What’s on Canada’s Lake Superior shore you may wonder. Well, I can’t show you everything, it’s a big lake, and a long shore after all, but I can show you a few of the things that caught my attention.
First of all, there are a lot of waterfalls, most of them huge. I liked the big vistas…
…but I really enjoyed trying to capture some of the smaller details, like these shelves of rock with water pouring over.
Some people enjoy seeing the water smoothed, other people like seeing the droplets.
I like waterfalls both ways.
Also near Thunder Bay is a memorial park honoring Terry Fox, the young man who was running a marathon a day, across Canada, to raise money for cancer research.
The park marks the spot he had to stop, back in 1980 when his cancer returned.
One day we were driving through Thunder Bay when I noticed the sun on a red ship moored out in the bay.
Only later, looking through images, did I realize that in the background I had accidentally captured the sleeping giant. Do you see him? I almost cut off his head!
Here’s another view of the sleeping giant. Way up there is where we watched the sun set one evening, you saw those images in an earlier post.
Not far from Thunder Bay we stopped at another fur trading post, Fort William, and learned more about how the fur trading business worked.
There was another huge information center.
With lots of beautiful art inside.
And then you could take the shuttle or walk through a beautiful woods to get to the fort.
Once there we were taken on a guided tour.
There was a hierarchy in the business, among the owners or stockholders, and those that went into the wild to trade pots and pans for furs, and those that worked in the post.
It was interesting to realize that, in the end, it was the fashion industry that drove all this activity. The furs were sent back East to be made into felted hats, to edge beautiful gowns, or to be made into coats for the wealthy and powerful.
After our official tour we were allowed to wander through the rest of the buildings inside the fort.
Lots of interesting places to explore, all labeled in three languages, English, French and the Native American language of the Ojibwa.
After we left the Thunder Bay area we stopped at an amethyst mine. Apparently there’s a relatively small area of Canada that has amethyst.
This family has owned the land for several decades and gives short tours to explain how amethyst grows. It was pretty.
But I was just as attracted to the old trucks parked on the land.
We still had a long way to go, so we moved on…back along the shore of Lake Superior, with it’s beautiful blue water and rocky or sandy beaches.
Some of it is hilly, small mountains really, and along the way we came around a curve to see this:
It looked like a toy train going around the mountain. Luckily there was a scenic overlook right there so I got to capture the sun glinting off all those cars of containers.
Oh, I can’t forget to show you the giant Canada goose…
… and Sandy Beach where a group of seven artists used to paint.
And the wild blueberry farm we drove through, the berry plants already turning red in preparation for fall.
And of course I can’t forget to tell you about the pictographs in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
We figured a short walk down to the shore would be easy. We were wrong.
It was a very rocky, uneven trail. One way down went between these huge granite cliffs. It was sort of like walking down a natural stone staircase in a grand home.
Once we finally got down to the shore, covered in huge slabs of slippery granite, we found a few pictographs.
There were more, and some larger, further along the ledge, but we didn’t want to risk sliding into the cold lake, especially with no easy way of getting back out!
Then we started the long trek back to the car, following the other path which was strewn with boulders.
Maybe if the lake level is down this would be a fun thing to do again. Or not.
After that adventure we were ready to stop, but we kept driving until we got to Sault St. Marie, Onterio where we finally rested for our last night in Canada. We loved our trip around Lake Superior. Who knew that was a thing?
I’m sure I missed telling you about some of the sights, but that just means you’ll have to come on up and do it for yourself. I’m sure you’ll find even more delightful things on your adventure.
If nothing else, there will always be the waterfalls!
If I were you I’d put Ontario on your bucket list.