We stayed in Gaylord, Michigan the first night of our great road/camping adventure. The next morning we headed north on I-75 finally crossing back into Canada at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario just before lunch time. After a few detours around Sault Ste. Marie we proceeded along the Trans Canada as far as Espanola, Ontario where we turned south for our evening destination of South Baymouth. We had booked a room there and had reservations for the Chi-Cheechmaun ferry that would take us to Tobermory, Ontario the following morning.
It was a cold, dreary day with on and off rain yet we happily made our way through the amazingly beautiful Canadian landscape. It was our anniversary and having spent many a mile traveling together over the past 36 years, it was a rather fitting way to celebrate this milestone! We arrived at South Baymouth shortly before 7 PM and decided to stop for dinner before going to the motel. South Baymouth is in Tehkummah Township, population 406 (2011). It is the northern terminal for the Chi-Cheechmaun ferry, the southern being Tobermory. This is very much a tourist pass through point as thousands make the trek from Espanola through Manitoulin Island with a destination of Tobermory saving considerable time and kilometer in comparison to driving the northern route. The town has access to the Canadian mainland during the winter months via Highway 6 as the ferry does not run during the winter months. Essentially the town shuts down for the winter months. We have driven through Espanola several times staying on the Trans Canada during the winter months and let me tell you, folks up there have no choice but to keep very well stocked pantries and necessary supplies on hand to get them through the long winter months!
Carol's & Earl's is a must stop at eatery when visiting South Baymouth. Their food is delicious! Their service is friendly, very much home style and they love to talk to their patrons. We bought a cherry pie on the way out the door sure that it would be a lovely dessert at the campground. We were not wrong! Even if you don't stop for a meal, be sure to stop for a pie. Originally the pies were made by Earl's Mom but now they are made by Earl. Honestly, they are amazing! If you visit this restaurant, they do not accept debit or credit cards. I recommend carrying sufficient cash for fuel and meals when traveling through northern Ontario as many places are cash only.