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Yes it is safe in a 28' Just watch weather Like any great lake travel early in the monring or with low wind. Great town. Some refer to it as the Put in bay of the North, not as crazy though. Beutiful sunsets, Tourist town, Several drinking establishments. As for the trip , just watch out for fishing nets. Deep water all the way thru. Only rough spot may be under the Blue water bridge (with lots of traffic and very fast current) Have a good trip and drink a few 'Molsons' for me
 

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QUOTE(JEFF YACHT CLUB @ Jul 16 2009, 03:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yes it is safe in a 28' Just watch weather Like any great lake travel early in the monring or with low wind. Great town. Some refer to it as the Put in bay of the North, not as crazy though. Beutiful sunsets, Tourist town, Several drinking establishments. As for the trip , just watch out for fishing nets. Deep water all the way thru. Only rough spot may be under the Blue water bridge (with lots of traffic and very fast current) Have a good trip and drink a few 'Molsons' for me

Awesome thanks for the info!! i think we are gonna try it this year
 

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Great little town. Not alot to do as far as sightseeing, the main drag is only about a 1/3 of a mile long. Enough different bars for choice of atmosphere. Make sure you call a couple weeks ahead for a well. 28 ft should be no problem, but like everyone said, watch the weather.
 

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Bring lots of money!
 

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QUOTE(Sea Bag @ Jul 16 2009, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(afiremen @ Jul 16 2009, 04:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Bring lots of money!

Its Expensive?


Not at all ... it's a beach town. It attracts a lot of high school / college kids (on a HS / college budgets) all summer long, but particularly on long weekends (don't forget that the weekend of 31st July - 3rd August is a long weekend in Ontario). Oakwood Inn has a decent golf course, clubhouse there is nice on a Friday or Saturday night, and the Oak Dining Room has a great brunch on Sunday.

One USD is currently trading at 1,11$ CAD - and best place to change money is to pull it from a bank ATM (versus white label). Most business will only give you par for US cash.

Marina information here: http://www.grandbend.com/gbmarine.htm

Bayfield is a little further north, a lot more refined. http://www.harbourlightsmarina.on.ca/ Think of a smaller Saugatuck, where people have funny accents: no doot aboot it. :)

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I've been going back and forth on Grand Bend or Bayfield for an overnight stop on our way to the Bruce.
 

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QUOTE(Buoys will be Buoys @ Jul 16 2009, 05:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Sea Bag @ Jul 16 2009, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(afiremen @ Jul 16 2009, 04:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Bring lots of money!

Its Expensive?


Not at all ... it's a beach town. It attracts a lot of high school / college kids (on a HS / college budgets) all summer long, but particularly on long weekends (don't forget that the weekend of 31st July - 3rd August is a long weekend in Ontario). Oakwood Inn has a decent golf course, clubhouse there is nice on a Friday or Saturday night, and the Oak Dining Room has a great brunch on Sunday.

One USD is currently trading at 1,11$ CAD - and best place to change money is to pull it from a bank ATM (versus white label). Most business will only give you par for US cash.

Marina information here: http://www.grandbend.com/gbmarine.htm

Bayfield is a little further north, a lot more refined. http://www.harbourlightsmarina.on.ca/ Think of a smaller Saugatuck, where people have funny accents: no doot aboot it. :)

Scott.



I actually just booked that weekend. should be a blast!!! super excited
 

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QUOTE(Away Point @ Jul 16 2009, 06:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've been going back and forth on Grand Bend or Bayfield for an overnight stop on our way to the Bruce.

I've done both, our group had a better time in Bayfield. The beach is nicer in Grand Bend, though. And, it's a younger party crowd there. The marina in Bayfield has a pool. We hung out with some of the seasonal boaters and had a great time. Stop at one town on the way north, and the other on the way home and decide for yourself.
 

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QUOTE(270 Crown @ Jul 17 2009, 07:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Away Point @ Jul 16 2009, 06:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've been going back and forth on Grand Bend or Bayfield for an overnight stop on our way to the Bruce.

I've done both, our group had a better time in Bayfield. The beach is nicer in Grand Bend, though. And, it's a younger party crowd there. The marina in Bayfield has a pool. We hung out with some of the seasonal boaters and had a great time. Stop at one town on the way north, and the other on the way home and decide for yourself.

Thanks!


I've looked down at the Bayfield marina bazillions of times passing by on 21, but have never boated there.
 

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I haven't been there in a number of years, but my parents used to own a place there(klondike campground 4 miles south) and I have fond memories, (but I was under drinking age).

I would watch for the shallowness near kettle point (indian reserve don't mess), other wise the coast is beautiful. There is great swimming north and south of the main pier (I like the south, cut's out the riptide).

No mosquitos.

As long as you can get a well, seems like a great trip.

It's a small beach town that really only has a summer population...last I was there.

Go. It's a great place.
 

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QUOTE(gunshow @ Jul 18 2009, 02:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I haven't been there in a number of years, but my parents used to own a place there(klondike campground 4 miles south) and I have fond memories, (but I was under drinking age).
Did they own it in the 70's?? If so, I camped their with my family....it was a nice camp ground. Is it still there?
 

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QUOTE(threecrabs @ Jul 18 2009, 10:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(gunshow @ Jul 18 2009, 02:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I haven't been there in a number of years, but my parents used to own a place there(klondike campground 4 miles south) and I have fond memories, (but I was under drinking age).
Did they own it in the 70's?? If so, I camped their with my family....it was a nice camp ground. Is it still there?


I was there in the 80's. I found some old klondyke campground friends on facebook, and they still camp there. I need to get up there.........
 

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it's been a while but either place is worth stopping and both pretty differnt.
Grand Bend is closer, the beach to the left of the marina (when looking towards the water) is a great spot to watch the sunset, simply beautiful, grab you honey, your favorite cocktail, a beach chair and just sit and relax. To me the bars and places to eat are so-so, the town is sort of cheap looking and touist'y There is a cool place, or at least there used to be on the other side of the marina that sits up high, the food was pretty good and the view spectacular. When making reservations ask to be on the side with the bath houses (most of the slips are) other wise you have to walk quite a ways for a shower.

Bayfield is sort of like a quaint upscale looking little town, very charming with some cute shops and some higer end resturants. The Pump house used to be a favorite and so was the resturant at the small Inn. Not much of a beach though and if I recall once you are there and docked you don't really notice the water.

There are also some papers you need to have when going by boat to Canada, a passport will not take the place of that. I have not gotten it yet, so you will have to ask some other peeps about that.
 

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QUOTE(Ms PatriYacht @ Jul 20 2009, 11:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There are also some papers you need to have when going by boat to Canada, a passport will not take the place of that. I have not gotten it yet, so you will have to ask some other peeps about that.
Don't need any papers, just have ID's on you, and know your boat name, MC numbers, Hull ID, and the birthdates of everyone traveling with you. Mooring in Canada simply requires you to call into Canadian Border Patrol to declare yourself upon arrival. Every bordering Canadian marina has a phone they direct you to. We just did a trip to Mitchell's Bay and the Thames this past week and I went through everything. One call, you get a clearance number, and that's it.

Now returning to the US, that's another story.
 
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