The drive north from Lake Michigan into Ontario Province was stunning and I'm looking for a bike touring pal to ride this peninsula next summer! Any takers?
I spent my first weekend in Sault Ste Marie to regroup (phone, laundry, money, food, etc.) before heading off for a 7-hour drive to Algonquin, Ontario's oldest Provincial Park. It was a long but scenic drive with views of the northern bay, and through a number of small towns where I was surprised to see Amish people in buggies dressed for Sunday service. Of note: the Canadians definitely drive slower than Americans do and this was quite pleasing as I watched for my next route or turn!
I arrived at the Wolf Den Retreat to a warm welcome, and headed down the road to Ragged Falls for a walk in the woods. My bunkhouse was set to sleep 8 but most of the week was spent with an Aussie roommate, Thea and a few days with a local gal, Topaze. Spacious quarters, cool night breezes, and deep sleep.
Algonquin Provincial Park, created in 1893, is over 7,600 square kilometers of forests, lakes and rivers. There is a vast interior (back country) that's accessible by foot or canoe but I stayed to the park's hiking trails which were enough of a challenge! Sadly, the only wildlife I saw were birds and turtles.
Of course, there were cycling days which is how I discovered the nearest town of Dwight and the most wonderful sandy beachfront lake. It was a lovely start to my summer in Canada.
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7/2/2016 07:02:04 pm
Love those gorgeous peaceful views in some of these photos! The signs are quite amusing as well :)
7/5/2016 08:52:05 am
Karen ... yes, the signs could be my amusement all summer long. I keep waiting for one that says 'get it!'. Enjoyed the 4th and update coming soon (now 4 locations behind!).
7/5/2016 09:04:40 pm
J - you write so well of adventure, confidence and courage. I really see a wonderful book of parks you have been too. You make friends at the drop of a hat . Stay safe keep doing the great things you are doing.
7/6/2016 07:38:53 pm
Ed ... so good to hear from you! I am immensely interested to hear of your trip. Are you posting photos/stories anywhere? I do not have Tel or TXT while in Canada but wifi most of the time if you want to email or send a link! Now in Ottawa -- 3 blog entries behind but I'll be writing in the next 24 hours!!! j.
8/13/2016 08:15:30 pm
Love the laundromat.
2/19/2017 10:18:07 am
>>The drive north from Lake Michigan into Ontario Province was stunning and I'm looking for a bike touring pal to ride this peninsula next summer! Any takers?<<
2/21/2017 12:01:53 pm
Mike! See you're really visiting the blog! There are SO many routes in the USA that I still want to bike but I think 2017 is the year of international travel! Will be in touch soon! Judy
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