Today we got to sleep in a bit, had breakfast in the hotel around 9am and then loaded up the car.
Before we leave Thunder Bay we will visit the Terry Fox Memorial. This marks the spot where Terry had to stop his marathon run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
There is a visitor centre on the site. The site also overlooks Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant Island.
An interesting find at the memorial was this Luna Moth. It is rare to see one because they only live for 7 days and you just need to be in the right place at the right time to find one.
Ontario Highway 102 led us out of Thunder Bay and headed us towards our afternoon destination of Kenora Ontario. We will cover a distance of 500 KM today.
When we get to Kenora this afternoon, we will have driven for 3 days and 1800 KM and we still won’t be out of Ontario yet. 1800 KM’s converts to 1120 miles for those of you who understand miles better than kilometers. Ontario is a BIG Province.
Once again we are seeing Moose Crossing signs every few KM.
Hwy 102 came to an end and we turned onto the Trans Canada Highway 17 West. We have left the shores of Lake Superior behind us and and now we are deep into the wilderness of Ontario.
West of Thunder Bay we entered the Central Standard Time Zone. This location is marked with a pull off and signage.
So we set our clocks back an hour and continued on to the town of Ignace where we stopped for lunch at Robin’s Burger Scoop. We enjoyed a light lunch and some ice cream for dessert.
While we were enjoying our lunch, the Trans Canada Highway was closed in both directions at each end of town so that the citizens of Ignace could participate in the Canada Day Parade. The parade consisted of a couple of fire trucks, an ambulance, some horses and a hound dog handing out candy.
After leaving Ignace and continuing Westward, we pass by many picture perfect small lakes.
We saw a roadside attraction near Minnitaki Ontario.. The Sheep Statue.
Near Vermillion Bay Ontario we saw the Hitchhiking Bigfoot.
We stopped for gas in Vermilion Bay and at the gas station was this Inuksuk.
Many more rock cuts and beautiful lakes as we drove onwards towards Kenora.
Just on the outskirts of Kenora is another roadside attraction. This one is the Volkswagen Spider created with the actual car body of a VW.
Our hotel this evening is a rather unique building.
Our room is on the 7th floor and overlooks the Kenora waterfront.
This is the view from our room.
For dinner we went upstairs to the 8th floor restaurant. There was lots to look at while we enjoyed our dinner looking out over The Lake of the Woods.
After dinner we came back to our room to watch the sunset and to work on naming the photos and editing the blog.
The grand finale of the evening was the Canada Day fireworks celebration right out on the lake in front of our room. There were hundreds of boats anchored to watch the event.
All in all it was a wonderful Canada Day for us, starting by visiting a memorial for a true Canadian Icon, Terry Fox, then driving through a very scenic part of Canada, and ending with a spectacular Canada Day fireworks display right outside our window.
Tomorrow we can once again sleep in, we will leave Kenora and head further West, crossing the border out of Ontario and into Manitoba.