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Photo Post: Kenora, ON

Chele and I had such a nice time in Erin’s hometown, so we took an extended lunch break there. Here are some snaps.

Kenora is on the north shore of Lake of the Woods, a large lake that is shared by both Canada and the U.S. I’ve always been kind of fascinated by it, true story.

City Hall in picturesque downtown Kenora

A pretty downtown pharmacy

Fly Kenora’s friendly skies!

Waterfront downtown


July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Bay of Thunder

This past Sunday was a lot of driving. We crossed back into familiar territory, and the green roof at the Ontario tourist information center welcomed us warmly (as did the employees there) when we left Manitoba and entered province #5.

Our first stop was Kenora, hometown of our dear friend Erin (my host in Calgary). She’s always spoken highly of her town, and both Chele and I found it to be quite a charming place! We loved the pierogies at lunch and the walk through downtown and along the waterfront. I was dorkily excited to see Lake of the Woods, where the United States’ northernmost point in the Lower 48 is located. We didn’t actually see that point, of course, but Lake of the Woods was a lovely view.

The drive along Highway 17 (part of the Trans-Canada Highway system) was so pleasant and the weather was good, too. We saw more lakes than I could count and I had to resist the urge to pull over and photograph every one. We never would have made it to Thunder Bay if I’d done that.

Of course, in Thunder Bay, we saw the best lake of all: Superior. It really does live up to the name. It had been two years since I’d seen it last and it was just as incredible as I remembered it. Its vastness makes you think you’re looking out at the ocean, but it’s so much more vivid of a blue than the ocean. Our drive to the hostel in Thunder Bay took us past a hilltop park, so we spent a few minutes there, taking photos of the lake and we also saw the Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay’s famous rock formation just outside of town. I still don’t think it looks much like a giant, sleeping or otherwise, but it’s part of the folklore.

We didn’t see much of Thunder Bay that night, since we took more than 10 hours to get to there with all of our (mostly my) stops, However, we did take time to explore the area around Bay & Algoma the next morning. And by “explore,” I mostly mean that we feasted on fabulous Finnish-style pancakes at the Hoito, the restaurant located underneath the Finlandia Club. The Hoito has been in business since 1918, when it began providing affordable meals for Finnish labourers in the city. It’s still a bargain—three pancakes, two eggs, and a coffee cost me less than $7. I’ll take one of those in every city on my trip, please.

June 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment


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