McCoy Island, Georgian Bay Kayak and Canoe (optional)

We plan to kayak out to the McCoy Island area. Depending on conditions we can explore around the area south to Franklin Island, Mink Island or north to Pointe au Baril area.
During this outing we are planning to honour the last wishes of Mike Naughton to have some of his ashes spread over the McCoy island.

Born in England in 1918, Mike was the Founding President of the Five Winds Backcountry Ski Club. He began establishing ski trails in the Gibson River area in 1973. Mike captured the history of his beloved Gibson River area and the Club's presence there in "Gibson River Past and Present: A Five Winds Chronicle". He also wrote his memoirs, "Michael Naughton, My Life" . Both of these can be found on the Five Winds club’s website. Michael Naughton died in London on June 3rd 2015.

Original members of Five Winds Backcountry Ski Club remember him for his vision and years of dedication to the club. Old and new members remember him for the joy he has given us as we ski on his trails every Sunday during the winter. Mike's wishes were to have his ashes scattered on his beloved Gibson Trails.

The Basics
Event Location: 
McCoy Island, Georgian Bay
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 09:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Event Duration: 
2 days
Difficulty Rating: 
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
Kayak (preferred) Canoe (optional) Depends on winds and waves
Maximum Group Size: 
10 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
1 boat
Itinerary description: 

Put in at Dillon Marina. There's a nominal launch and parking fee. Paddle out to Big McCoy Island.
Depending on conditions pick an explore route around islands for Saturday and Sunday either sheltered or not depending on water craft, skill level and weather conditions.

You could drive up Friday and camp in Killbear PP.. You could rent a kayak at White Squall. Then first thing Saturday morning you are good to go.

NOTE; I will be off line from June 30 to July 17. If you have any questions during this time I will get back to you the week of July 17..

Required Items to Bring: 

Sea Kayaking and associate safety gear and camping equipment

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Food, water

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

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Carpool Info: 

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Cancellation Policy: 
Only sign up if you 100% sure you plan to go
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary Ataman