Robert Hay – Spring/Summer 2014
There is life. Then there is island life.
Growing up on Lake Huron, I’ve boated all of my life – starting as early as 7-years-old. There is something so magnificent, so energizing, about being on the water that I knew it would be an integral part of my life. I first visited Georgian Bay 35 years ago and had never seen such a picture-perfect archipelago. In 1986 we purchased McGaw Island, a 27-acre respite from the pressures of daily life, and to this day, I still wake up with wide-eyed wonderment at its natural beauty.
My passion for the water has carried me to the Bahamas, where I’ve boated for more than 20 years, as well as the Amalfi Coast, the Straight of Georgia in British Columbia, among others. But none is quite as magnificent as Ontario’s Georgian Bay. Often referred to as “the sixth Great Lake,” it is comprised of 30,000 islands and more than 1,200 miles of shoreline. It is one of the few places in the world that has changed very little, and that’s a good thing! A large part of the region is preserved as the Georgian Bay Islands National Park and cottage owners are sensitive to the needs of the area.
Georgian Bay features wonders that my family and I continue to discover through the years, from Manatoulin and Killarney in the north, to the Western Islands and beyond, the impressive Canadian Shield is the perfect backdrop for day trips, water sports, fishing, and outdoor adventures.
For the prospective island buyer, I encourage you to consider the water an asset, not a concern. Most cottage owners love the opportunity to travel by boat and there is a well established infrastructure that enables new owners to receive needed building materials and other deliverables for construction or renovation.
At the end of the day – when the sun begins to set on what I believe to be one of the most glorious places on earth, there is nothing more satisfying than the gathering of family & friends for a glass of wine and fresh prepared food. It is these moments I relish most, and I’m sure you will to, regardless of where your island may be.