Chapter 5 – Lake Huron

565 miles away from the nearest sea
565 miles away from the nearest sea
Enjoying a paddle
Enjoying a paddle

Today I went for an actual swim in a Great Lake (Lake Huron to be precise)! I must have been a bit naive to think that inland Canada would not have great beaches…I had no idea that white sandy beaches with beach bars, parasailing and rows of tanned sunbathing people existed so far away from the sea. I was set straight today when we visited the southeastern edge of Lake Huron and I realised that, not only are the beaches stunning, but they also have many of the pros without the cons of similar beaches on the sea coasts. The water is not salty so it doesn’t make your eyes sting or stick your hair together; there are no jellyfish or other harmful sea creatures to sting, bite or impale hapless swimmers and there were no dangerous currents along the shallow, sandy shoreline. It was probably the safest beach I have ever visited.

We first drove to the town of Grand Bend, a typical seaside resort (except that it isn’t anywhere near the sea) with beach bars, a boardwalk and shops selling inflatable lilos and buckets and spades. We stopped for lunch in one of the beachfront cafés…Catrin mostly wore her lunch, but did manage to get some of it in her mouth, I think.

Accessorising with pasta and tomato sauce
Accessorising with pasta and tomato sauce

We then drove a short distance to Port Franks and spent the afternoon playing in the hot water in the lagoon, building sandcastles, paddling and jumping over the waves. The water didn’t feel cold and was lovely to swim in…plus I felt pleased that I had taken the opportunity to swim in a lake so big that I could see the curvature of the earth on the horizon. It was a brilliant day.

Jumping over the waves
Jumping over the waves
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