In this second article on the road trip I recently took from Thunder Bay Ontario to Winnipeg Manitoba, I wanted to share the photos from the last section inland and west of Lake Superior (first article is here).
Near Thunder Bay is Trowbridge Falls, an interesting series of short cascades down layers of sedimentary rock. At first light I walked the short distance from the campsite to the falls to capture the rising sun.
The region northwest of Thunder Bay is full of lakes from small pond size to massive lakes containing hundreds of bays. One of the first large lakes we saw is Rainy Lake near Fort Francis, covering 930 km2. On a blustery afternoon we captured these trees clinging to a small rocky island.
With all of those lakes and having limited access, float plane charter businesses are plentiful. These offer fly in services to remote lodges for fishing and hunting. At Nester Falls, we visited two companies located on Kakabikitchiwan Lake.
Lake of the Woods is another massive lake covering some 4,300 km2. While most of the lake is accessible only by boat, Sioux Narrows offers vehicle access on the east central portion of the lake. We spent a day camping and exploring at Sioux Narrows Provincial Park, arriving first in a thunder and lighting storm and then with clearing conditions. I was very pleased with the photographic compositions at this park.
Storm clouds over the lake.
With the overcast conditions at the start of the visit here, I captured these interesting rocks.
The fall colours were just starting and with the overcast conditions and recent rain, the colours were vibrant.
Starting just before sunset, we spent time walking the shoreline and photographing the evening light changing to sunset, reflecting on the lake.
The sun has just slid below the distant low hills.
We visited Kenora, one of the larger towns in this southwestern section of Ontario. Kenora, population 15,ooo, was created in 1905 with the merging of three towns; Rat Portage, Keewatin and Norman. The name is taken from those three town names. I definitely think that Kenora is a much better and more attractive sounding name than Rat Portage!
The CP Rail station that is still used by CP Rail, though now an operations centre.
A view of the older buildings in the downtown.
The harbour area along the shore of Lake of the Woods.
Departing Kenora, it was a short drive to the Manitoba border along the Trans Canada highway. Just after entering Manitoba, we left Highway 1 and headed north along a rural highway (44 and 307). This area has numerous small lakes set in rolling terrain, one of which is Jessica Lake. I really liked the big sky view with the clouds rolling across the landscape.
Another lake along this route was Nutimik Lake, which on the labour day weekend was very busy! I managed to compose an interesting shot of the lake, rocky island, and clouds between the swimmers, jet boaters, and power boats!
Soon after we headed west towards Winnipeg and entered the prairie landscape.
Nearing our campsite at Birds Hill Provincial Park I spotted this grain elevator in Tyndall and we stopped for some photographs.
The final morning of the trip was spent photographing the forests and lakes around the Birds Hill Provincial Park, located a short distance eastward of Winnipeg.