northern ontario

Along Northern Edge of Lake Superior

Along Northern Edge of Lake Superior

Marty's Road Trip 2023

Yvonne and I started our 2023 Road Trip a few days ago.   Still quite a bit of winter along Lake Superior in Northern Ontario.  Makes for a stark beauty.  Yvonne pulled up Gordon Lightfoot's 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' on Spotify to keep us company.  A haunting, eerie song.  Kept us company for the very long two day drive through Ontario.  Checking mileage, I found that Brandon, Manitoba is exactly half way between Niagara Falls and Vancouver. 

Beautiful drive, albeit long. 



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Calgary and West Road Trip – First Four Days

Calgary and West Road Trip – First Four Days

Yvonne and Martin Road Trip Spring 2022

Ontario is a very large Province.  Two long days got us as far as Kenora, Ontario.  Another 4+ hours on the third day got us to Brandon, Manitoba where we are staying with some good friends for a few days.  The photos of the young boy is their son.  His dad, my friend Tom, and I, grew up together back when god was a boy back in the 1950s and 1960s.

As you can see Northern Ontario was still somewhat covered in snow.    Those first two days of the trip were rainy and foggy.  We are taking little video snippets which I’ll string together at the end of our road trip.  You can see a few still photos of what it was like driving.

First night we stayed in Wawa, Ontario.  What a nice place.  The towns through the north look a bit tired but the people are great.  We stayed at a place called The Outdoorsman.  Lovely couple own it and they were so nice and friendly.  Very service oriented. Much more so than bigger chain hotels that we have stayed.  And the room we stayed in was spacious, clean and comfortable.  (And quite reasonable.)

No breakfast there but the owner of the hotel suggested the Lakeside Restaurant up the street and around the bend.  Not much to look at from the outside but there were three other sets of folks breaking their fast and by the time we left we were fast friends with all.  And breakfast got me through most of the day.

We won’t stay in Kenora again if we can help it.  Way over priced.

On our second day we stopped at Kakabeka Falls.  A little west of Thunder Bay.  A few seconds off the highway so not really out of the way.  If you like water falls, they are worth seeing if you are going through there anyway.  Quite a sight. And the colour was fascinating.  Kind of a yellow colour.  I haven’t researched this yet but expect that is due to the kind of minerals in the water.  Like out west in British Columbia, the rivers are all a greenish colour.  A different set of minerals in the water. 

Here in Brandon the weather finally got wonderful.  Sunny and 20 C.

Same for the next few days we hope.

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