ON to MB Road Trip – Lake Superior Section

CK Wright Photo Trips

This is a two part article on the road trip I recently took from Thunder Bay Ontario to Winnipeg Manitoba. I have never visited Ontario so it was a good opportunity to explore the southwest section as I joined a friend for 10 days as he traveled back to BC in his RV. In this first article I wanted to share the photos from the first section along Lake Superior.

The first area we visited was the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, which preserves one of the many canals used to navigate from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. This lock allows navigation from Lake Superior to Lake Huron as this tourist boat is doing. It was built in 1895 and then re-constructed for recreational vessels in 1998.

The Administration building, completed in 1896, sits along the lock on the northern side.

After leaving Sault Ste.Marie, we had our first stop at the shores of Lake Superior in Batchawana Bay. I was eager to capture some of the shoreline and the red pine trees that in my mind are the classic elements of the great lakes.

The weather at this early stage of the trip was a mixture of cloud, sun, and even some rain. These storm clouds over Lake Superior are a reminder of the power of the great lake.

Another classic element are the rocks as part of the Canadian shield, and in Alona Bay I had a good opportunity to capture this impressive rock.

There were additional opportunities at Agawa Bay to capture the distinct rock and with overcast conditions, the lighting was perfect.

At Pukaskwa National Park in the early morning light I was pleased to capture a view of Lake Superior with the classic lake elements; rock, water, and wind swept trees in these next two photos.

Horseshoe Bay.

Nearing Thunder Bay, we spent a full day at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and walked along the Lake Superior shoreline to Middlebrun Bay and Finlay Bay.

Middlebrun Bay with the fine sand beach.

I was pleased to see this composition of red bedrock and pebbles at Finlay Bay.

The trail offered several opportunities to capture the mushrooms and vibrant green vegetation.

On the morning we left Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, we stopped off at several locations in the park, first off at Perry Bay, then Sibley Bay and the community of Silver Islet, and then the Thunder Bay lookout.

Perry Bay in the early morning light.

The Sea Lion, which is a diabase dyke where molten rock was pushed up through the sedimentary rock. Over time, the softer sedimentary rock eroded away leaving the igneous rock.

Boats in Sibley Bay at Silver Islet.

Thunder Bay lookout, looking westward towards Thunder Bay.

View looking northward from the viewing platform.

View looking westward from the viewing platform.

At Thunder Bay, the last stop along the Lake Superior section of this trip, we spent an afternoon exploring the waterfront. This 1905 CP rail station pays tribute to the importance of Thunder Bay as a shipping centre for wheat (detail in the second photo showing wheat sheaves).

After dinner, we took a drive through the industrial area and I captured this massive concrete grain elevator building.

I’ll post the next article showing the inland sections of southwest Ontario soon.

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