Have I told you that I like maps, especially satellite views? They don't always turn out well, but the Google Maps view of this area is great, because it was taken in the fall so there's some fall colours. This shows an overall view of the Loree Forest, with the steep darker slopes to the north, and Georgian Bay beyond, just to show you the context. You can see the slopes of several Ski Clubs, including Georgian Peaks by itself, in the centre of the picture.
This entire upper plateau is public land, acquired for an ambitious hydro project long ago. Believe it or not, the plan was to pump water from Georgian Bay up onto the plateau, creating an artificial lake. The pumping would occur during hours of low demand for hydro, and then the water would be allowed to run downhill again during hours of high demand, with a generating station at the bottom. Because of the high height of the land (260 metres or 850 feet), a lot of hydro could be generated for the amount of water used. That would have created the highest 'head' for a hydro plant anywhere in Canada. For whatever reason, that never happened, and the land was transferred to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Now it's widely used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, (and hummer tours).
We had a dusting of snow overnight, and did have below freezing temperatures til after about 9 a.m., but it disappeared fast. Today was Gingerbread Cookie Day in our house. I have to admit that not much baking gets done here, but this is a Christmas tradition that can't be missed. And I had the loyal task of being the official taster.
I pronounced them perfect!