Monday, July 20, 2009

Georgian Bay - West Fox Island

We headed out to West Fox Island for what turned out to be our last night on this expedition.

From the Hawk Island group, West Fox seemed to be a relatively flat island. As you get closer to it, your realize the top might be flat but the sides are at quite an angle, making it more difficult to unload our kayaks.

Luckily, we found two large pressure ridges in the bay on the east side of the island. The bay offered shelter from the prevailing winds also. Had we not seen these two ridges, I'm not sure if/where there would have been another option for us. If you click on the picture below to enlarge it, you'll see our two kayaks on the far left side.

Once on the island we were pleased to find a very flat camping spot with a great view along with hundreds of pressure ridges that give the island quite a spectacular look. It was a bit of a hike (and a maze along the numerous pressure ridges) to carry our stuff between the campsite and the kayaks but all-in-all it was very much worth the effort.

Towards the eastern point of the island, there are a few other flat camping spots, but with less or no shelter from the prevailing winds. From there the view is outstanding.

We hiked around the southern side of the island as far as we could and got to see the rougher edges along the coastline exposed to the prevailing winds.

This island probably has more pressure ridges than most other islands in the area. Here are a few pictures taken late in the afternoon.

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Anonymous Northwaters (Gord Gates) said...

Really enjoyed reading your Blog Marc. I have actually camped on the same slanted area you located on Hawk Island(though I would not recommend it.) I doubt I will get up to Killarney this year, but we are leaving Thursday for The Galapagos, though, so I excited about that.

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Anonymous Jean-François Lemonde said...

Bravo pour le beau voyage! Ça me rappelle tellement de bons souvenirs, de bons moments, un état d'esprit incroyable!! J'espère que vous avez quand même pu vivre une expérience nouvelle, malgré que vous y soyez allés l'année passée!

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