Collins Inlet is a protective channel that divides Phillip Edward Island from the mainland on the north shore of Georgian Bay. It is part of Georgian Bay’s Granite Coast and is known for its extreme beauty and majestic scenery, but it is also a rich and diverse biosphere. It is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago and world-renowned UNESCO biosphere reserve, and home to national and provincial parks. The coast shelters many vegetation communities, unique species and breeding birds. I’ve paddled this scenic route on several occasions. Explorers, Jesuits, and voyageurs used it to escape the heavy winds of the bay, just as current boaters do today; and long before that, native peoples used the route extensively. Here inukshuks stand lonely vigil with the stars and trees bent to the will of the westerly winds.