Matheson Island to Kagawong
July 5, 2010
After several nights out at anchor on small islands it was time to go re-provision and explore another of the North Channel’s small villages. This time we were on our way to the southern end of Mudge Bay and tiny Kagawong, self-proclaimed as the prettiest little town on Manitoulin Island. Kagawong means “place where the mist rises from the falls” in Ojibwe. So if the mist rises from falls, there must be a waterfall somewhere in Kagawong, right? It didn’t take long after we were docked before we were hiking the well groomed one mile trail out to Bridal Veil Falls. The falls drop about 100 feet off a shear rock cliff into a pool below. We waded in the pool and also carefully walked behind the falls on the slippery clay for a unique look out at the world.
We had lunch at an Irish tea shop called Tweebles up a steep hill on Main street. We also checked out a cool stone maze and tree maze where the girls played hide-and-seek in the humid air. There’s a very interesting little church next to the marina called the St. John Anglican Church or “The Sailor’s Church”. The church is decorated with a nautical theme. The pulpit is made of the bow section of a boat that tragically sank with all hands on board in the 1960’s. There are also lots of other pieces from boats and wrecks adorning the church. Back at the boat we watched the local kids jumping off the pier while Hannah and Isabel played on the twisting slide that ends with a splash into Lake Huron’s waters in Mudge Bay. Then it was time for another Farquhar’s ice cream cone, a real creamy treat here in the North Channel.
This morning we woke up rested and headed to the showers to clean up. Then it was off to the Kagawong Public Library to catch up on blog posts! Kagawong (Izzy calls it “Tag-a-long”) was a nice little retreat before we head back out to the islands.