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Oh Canada!

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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…

Kakabeka Falls, near Thunder Bay

…but I really enjoyed trying to capture some of the smaller details, like these shelves of rock with water pouring over.

Water cascading.

Some people enjoy seeing the water smoothed, other people like seeing the droplets.

Another view of cascading water.

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.

Looking out over Thunder Bay. Forever young.

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.

Wondering if the sun will wake the gentle sleeping giant.

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.

The giant sleeps on.

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.

Notice the porch pillar is a tree sitting on a rock.

With lots of beautiful art inside.

Wood carvings inside.

And then you could take the shuttle or walk through a beautiful woods to get to the fort.

A beautiful walk, though we took the bus back to our car after our long tour of the fort.

Once there we were taken on a guided tour.

Trading modern goods for valuable furs.

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.

The dining room. Depending on your rank you got to sit in different areas of the room.

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.

Canoe maintenance building.

Lots of interesting places to explore, all labeled in three languages, English, French and the Native American language of the Ojibwa.

Three ways to say the same thing.

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.

Explaining how the stones grown in fissures in granite.

This family has owned the land for several decades and gives short tours to explain how amethyst grows. It was pretty.

Pretty in purple.

But I was just as attracted to the old trucks parked on the land.

These guys have paid their dues.

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.

Miles of beach, endless water and sky.

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, the bright colors of the train against the green of the mountain and the brilliant blue of Lake Superior.

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…

Located at an information center. Make sure you stop in when you go by.

… and Sandy Beach where a group of seven artists used to paint.

A lovely spot to paint.

And the wild blueberry farm we drove through, the berry plants already turning red in preparation for fall.

The colors were gorgeous.

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.

400 meters. A piece of cake. Unfortunately no one told us we’d start looking like the dog and return looking like the pictograph.

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.

Going down.

Once we finally got down to the shore, covered in huge slabs of slippery granite, we found a few pictographs.

Ancient images.

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!

Not going any further than this!

Then we started the long trek back to the car, following the other path which was strewn with boulders.

It was a long, difficult climb back up to the car.

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!

September is the perfect time to explore Ontario!

If I were you I’d put Ontario on your bucket list.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “Oh Canada!

  1. Terry Fox was my child idol! And the group of Seven will forever hold my heart. It was like I was home, thanks for the post.

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  2. Thank you for the tour. I loved the droplets! Sleeping giant? Oh, I was looking in the clouds. Now I see him!

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  3. I’ve never been to Thunder Bay or seen Lake Superior. You do make it look worth the long drive.

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  4. Great pics Dawn! Loved joining you on your trip. I especially liked the detail shot of the waterfall with the smooth water.

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  5. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful sights of places I may never see. In the west there is enough to keep us busy. But I would love to explore your neck of the woods.

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  6. Hi, Dawn – Your photos are absolutely stunning! I am glad that Canada treated you well! LD

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  7. Somewhere in my photo files there’s a picture of me standing exactly where your husband stands between the two granite walls. That was about a decade ago. I decided NOT to go further to see the pictographs when I learned that it would be slippery and even more treacherous.

    Glad you had a great trip and ventured further than I did!

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  8. Dawn, I LOVE this! Love seeing the parts of the northern Lake Superior shoreline I’ve never traveled, esp. the waterfalls, that old canoe maintenance building, as well as revisiting places I’ve seen and loved — the goose at Wawa, the rock walls and pictographs in Lake Superior Provincial Park!!!!!!!

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  9. What a fun trip! I enjoyed seeing all your photos. We tried this once and became weary at Thunder Bay so we stayed there a few days and came back down the shore. On the other side we covered it all just missing Thunder Bay to Sault St Marie I would like to do that part someday!

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    • There’s not a lot on that part, between Thunder Bay and Sault St Marie…a lot of beautiful lake and trees but not a lot of attractions. Still, it was worth the drive, but I know what you mean about becoming weary!

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  10. Wow! Ok, Ontario is on my bucket list!
    Oh, I like the waterfall photo with the drops, seems to show more of the energy, to me anyway. 🙂
    Really gorgeous photos!

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  11. Such a beautiful place, with so many interesting things to see and do! Thank you for giving us the highlights, Dawn. I’d have been leery about going on that ledge, too, but I’d have been delighted to visit the amethyst mine … and to see those waterfalls! Looks like you chose a perfect time of the year to visit.

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    • The amethyst mine was interesting. You could go out in the ‘field’ and pick up some for yourself. I think the field was where they dropped the tailings…those parts of the rock that weren’t worth processing further. You could also buy some bigger rocks with amethyst in them, to put in your garden. And inside the gift shop were some highly finished jewelry and other gifts.

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