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Highway Journey from Toronto to Winnipeg through Northern Ontario


Batchawana Bay close to the Lake Superior Provincial Park Agawa Campground

That is my first put up in a sequence that can cowl my highway journey west from Toronto, throughout Canada to Vancouver Island and returning east by the northern United States, again residence. At this time I am going to cowl the highway journey from Toronto to Winnipeg, specializing in the north shore of Lake Superior.

To begin, I’ve to disclose that on this journey I’m not solo. Regardless of being married, I journey the vast majority of the time solo, however this can be a journey with a function.

Simon, my husband and the man that finds us all of the excursions and cruises that deal with solo vacationers effectively, had a ebook of poetry printed earlier this 12 months. This journey includes journey, exploration, and some studying gigs for Simon. The ebook known as Introduced Down. In case you are a part of an energetic poetry group on our route that may need a studying, please get in contact.

Now, on to my reporting concerning the Northern Ontario leg of our central to western Canada highway journey.

We're driving a Rialta RV on our road trip from Toronto to Winnipeg
We’re driving a 2005 Rialta.

Studying the Ropes in a New-to-Me RV

From Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie is simply over 7 hours driving time in line with Google Maps. As we had been discovering our legs with the brand new automobile, it took a pair extra hours. Sure, it was a protracted day.

We’re driving a 2005, VW Rialta RV. It is 21 ft lengthy and is on mortgage to us for our 2-month journey. That makes us very fortunate!

Not surprisingly, it doesn’t drive like a automobile. It is wider, longer, and pulling quite a lot of weight. The pickup is lower than a automobile and the turning radius is wider. Now that I am used to it, it is not an issue in any respect. However, in the beginning, we went slowly. Driving 80-90 km per hour does not get you anyplace quick. But it surely does get you there.

We now cruise at 90-95 km per hour and that is comfy. I’ve had studying to do relating to hills and the Rialta group on Fb has been an enormous assist. As we strategy the Rockies, individuals within the group have advisable driving methods and two units that can assist us over the mountains whereas treating the automobile effectively.

Past driving, the unit is superb. I can extremely suggest it for utilizing house effectively. It is excellent for one or two individuals.

Now, let’s speak concerning the journey.

Beaver dams on St. Marys River
Are you able to see the 2 beaver dams that cross this portion of the St. Marys River? Slightly below the bridge on which I used to be standing there was one other. The bridge within the background is the worldwide bridge working between america and Canada.

Highlights of the First Leg of the Highway Journey from Toronto to Winnipeg

Provided that the automobile was new to us, that we wanted to get accustomed to residing in a smaller house collectively, and that we each are working in addition to touring, I scheduled 4 nights at our first cease in Sault Ste. Marie. My considering was that it could give us time to settle in, and it did.

My first query to be answered was, what’s a sault? A sault refers to rapids. (A sequence of somersaults look considerably like rapids.)

St. Marys River runs between Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada and Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, USA. It’s the connecting water between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The lock on the Canadian facet is for leisure craft. On the US facet, the river is of course deeper and there are canals and locks for freight ships which are utilized by each international locations. Previous to all this, there have been rapids and the Sault was a gathering place for indigenous individuals and merchants from centuries previous.

I visited Whitefish Island on my road trip from Toronto to Winnipeg
Nature within the metropolis of Sault Ste. Marie. Whitefish Island.

You may stroll throughout the lock on the Canadian facet to South St. Mary’s Island after which to Whitefish Island. Whitefish Island was an essential Aboriginal settlement, buying and selling put up, and fishing base. It’s the land of the Batchewana First Nation and is used for a lot of Indigenous ceremonies in addition to for mountain climbing, biking, fishing, kayaking, and jogging. It is a bird-lover’s paradise.

Art Gallery of Algoma
The Artwork Gallery of Algoma is a small regional gallery with a big assortment.

Whereas Simon was being interviewed on the metropolis’s library, I explored the city beginning on the Artwork Gallery of Algoma. The younger lady there gave me a way of the thriving artwork scene within the Sault. I walked the waterfront and spoke to an older lady who remembered when there have been rapids quite than the calm waters managed by the locks. Then, I went for a espresso the place I actually skilled the fun of my work.

It has been so lengthy since I’ve traveled and we’ve been working so laborious on the weblog with the brand new excursions and journeys pages and the brand new Insiders program, that I had forgotten simply how a lot I really like my precise work: touring and writing about it.

Mane St. Co is a gem discovered on our road trip from Toronto to Winnipeg
This place on Queen Road is a gem. Learn extra about downtown Sault Ste. Marie under.

At Mane St. Co. I had a espresso in addition to a tour of the store and a historical past lesson on Sault Ste Marie. Along with being a espresso store and bar, there’s a hair studio within the again, a health middle, a spa for massages and different remedies, and a spinning room downstairs. They’ve reside music on Fridays and Latin dancing on Thursdays. It is a taking place place to say the least and all of it’s out there to vacationers.

Justin gave me the tour which included a view into the tunnels of the Sault within the basement. Whereas the romantic story of the tunnels is that they had been used for bootlegging throughout prohibition, the extra seemingly use was for safety throughout World Conflict II. The locks on the Sault join the west to the east for meals and metal transportation making it a strategic location that may very well be in danger in wartime.

Listed here are my ideas for spending two days on this space.

Day 1, benefit from the highlights of Sault Ste. Marie:

Day 2, get out into nature.

The Agawa Canyon Prepare experience begins in Sault Ste. Marie. I took it quite a lot of years in the past and it’s fairly spectacular. Tickets to benefit from the fall colours are in excessive demand.

Highway Journey Sault Ste. Marie to Winnipeg

After Sault Ste. Marie, we drove for 3 days. Not three full days as we discovered our lesson on day one, however three half days in order that we might discover and chill out a bit every day. Sadly, this eradicated the day to spend in Thunder Bay, which is on the opposite facet of Lake Superior from the Sault. It’s the largest metropolis on the Canadian facet of Lake Superior.

For many who need to circumnavigate the lake, try the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

This is the northern Ontario a part of our highway journey from Toronto to Winnipeg.

Sault Ste Marie to Wawa, Ontario

There are a lot of lovely locations to drag over on this route, beginning with Chippewa Falls and ending with the Massive Goose in Wawa.

Chippewa Falls
We encountered beautiful empty beaches on our road trip from Toronto to Winnipeg
Lovely, empty seashores alongside the best way.
The famous Wawa Goose
The well-known Wawa Goose

Wawa to Thunder Bay

For a lot of, that is essentially the most lovely stretch of the freeway alongside the north shore of Lake Superior. Actually, there have been many lovely vistas displaying up across the bends within the highway.

On our road trip from Toronto to Winnipeg, we made frequent stops to enjoy the view
Close to Marathon, Ontario
view of lake on road trip from Toronto to Winnipeg
Spectacular vistas on the drive between Wawa and Thunder Bay.
View near Marathon, Ontario
One other close to Marathon, Ontario

Thunder Bay to Winnipeg

That is the stretch of this journey that’s extra of an endurance check than a pleasure. It has its moments however, typically, the view is of bushes and extra bushes, with the occasional small city, for about 7 hours. It’s the a part of going over Lake Superior that I am not eager on however it’s an inevitable a part of the highway journey from Toronto to Winnipeg.

It's been a very wet spring and it showed with the occasional flooded out road on our road trip from Toronto to Winnipeg
There was one place the place the highway was flooded, nevertheless, we made it throughout simply tremendous.

For extra Canadian highway journeys, try these posts:

Arising subsequent week: the Canadian prairies.

Final up to date: twenty third Could, 2022

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