Georgian Bay, Ontario

 
 

The Township of Georgian Bay is an area municipality of the District Municipality of Muskoka, in south-central Ontario, Canada. It is located on the Severn River, where it empties into the eponymous Georgian Bay. The municipal offices are at Port Severn.

Communities

The township contains the communities of Bayview Park, Big Chute, Cedar Nook, Crooked Bay, Franceville, Go Home, Honey Harbour, Macey Bay, MacTier, Moon River, Potters Landing, South Bay, Wolverine Beach and Wood Landing.

Honey Harbour serves as a launching point to the "30,000 Islands" that make up the Georgian Bay geography. The islands that are accessible from Honey Harbour are dotted with hundreds to thousands of cottages. The cottages serve mostly as summer residences. Many very large cottages have been built recently, which has resulted in an increase in the property values. The economic cycle of Honey Harbour is tied to the cycle of the cottagers. Honey Harbour has a small grocery store ("Towne Centre"), a post office, a liquor store, a bakery, a Catholic church and school, a public elementary school, several small craft stores, a large resort (the "Delawana Inn") and several marinas.

Honey Harbour's founder's name was Harvey Hewitt from Pasadena, California. The double H's were a play off of his name. He was also the original pioneer and co-developer of "Woolite."

Demographics

Water bodies

  • Gibson Lake
  • Gloucester Pool
  • Go Home Lake
  • Six Mile Lake
  • Severn River
  • Georgian Bay (Ontario)

Culture

Library

Library branches are in Honey Harbour and MacTier and there is a satellite library branch in the new Township Community Services Building in Port Severn. The library is a popular destination for recreational reading materials, DVDs and tourist information. The services include Information and reference services; Access to full text databases; Community information; Internet access; Reader's advisory services; Programs for children, youth and adults; Delivery to homebound individuals; Interlibrary loan and Free downloadable audiobooks.

Items within its collection are business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, books, periodicals, genealogy, local history.