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The 8 Largest Marinas in Canada You Must Visit

The 8 Largest Marinas in Canada You Must Visit

Canadians love their lakes. With over 50% of the world’s natural lakes residing in Canada, they have every reason to. Without its lakes, Canada would actually be smaller in area than the USA!

This article looks at 8 of Canada’s largest marinas, situated on 6 different lakes.

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8. Kelowna Yacht Club

With around 1000 slips advertised for rent on their website, Kelowna Yacht Club sits on approximately 24 acres, making it one of the most compact large marinas in Canada. This marina offers an enormous and likely one of the nicest yacht clubs in British Columbia and has been around for over 70 years.

7. Krate’s Marina

Located in Keswick, Ontario, Krate’s Marina holds over 500 slips and encompasses 32 acres. Krate’s Marina is on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, about an hour’s drive from the heart of Toronto via the ON-404 highway. They offer a parts and service department and also recently added a boat rental program to their marina.

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6. Outer Harbour Marina

Located 10 minutes from the downtown core of Toronto and just minutes away from Billy Bishop Airport, Outer Harbour Marina is our most urban marina and thanks to the nearby airport, one of the most accessible. Outer Harbour Marina is on Lake Ontario and contains over 600 slips which cover about 33 acres. With prices starting at $104 per foot, a standard 30 foot boat can expect to pay over $3100 plus tax, per season.

5. Bridgeview Yachting Centre

Located across the border, just a couple thousand feet away from the USA, Sarnia is home to the Bridgeview Yachting Centre. This marina estimated they offer over 750 slips and sit on at least 35 acres. Some of Bridgeview’s unique amenities are an outdoor pool, dockside barbecues and air-conditioned washrooms. They are located on the south edge of Lake Huron.

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4. Friday Harbour

Unlike the majority of our list, Friday Harbour on Lake Simcoe is a year-round $1.5 billion resort project offering everything from a golf course to multi-million dollar condos and a whopping 2000 slip marina, making it the largest capacity marina in Canada. Although 2000 slips is larger than any other marina on our list, CTV News claimed the marina itself only sits on 40 acres of the 600 acre resort. The amount of non-boater activities available makes Friday Harbour one of the best non-boater destinations on our list.

3. Bay Port Yachting Centre

Up in Georgian Bay, Bay Port Yachting Centre posts a capacity of over 700 slips. Over the phone their friendly staff reported a very modest 5 acres, but after using Google Maps satellite imaging, we saw they were over 45 acres, making them not only a top 3 contender, but probably the most modest marina on the list. Like Friday Harbour, Bay Port is also owned by a conglomerate — Parkbridge is Canada’s largest owner and operator of residential land lease communities and resorts.

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2. Wye Heritage Marina

Coming in second place, Wye Heritage Marina claims to be the largest freshwater marina in Canada on their website, however didn’t measure up under our investigation. They claim to have 800 slips, which puts them below 2 marinas on our list in that category. Over the phone they said they sit on about 100 acres but after doing a survey on Google Maps satellite images, we estimate their size to be around 70 acres. Wye Heritage is also owned by Parkbridge and is located in Midland, Ontario on beautiful Georgian Bay.

1. MacDonald Turkey Point Marina

Topping off our list, MacDonald Turkey Point Marina offers approximately 750 seasonal slips on a massive 78 acre property located on the north shore of Lake Erie. Unlike the other marinas in the list, this giant also allows cottage owners to rent access to its waterways for those cottages that back onto the marina channels. If you factor in the cottage owners, the acreage climbs to approximately 110 acres, putting it above the other marinas on our list, in both scenarios. The marina offers a 12 nozzle fuel dock, boat maintenance, a restaurant, Sea-Doo rentals and a used boat dealership.

Featured photo credit: MacDonald Turkey Point Marina via macdonaldmarine.com

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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