractions the, SS Keewatin, we had to swing by.

It still shocks me how much I don’t know about this area even though I have spent most of my life here! While driving, Brianne was telling us that she was here when the ship came back to Port McNicoll and even helped move her last summer, which doesn’t seem too weird until she informed us that they pulled the boat by hand using ropes! This boat weighs about 8 million pounds!! That just goes to show you how strong this small community can be when it comes together!  

Stay tuned for the post about our Keewatin Tour coming soon!!
After our adventures in Tay Township we travelled on to Midland, the final spot on our road trip! We decided to get out of the car and walk the downtown area to stretch our legs and show Julia all the neat little shops and of course, the murals.

We walked all the way to the town docks to show Julia the beautiful view, the famous 250x80ft mural of Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and our breathtaking Georgian Bay! (for more on the downtown murals, click here or click here for a video tour) Due to this being a business trip we didn't stop at the new Dockside Sweets n' Treats but there was a line up of people waiting to get some delicious ice cream! And don't worry, we've stopped in since for a scoop or two of delicious Kawartha Dairies ice cream.

Since North Simcoe is such a diverse and large area we were not able to visit every amazing spot, attraction or restaurant unfortunately on this brief tour! But we plan to visit as many places as possible throughout the summer to keep you all informed! I need to show Julia all of the hidden gems in the Heart of Georgian Bay! 

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