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Mooring Balls in Georgian Bay’s Massasauga Provincial Park

I was recently asked by a viewer of my YouTube videos as to how one pays for the use of a mooring ball in the Massasauga Provincial Park. Located along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay’s Thirty Thousand Islands, this provincial parks has many coveted ‘Designated Anchoring Bays’, as well as 135 camp sites.

Designated Anchoring Bay on Georgian Bay

Designated Anchoring Bay on Georgian Bay

Mooring Balls

The following video shows our run into the Park and our mooring ball location for the night. Unfortunately, this spot in Port Rawson Bay is the only area of the park that offers mooring balls. There are only four located there. Port Rawson Bay is at the easternmost part of the park.

When tied up to a mooring ball in this area (the Massasauga Provincial Park), payment is made to the Ontario Provincial Park’s guys who come by in a small boat to collect the fees, as well as take away your garbage for you.

Overnight Fee

Sometimes, such as in this instance, nobody showed up when we were there, so we didn’t have to pay. Not that that’s an issue, because it’s very reasonable, but sometimes they don’t have enough time in the day to drop by every boat at every location. They will also collect a $10/night fee if your boat is tied to shore anywhere in the park. And that goes for all the boats who may be tied to shore together.

Ontario Parks Rangers

Ontario Parks Rangers collect mooring fees

What that means is that we have been there with four boats tied together (us and three friends) with a line running back to shore for stability. When the Park’s guys came by, we all had to pay the $10/night (4 boats x $10 = $40 in total). Again, we are good with that, because they will take the garbage away and best of all, tell you where the nicest anchorages are :-)

Have a look at this video I did from a trip there back in 2009. This was in one of the anchoring bays, called ‘Gilman Bay’. You can see what I mean about the boats all tied together and then tied to shore;

Boating to Florida From Canada?

A question came to me the other day about whether we have ever considered taking our current boat – or any boat for that matter – south to Florida for the winters. Given the fact that live aboard our boat for the summer months, it seemed logical to this person that we just fired up the engines when it got cold and pointed it south towards the palm trees and sandy beaches. . . Here is my reply.

Summertime Boating

Yes, we currently call ‘Boogaboo IV’ home from May to October and love the lifestyle. It’s a bit of effort to make happen, as I still work full time in my own business and have to commute daily to and from the boat. The good part of that is I get to travel mostly through country roads, so it’s quite scenic. As for taking her to Florida, we have discussed that possibility, but not any time soon. Again, I have a business to run for now and being away toooooooo long, or having to commute back and forth to Ontario throughout the process is not something I would entertain at this point.

That said, we are unsure as to which way the fickle winds of fate may send us as we travel through this plane of existence. Ultimately, we would love to be able to step off the boat at the end of the season and head south for the ensuing six months until the boating season resumes the following spring and that is something I am working towards. To that end, I have just released my first, feature length travel video ‘Cruising The Trent Severn Waterway’. If you visit my web site at BoatsBeachesAndBars.com you can see the two minute long intro/teaser clip to get an idea of what it is all about. One can purchase the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack or even a digital download version right from my site.

A Second Boat?

One other option we toyed with was to buy a second boat to keep in Florida, but the overall costs currently make that prohibitive, but something we may revisit down the road. Despite the life of Riley that many folks may perceive from my endless postings, we are like most of the rest of the working world; car and credit card payments, a mortgage and all the rest that comes with every day living. The one major difference is that we have made a solid decision to live more on our own terms and take advantage of the good days as much as we can. With my MS diagnosis a few years ago, we learned quickly that good health is precious and not to be taken for granted. We have worked contentiously to reverse my condition and a huge part of that has been stress reduction and, like I said, living life on our terms – even if it does mean maxing out the old credit card once in awhile ;-)

Lighten Up
Laughing at ones’ self is also paramount to a healthy life, so thanks you for recognizing that. I stopped taking myself too seriously awhile back and that helps to lighten the load, so to speak. As for the lovely deck hands you may have spotted some of in my videos, I’m not sure on their availability, apart from my own Anchor Girl. She’s got her hands full with taking care of me and the MAJOR reason I am working at making our lives more fun. And that, is the funnest part for me . . .