Neys - WaWa, Ontario, Canada
Even when you've taken every precaution to make sure your border crossing will be flawless, it's still nerve-raking! Just like in the Jeep, our crossing into Canada in the motorhome goes smoothly. Still, I breathe more easily once we're done.
Minnesota's Hwy 61 becomes Ontario's Hwy 17. MPH become KM/H. Road signs are different, but clear. Our GPS immediately knows we're in Canada and makes "following the rules" easy. The road is a pleasure to drive at 90 KM/H (just over 55 MPH) with more than enough passing lanes, but only one rest stop.
Our 200 mile drive is very pretty. Some of it we drove the day before in the Jeep, all of it is trees and glimpses of water on both sides.
The entrance road into Neys Provincial Park is horrible - narrow, winding, potholes - it's a mess. We're in Area 2 (Area 1 is pull-throughs for larger rigs) that should have a warning for RVs but doesn't. While a long trailer would be fine, our taller RV hits numerous overhead branches on top and on the sides. Backing into #79 I have to "snug up" to a pine to get turned tight enough. Once straight, we do have plenty of room lengthwise, but if we didn't have a pair of lopers on board we wouldn't have been able to put out all the slides.
We get "almost" level and plug in to 30 amp. No water or sewer hookups.
After all that we're amazed when our satellite connects quickly!!
I didn't set up temporary WiFi or cell for our few days in Canada so we're cut off while at this park. It's a very weird feeling.
Tuesday we head into the little (very) town of Marathon, Ontario, in search of Internet so I can download a couple books. The cute little Happy Cafe serves a decent breakfast, and let's us use their WiFi. We're able to check email and messages, but no love on the books :-(
We drive around a bit and then drive all the way back to Terrace Bay looking for a grocery store. They have a small one but they can't take credit cards today so we'll make due with what we have.
Fortunately we find water access and walk along the pretty beach for a bit before returning home.
|I was interested to see signs in Marathon for a curling club. Sadly, just the paint was curling at this closed building.|
|Our only wildlife in Canada - this mama and baby. Grouse? Guinea Fowl? Ruffed Grouse - thanks Diana B!|
|Following signs to the site of a historic trading post takes us here. I forgot the lesson about "ruins vs site".|
|Lots of Fire Weed. Here it dresses up an abandoned house.|
|Yep, has to be a foreign country.|
|Tiny falls at Terrace Bay.|
|In certain places you really have to remind yourself it's a lake.|
|Has to be the most uniform surf I've ever seen!|
|A gaggle of locals has made it home.|
Given our activities of the previous day it's not surprising that we wake to rain. It stays with us all the way to our next stop on Hwy 17 - WaWa, Ontario. The rain is only heavy in a few places, and with few other vehicles on the road, it's a nice 130 mile drive to WaWa RV Resort.
After our last stop, the handful of potholes on the entrance road are no big deal. The interior roads are in great shape. Dirt and grass level site with water and 30 amp, and the owner makes sure we have open sky for satellite. The park fills up each night, but by noon they've all moved on. Best of all, the park WiFi is consistently fast!
|Nice trees without being "all" trees.|
|Rain on Lake WaWa|
|When in Canada.....|
|Overlooking Hwy 17 is what TripAdvisor lists as the number one thing to do in WaWa. More than just a recognizable Canada Goose, this site marks the location of the completion of the TransCanada Highway in September, 1960.|
|For the isolated citizens of WaWa, the highway marked a major change in their life style.|
|The visitors' center combines education and whimsy.|
|Perfect mid-day temps.|
|I imagine someone keeping busy in the garage during rough winters.|
|There's so much water here.|
A road to the Michipicoten (mitchee-cotton) First Nation looks promising, and turns out to be our favorite place in our short Canada visit.
|Falls along a creek running into Lake Superior.|
|One thing that makes Superior such a gorgeous body of water are all the small rock islands just off shore.|
|Lots of wildflowers along the road, this is a new one for me. Bladder Campion - more thanks to Diana B!|
On our way back we stop for a pick-up to turn in front of us. The woman in the passenger side sticks her head out and asks if we've "ever been here before?". When we tell her we haven't, she suggests we follow them down closer to the water. Well alrighty!!
The family is from Sault St. Marie, Ontario, and come up to visit this area to dig for artifacts. The history they share with us includes photos on her phone that show the cabins and working mine. They foster four special needs kids who are with them. Two are not ambulatory, and they have fostered the oldest for fourteen years. These are really amazing people, and we enjoy our short time together.
|"Off-road" in Canada.|
|These deteriorating pylons once held the tracks for the mine cars that loaded onto ships.|
|Fire Weed where the mining company housing once stood.|
|The same area in 1943.|
|The other side of the bay on First Nation land.|
|Fluffy lake pup.|
|We wondered if you (not us) could walk to the island.|
|The kids answered the question. They were screaming but none of them quit in the very cold water.|
|How fun to have an island to play on!|
|A still life of blossoms, berries and boulders.|
|Silver Falls - below the upper.|
|Above the lower.|
|Always good to know where you are.|
Sunday we'll complete Hwy 17 and cross back into the US to our 33rd state - Michigan! Looking forward to catching up with good friends and slowing down for a bit.