Shawanaga Island (GB-37) Land Use Survey

dspencer - December 4, 2020

Those of us who enjoy cruising around Shawanaga Island along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay just south of Pointe au Baril (GB-37 through to GB-37.3) may wish to review the following.

Shawanaga First Nation is in the initial stages of creating a management plan for Shawanaga Island that has been designated an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area.  They hope to balance responsible use of the land and protection of the island for the next seven generations for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. In order to be well informed in drafting of the management plan and that it is reflective of members and neighbours alike, they created a survey to gather input on how we enjoy the lands and waters of Shawanaga Island. 

Shawanaga First Nation reached out to me (Dave Spencer, GLCC Rear Commodore for Georgian Bay) to solicit input from boaters who cruise in the area.  There isn’t a “check box” for cruising boaters in the description of land use so I clicked “other” and wrote in “Anchoring a cruising sailboat” as the activity that I enjoy on Shawanaga Island.  

Click here to fill out the survey by December 15, 2020 - all answers submitted will remain anonymous:

Bruce Arthur's picture

I have completed their survey. The Shawanaga river is one of our favourite places to visit on Georgian Bay, in high water years.