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You might consider looking into the Exped mats after you use your heavy bulky Thermarest. The former are thicker and pack smaller.
The bay is pretty cold at night. I hear you about being a hot sleeper. We keep our house at 64 day and 55 night. But GB is still cool and clammy. You can open a too hot sleeping bag. Its hard to make a too cold bag warmer.
I carry 2 liters of fluid with me.. no more on fresh water.
Most of your route is quite protected and potentially quite busy.
I hope you get to see a fierce storm.. Its quite impressive..from the safety of a campsite of course.
Your GPS is most likely to be lying. The topography of the Bay changes drastically with water level so what you see most likely will only correspond in a most general sense with what is on the screen of the GPS. GPS of course is a handy tool for the fog. You wont need it for the first 25 miles.
I think that the equipment you have is fine. But you may want to change some things on your second trip back to Georgian Bay. The Bay gets back to you.. While it is not terribly demanding most of the time, it can kick up.. It sounds like heresy but you can do that trip practically with no map. I do suggest you get one though. Chrismar has a neat map for the area
Also French River PP has a map that is available at Hartley Bay.
Just follow the shoreline and observe what you see and correlate on your map. Maps give you a great overall picture. GPS does the detail.. You will see how water levels can affect what you see.
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