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The day I picked for my paddle was perfect. It was 3 days after the big Labor Day weekend (one of the holidays the US and Canada share). Henryís is just not one of those cute fish and chips places on the water. First, itís on an island. Second, itís only accessible by water, third itís down right comfortable and friendly. It ranks in the boating and kayaking world right up there with Cabbage Key (and itís famous burgers) off of Ft. Meyers in Florida.
At Henryís on a normal summer day I am told there are dozens of Mega Yachts, almost a hundred small boaters, a dozen seaplanes, and 20 or so kayaks, all docked in front of Henrys. Five different small commercial seaplanes, one of the companies making flights from Toronto Harbour, service the restaurant. The wait can be 2 Ĺ to 3 hours on a weekend. It is that good.
Although there is a fairly robust menu, most people opt for the Pickerel platter (battered or pan-fried). The Canadian Pickerel is a fish in the US that is called Walleye. It is an excellent food fish. I should know - I ate 10 filets that day for lunch. I was a little top heavy paddling back, Iíll admit it.
The paddle can be accomplished a hundred different ways. There is only one requirement. To get out of Moon Bay one should use Captain Allan Strait to get out of Moon Bay. From there, itís about a 20 km paddle and can be done in warm weather as there are a myriad of islands that can be straddled depending on the prevailing winds. We were fortunately on the way out we had southerly wind pushing us. On the way back the wind had changed to a westerly. We averaged 7.8 km per hour without pushing ourselves. Paddling out on the north side of Sharpe Island, on the way back paddling the south side of Sharpe.
Maps of the area can be obtained at MEC downtown Toronto. For those wanting to spend the night, you can chose to leave from Peteís place (2km short of the end of Healy Lake Road) and spend a night on an island in the Ontario Massasauga Provincial Park. Youíll have a choice of 135 sites that are a modest $9.00 per person. Itíll only add about 5 km to your trip if you pick a site along your route.
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