In the west, We know it as Lake Huron, which takes its name from the tribes that populated that northeast part of the American continent. Yes, those that in Hollywood movies were bad because their members shaved and painted the body, in contrast to other more ‘nice’ ethnicities such as Comanches and Apaches.
The Ferret is shared between the United States and Canada and is the second-largest of the Great Lakes and the fourth largest in the world, larger than all of Croatia. So when talking about this lake surface, everything is superlative. The most striking, that only in Georgian Bay, the Canadian end, the government has registered more than 30,000 islands. The amount of water it contains is so large that experts estimate that it takes 22 years to completely renew it.
It was an outburst of fury from the god Kitchikewana that caused the formation of the 30,000 islands. In anger, he sank his hand into the ground and threw the handful of material over the water, speckling it of territory. His five fingers were marked in the drawing that today anyone can discern contemplating a map of the Ferret. The lake is ‘split’ twice.
Through the center, marking the borderline between the United States and Canada. And on the side of this country, along the peninsula of South Bruce and Manitoruli Island, which practically enclose Georgian Bay.
It Huron territory holiday for Americans plying its waters by kayak, disembarking in some of the thousands of islands or are content to surround them when they are inaccessible, as the famous Turnip, perhaps the most photogenic of them all, practically a hojaldre of rock worn by the waves and crowned by a lilliputian white pine forest.
In countries like the United States and Canada, where hiking is almost a religion, the roads, which go deep into the forest and end at any of the riverside points, are an endless network, and thousands of walkers walk them every year, even in winter, when large thicknesses of snow take over the area.
In summer the water is still cold, which does not prevent invigorating baths, especially if you try to penetrate the delicious Grotto, a cave near Tobermory, the reference town to take a vacation in the Canadian Ferret.
The lake, despite its size and economic importance – thousands of merchant ships cross its waters in the eight months a year that it is free of ice – has not generated important cities, and its waters are reasonably free of pollutants. Its main inhabitants are the wild fauna that makes ornithologists, fishermen, and canoeists fall in love during the months of good weather. And even divers, because there is a ‘marine’ reserve in Fathom Five with some wrecks.
For those who wish to travel by car, one of the most popular routes is to follow the outline of the lake to visit the huge and beautiful lighthouses that dot it. There are in stone and wood, of rigorous white or painted crimson that stand out from the bottom of the Albar pine forest. In the reserve of Cabot Head are some of the most beautiful.
Georgian Bay, with its 30,000 islands, was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2004.