Georgian Bay, surrounded by the districts of Manitoulin, Sudbury, Parry Sound and Muskoka, as well as the counties of Simcoe, Grey and Bruce, is the largest fresh water archipelago in the world.
Georgian Bay covers approximately 15,000 square kilometres, making it nearly 80% the size of Lake Ontario. If Georgian Bay were considered a lake, it would be the fourth largest lake located entirely within Canada.
First Nations, dating back over 10,000 years, including the Anishinaabeg who lived along the northern, eastern and western shores of Georgian Bay, and the Wendat and Tionontati, who inhabited the lands along the southern coast.
In 1610, Étienne Brûlé, a teenage interpreter, was the first European to live with the Wendat (Hurons) in Southern Georgian Bay. Five years later, in 1615, Brulé's employer, the explorer Samuel de Champlain, made his own visit to Georgian Bay.
In 2004, Eastern Georgian Bay was designated as a world biosphere reserve by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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