Shanly Island, North Channel, Canada
Nicholas & Deidre Mace
Wed 1 Aug 2018 11:55
Leaving Nobles Island we quickly found that the cruising guides we had aboard were insufficient for the North Channel area, and we had not been able to find the recommended guides at Charlevoix, Beaver Island, Mackinac Island or Blind River.
FOMO (for Genevieve that’s an abbreviation for Fear Of Missing Out), I insisted that at our first opportunity in seeing some cruising boats that we should stop and ask for help.
What luck. We anchored outside the north bay on Dewdney Island and I dingyied in and found Tom and Nancy aboard SV Mistress who were so welcoming and amazingly gave me their cruising guides and huge lever arch file to take back to Meshugga to copy whatever we wanted. A couple of hours later Nicholas and I returned their documents and were invited aboard for drinks and Tom generously shared his knowledge and pointed out various ‘must see’ spots, that I made notes of.
Armed with knowledge we motored a few more miles through the Whalesback Channel and anchored off Shanly Island in the small cove. Ashore we found a table and chairs, fireplace pit, a loo with a view, and a few walking trails which took me up the surrounding hills, albeit with lots of mossies and bugs. The water was calm enough for me to try master Stand Up on the the SUP and Nicholas was able to service and fix the Trim and Tilt on our Dingy Outboard Motor.
We spent a few days in this lovely paradise, and spent many hours chilling, paddling and motoring around Shanly, Wilfrid, Lauier and Green Island