Activities and Things to Do

Boat Picnic

Enjoy a picnic with your family on one of hundreds of sites on and around Franklin Island. A canoe or kayak is an ideal way to explore the sheltered bays and inlets, and hundreds of islands in the area. A boat and motor will take you to any of the many beaches on Franklin Island for a swim within minutes.

The weather checks out, the basket is packed for a boat picnic on Georgian Bay. You have laid out a route and picked a place to go. This is a great day for being out all day on the Bay.

Then you head out past the Dillon Cove Marina, look for the Windmill and then find a route to the perfect spot. Channel markers are identified by the navigator in your family, you find your way around islands, buoys, and shoals. “There it is!” someone shouts. Kids want to get out of the boat and check out that high rock. The view is spectacular over the bay from here. After everyone cools off in the bay, some may like to fish off that ledge. Some will just relax, loaf on that sundrenched rock and enjoy the view.

Don meticulously maintains “his” 18′ cedar boats, he also looks after the 16′ Abitibi and Mirro Crafts. Don always refers to boat number one, because there is a story that goes with that one. You wouldn’t notice it if you looked at the boat, but it has a mark on the side that looks like a patch. Well, it is a repair of a 2″ hole, the story goes that someone had put a shell through it some 15 years ago, when this place was still a fishing camp. Cedar boats have been a long standing tradition at Wawanaisa.
They feel their way on Georgian Bay. With a touch of a bygone era, the wooden Giesler Boat takes you and your family too many great picnic areas, fishing spots, and swimming beaches. There is no boat on Georgian Bay quite like it and it is ideal for a family for
exploring and fishing.

The Abitibi boat is well suited for 2 up to 4 people, also the Mirro Crafts are quick, it “gets you there in a hurry”, Don says.

It is a very hot day in mid-summer, what better way than cooling off in the swells of Georgian Bay among the outer islands. Water temperatures are typically between 22 to 25 degrees Celsius from mid-June onwards.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Wawanaisa Resort is located in central Georgian Bay enabling you to paddle among hundreds of islands in the area and return to the comforts of your cottage. Sheltered bays and coves provide excellent spots for a stopover, picnic, fish, and swim.

You are welcome to make use our fleet of canoes and kayaks free of charge.

Golf Courses

Local Provincial Parks

Algonquin Park
Ontario's biggest provincial park with a fantastic visitor center.

Killarney Provincial Park
1.5 hours from Wawanaisa, Killarney Provincial Park is one of Ontario’s best. With outstanding scenery, excellent hiking and canoeing trails it’s well worth the drive.

Killbear Provincial Park
5 minutes from Wawanaisa it has great beaches, picnic spots, and hiking trails.

Restaurants and Convenience Stores

Dillon Cove Marina
A convenience store 5 minutes away.

Gilly’s Fish Restaurant

Local Attractions

Festival of the Sound
Parry Sound’s annual summer classical music festival.

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame

Georgian Bay Airways
Sightseeing air tours as well as flying adventures.

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is one of over 500 UNESCO biosphere reserves throughout the world and currently one of only 13 in Canada. The eastern coast of Georgian Bay is also known as the “30,000 Islands” and is considered the world’s largest.

M.V. Chippewa III
One of the famous Niagara Maid of the Mists now in Parry Sound. They offer afternoon, sunset and dinner cruises and charters with a licenced bar.

Science North
Imax Theater and Mining tours in Sudbury.

Festival of the Sound
Parry Sound’s annual summer classical music festival.

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame

Georgian Bay Airways
Sightseeing air tours as well as flying adventures.

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is one of over 500 UNESCO biosphere reserves throughout the world and currently one of only 13 in Canada. The eastern coast of Georgian Bay is also known as the “30,000 Islands” and is considered the world’s largest.

M.V. Chippewa III
One of the famous Niagara Maid of the Mists now in Parry Sound. They offer afternoon, sunset and dinner cruises and charters with a licenced bar.

Science North
Imax Theater and Mining tours in Sudbury.

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