Canadian Yachting April 2015 - (Page 14)

ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Midland Harbour - Georgian Bay The Heart of It all Cheroka, a beautiful Bayfield 36, docked at Midland Harbour's town dock in view of the waterside murals that greet all boaters as they enter. By Terri Hodgson Credit: John Jamieson As an attractive destination for sailors and cruisers alike, Midland Harbour doesn't really have to try hard to impress; the waters of Georgian Bay attract yachts of all sizes from all over the globe. With a history steeped in lumber and boat manufacturing, Midland Harbour today is an integral part of a thriving town, boasting the largest freshwater marina in the world amongst its offerings. The hometown of Sarah Burke, Glen Howard, Adam Dixon and David Onley to name a few, Midland is the heart of the North Simcoe area, the centre of the Midland shipbuilding docks with coal docks in background circa 1880. Credit: Huronia Museum neighbouring Georgian Bay communities. Founded in 1871 the town's main industry was lumber manufacturing at the Playfair Mill which dominated the town's waterfront until shipbuilding took over, beginning with Dobson's Shipbuilding and later as Midland Shipyards. Ships were 8LV370 8LV370 LIGHT, QUIET, LIGHT, QUIET, CLEAN, EXTREMELY EFFICIENT RELIABILITY EXTREMELY 370 HP 8LV370Z with ZT370 sterndrive 8LV370Z 14 Canadi an Yachti ng built for both WWI and WWII, with a lull in production during the Great Depression and continuing with commercial building until 1954 when shipbuilding operations were centralized in Collingwood, ON. Midland Harbour is tucked into the southern end of Georgian Bay, smack in the middle of the 30,000 Islands and home to a UNESCO world biosphere reserve ( With a nominal year round population, Midland and the surrounding Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny and Honey Harbour communities swell to over 100,000 during the summer season. This extended area, which has been known as North Simcoe County, Southern Georgian Bay and Huronia as a tourist destination over the past years, has recently come together to rebrand itself with one cohesive voice and is now to be known as The Heart of Georgian Bay ( The downtown area is adjacent to and accessible from all of the Midland area marinas and yacht clubs. From Bayport Yachting Centre, Midland Sailing Club and Central Marina, boaters can walk right into the downtown core, with grocery stores, LCBO, restaurants and all other services right at hand. From Canada's largest fresh water marina, Wye Heritage, yachters can make their way into town via a short dinghy ride, bicycle or car ride as well. World class dining is readily available on or just off of the main street, steps from the marinas, with the top rated dining at the Explorer's Café as well as the Library Restaurant, MC Sushi, Bo's Authentic Thai, and many more. For those in search of a great selection of beers and ales then Cellarman's Ale House Pub is a necessary stop, with a robust selection of hops, a full APRIL 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting April 2015

Vantage Point
One Particular Harbour: Midland Harbour, Georgian Bay
Club Profile: Britannia Yacht Club
Feature: Inflatable Lifejacket Selection, Wear, Care and Maintenance
Galley Guys: What's New and What's Old
Feature: B.C. Boat Builder Forbes Cooper
Feature: The Ultimate Anchoring Article
Feature: Towing and Salvage
Sail Review: Bavaria Cruiser 37
CPS-ECP Port Hole
Crossing the Line

Canadian Yachting April 2015