Maps of Black's Bay Lodge &
The following maps give you an every increasing magnification of the
To enlarge the image, click on it. This will open the image in a new
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|On the right, we can see two maps. In the bottom
left corner is a map of the globe showing North America (Canada and the
United States of America). The yellow arrow points to the Great
Lakes region on the border between the USA and Canada.
The second map shows an enlarged view of the Great Lakes region.
Located just North of the U.S. state of Michigan, Manitoulin Island is
shown in the colour red.
Manitoulin Island is located at the northern end of Lake Huron, and is
close to Lake Superior (the lake to the West of Manitoulin), Lake Michigan
(the lake to the South-West), and Georgian Bay (to the East); a virtual
cross roads of fresh water. Taken together, these Great Lakes are
the largest collection of fresh water in the world (except for glaciers).
|On the right is a Landsat 7 satellite image of the Great
Lakes region between the USA and Canada. The water is blue coloured, the
land is either green or tan coloured. North is to the top, West is to the
Dark green areas are forested. The tan areas are urbanized or farmed, and
therefore have few or no trees and green vegetation.
The State of Michigan looks like a left-hand mitten, surrounded by water.
It has Lake Michigan on the West (left), Lake Huron on the upper right,
Lake St. Clair (the small blue dot) and Lake Erie (long thin lake at the
bottom right of the image.
Manitoulin Island can be seen at the North end of Lake Huron. Check back
to the previous map to verify your location of Manitoulin (the big red
island in the previous map).
|Close up satellite view of Manitoulin Island.
irregular wisps (purple to the North of Manitoulin, blue and white to the
South West) are clouds.
Click on image for larger version.
|Satellite image of Providence Bay, Manitoulin, and
Black's Bay Lodge.
Click on the image to get an enlarged view (554 kB
The shoreline tends to be forested, while the farms are inland.
Black's Bay Lodge is just to the West of the large horseshoe bay
Providence Bay has the largest sand beach on
Manitoulin; similar to Wasaga Beach on the Bruce, or Canatera Park in
|This map shows the highways on, and in proximity to
As can be seen, there are a number of inland lakes on Manitoulin (110 in
total). Manitoulin Island has more lakes on it than any other island in
the world, and the world's largest lake on an island
The route of the ferry from the mainland at Tobermory to South Baymouth on
Manitoulin can be seen in the bottom right of the map.
the size of Manitoulin to Lake Huron. That is a big lake ! Depending on
the wind direction, storms and waves can be just as big and furious on
Lake Huron as on the North Atlantic ocean. There are thousands of
shipwrecks all around the Great Lakes from people and ships who got caught
in the lake's fury. This is why there is no waterfront dock at BBay.
Detailed Roads Map for Manitoulin Island & surrounding
area Road.pdf 686 kB
|Between Manitoulin Island and the mainland to the North, there is the
North Channel. The North Channel is recognized as one of the finest areas
in North America for cruising; whether by sail or power. This area is
well protected by being in the lee of Manitoulin, and only having a small
reach between the channel and Sault St. Marie to the West.
beautiful, deep water harbour, Providence Bay is often the starting &
stopping point for many of these cruisers as they come West from Georgian
Bay, or North from Tobermory, or across from Michigan, or East from Sault
|This map is one of my own creation, giving detailed
driving instructions on how to get to BBay from the ferry dock at South
Baymouth. There are two maps, one in the top right of the image, the
other in the bottom left.
Click on the image to get a full size version
Using the map in the top right, the suggested route from the ferry to BBay
is coloured in dark on the map. One the right hand side, there is a text
version giving the directions turn by turn, as well as mileage between
turns. BBay's land is shaded in dark at the top left of this map
The low part of the map gives even greater magnification of the town of
Providence Bay. The road to BBay is Firehall Rd. located at the top left
of the detailed view.
Acrobat pdf version of this map
Manitoulin.pdf 168 kB
|This is the map with the greatest magnification. It
shows BBay's 113 acres located just West of Providence Bay.
Click on the image to get a full size version.
The thick red lines show the property lines. The red line running
horizontally (West & East) near the top of the map is the unopened road
allowance called Firehall Rd.
The two vertical red lines (running North and South) are BBay's property
The thin black lines show the roads. BBay's access road starts from
Firehall Rd., about the mid point (with respect to East West) of the
property, and goes South towards the water.
The thick green lines show the primary deer trails in this region of the
The blue lines show the intermittent streams and swampy areas around BBay.
The streams are running in the spring. If there has been very wet
weather during other parts of the year, then the streams will be running
|The big red "X" in the thick red rectangle at the bottom of the map is
where the main lodge is located, right by the beach on Lake Huron.
The large jog in the shoreline creates a beautiful, shallow bay . This
warms the water for swimming in the summer, and makes an excellent place
for small fish to spawn and grow up before they venture out into the big
The large number of minnows in the bay means we get constant waterfront
visitors from ducks, cranes, herons, loons, raccoons, and many others.