I think I’ve found a little slice of Heaven.
It seems pretty crazy that I’ve been living on beautiful Manitoulin Island for eight years now, and the other week was the first time I had ever been to Misery Bay Provincial Park! Okay, you got me. I didn’t even know we had a Provincial Park on the Island!
I was shocked to see how crystal clear the water was! You could walk out for what seemed like forever and the water remained shallow. It was perfect since we had some little ones with us on our excursion. The water was perfect. The perfect temperature for swimming!
I have to thank my friend, AdventureGirl for introducing us to this breathtaking place. It was such a fun, relaxing, refreshing day! Just being at Misery Bay made all my worries melt away.
Misery Bay looks as though time had stood still and the land remained untouched by man. Apart from some of the landscaping and general maintenance of the park to make it easy for park visitors to navigate, it really does look like it’s nature just the way it was meant to be. Spectacular!
A little bit about Misery Bay:
- Located on Manitoulin Island, the largest fresh water island (within a fresh water lake) in the world.
- Misery Bay Nature Reserve is located on an ancient flat rock sea bottom, known as an alvar.
- The Great Lakes Basin has the only alvars found in North America, and most of the alvars found in the world.
- Misery Bay Nature Reserve, because of its unique natural environment is also home to some special flora and fauna.
“According to local lore, the earliest settlers—lacking hay—came to the foot of the bay to cut marsh grass for their livestock.
There’s an information centre/interpretive centre for visitors to educate themselves on all the flora and fauna, as well as the history of the park. The Summer staff we spoke to was very helpful and friendly. The kids had so much fun on our ‘educational outing’.
Whenever I think I’ve seen the most beautiful part of the Island, I keep finding more hidden gems. Isn’t that photo just amazing? Misery Bay looks so pristine and so welcoming. I can’t wait to visit again before the Summer is over.
Admittedly, it is quite the stretch of driving to get to Misery Bay from our part of the Island, but it is so worth it! My 3.5 year old describes it as being “at the other end of the Earth”! Too funny!
It really is a hidden treasure though. If you visit Manitoulin Island, please make sure to check out Misery Bay. If you live on Manitoulin Island, I hope you take the time to enjoy yet another place that makes Manitoulin so special.