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Well the pressure has been lifted! Ontario does not need any help to make itself interesting in a blog post. After struggling with Saskatchewan and Manitoba, we are back in a land of infinite beauty. This post covers 1,200 Kilometers of Highway #17, from the Manitoba / Ontario border to Sault Ste. Marie. This stretch of Highway take you over the mighty Inland Ocean: of Lake Superior. We drove beside Lake Superior for hours and hours, We had to keep reminding each other this is a lake. Aya even tasted the water, to confirm it was in fact fresh water.

Well on with the show, this is what we saw:

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We drove thru Kenora and the surrounding region looking at hundreds of beautiful lakes, around each corner is a new lake. We did not meet Lake Superior until Thunder Bay, but the small ones kept us entertained. We saw a Fox and a Moose in this region, and a black bear later on. Awhile Later, the need for food forced us to pull over. We don’t eat out that often, and if we do, we try and find a one of a kind, locally owned Restaurant. Chain restaurants can be found anywhere. Buster’s Barbeque can only be found in Vermilion Bay, Ontario. We were already planning on stopping here, but the fact it was featured on the Food Networks “you gotta eat here” made it that much more appealing.

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In small print it says “Home of Award Winning Blueberry BBQ Sauce!”

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Wild Rice and Mushroom soup

Naturally I ordered the ribs.

You can’t go to a BBQ joint and not order ribs, As Aya had already decided on Soup, that left me with little choice.

After our Meat feast, it was off to Thunder Bay. We checked out a few things in T-Bay, the most important being to honour an amazing Canadian: Terry Fox.

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Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope ended about 10 minutes from this location.

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(You can click on this photo to make it bigger to read)

The view of Lake Superior from the Terry Fox Memorial

The view of Lake Superior from the Terry Fox Memorial (note the freighter’s- on a lake)

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Terry’s actions speak for themselves: A true Hero.

Next, just outside of Thunder Bay. We heard of a cheese farm making amazing…. cheese.

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Thunder Oak Cheese Farm

This is a Gouda only cheese shop.

This is a Gouda only cheese shop.

Tastings!!

Tastings!!

lets skip all of the formalities, if you have fresh Curds, we will take them!

lets skip all of the formalities, if you have fresh Curds, we will take them!

It seems for the next 7 hours of so, we drove beside Lake Superior.

Beautiful views were around every corner

Beautiful views were around every corner

 

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Wide open Lake!

We checked it out, but really

We checked it out, but really not much to see here. Campground was nice. And if we had the time, equipment or the desire to go on a 7 hour hike, we could have seen more. But we did have a nice look at the sign.

There is not much on Hwy 17 in terms of services, or dollars to support the small towns. Each town tries to convince people to stop in their little town. Terrance Bay convinced us to check out the Beach.  The 40 percent markup on diesel reinforces the remoteness of this area. (Ouch, $1.38 per litre)

 

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The next town that convinced us to stop was White River. Who knew this is where the World famous Winnie the Pooh was from.

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りー!プーさんはここWhite River出身なんだってよ~!!

Next Stop: The intrigue of a giant Goose atop a hill: Wawa, Ontario. It turns out this town has a rather large fondness of Geese

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Large Goose #1

Large Goose #2

Large Goose #2

and somewhat smaller Large Goose #3

and somewhat smaller Large Goose #3

It worked! These Geese got us off the Highway and into Wawa, so that we could experience Young’s General Store.

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A very cool store!

A very cool store!

but this about sums it up.

but this about sums it up.

Ok, I looked at one T-Shirt.

Ok, I looked at one T-Shirt.

What is this? Ground hog? Wood Chuck?

What is this? Ground hog? Wood Chuck?

How much Wood could a Wood Chuck………….   okay nevermind.

 

Hwy 17 meanders thru Lake Superior Provincial Park, and a few pullouts peaked our interest.

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At some point the water reaches the horizon, and the sky takes over.

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We met a couple from England while walking on this very piece of rock. After telling them our travel plans they asked: “how are you going to make your fortunes in life” We replied we are working on our fortune right now, no amount of money can purchase these memories.

A Large piece of ice floating in the lake.

A Large piece of ice floating in the lake.

I am so Strong, that was a heavy, cold piece of frozen water, and I lifted it clear out of the water.

I am so Strong, that was a heavy, cold piece of frozen water, and I lifted it clear out of the water.

And I conquered this frozen mountain..... all in one day

And I conquered this frozen mountain….. all in one day

Made in Ontario Ice

Made in Ontario Ice

And further yet down the highway, still beside the Mighty Superior, we posed for this photo. Check out all the ice on the lake!

Apparently the ice starting to break up only about a week ago. Brrrr!

Apparently the ice started to break up only about a week ago. Brrrr!

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Next we got tricked into a tourist trap! But Liquor and Camper’s store on the same sign? ahhh Hello, that’s us to a T.

They also had some carvings, etc.

They also had some carvings, etc.

And the most accurate Weather Station we have ever seen!  Works 100% of the time, 100% of the time.

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It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. -Ernest Hemingway

 

I think we did alright Ernest.