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Old 10-29-2017, 01:15 PM   #1
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Ontario, North by North East

I imagine there are many many other Ontarians such as ourselves who have not explored the northern half of this province. Last summer, Sindee, Ranger and I headed north of Lake Superior to Thunder Bay. It was incredible. So this year we again headed north, but then eastward. We were traveling in our new 2017 Flagstaff 26RBWS and 2017 Ram Copperhead.

The weather was, really crappy at times, truth be told, but the rig performed flawlessly and the sites we found and experiences we had were amazing.

We've just posted a video of the trip here:

Some of the highlights of the trip include a side trip from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island in Michigan (note: the KOA in the Sault provides a dog care service!), stops at Lake Superior, Ivanhoe, Kettle Lakes, Marten River and Killbear Provincial Parks, and visits to the Cochrane Polar Bear Sanctuary and an Alpaca farm.

If visiting this part of the province is of interest, hopefully the video will provide some insights into what to expect.
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:29 PM   #2
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Amazing part of Canada.

We have traveled that area a number of times and support your "it is beautiful" message. We have also Looped down the south side of Superior in the states and there is lots to see and do there also. (US has many more campgrounds along the way) We also note that your Sheltie is enjoying your travels too. We have two of them and they have traveled with us for the past 11 years. Enjoyed your video. Stay safe, stay healthy and keep on travin!
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:23 PM   #3
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What a great montage of photos and video. Thanks for sharing. This has certainly wetted my appetite for a visit out east again next summer with a few different places to stop. I especially like the opportunity to visit the Polar Bear sanctuary near Cochrane, ON.
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Great to see Ontario Proud moments are. Thank you for sharing this video!
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Very nice, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:05 PM   #6
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Thanx

Super video, cute puppy as well. Looks like a great trip, would like to get more details etc.
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:18 PM   #7
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Great video. I lived in Fort William (now TBay), Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury as a young lad and we did much travelling and camping in that area. It really is a beautiful place to live and travel.

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Old 10-30-2017, 07:29 PM   #8
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Nice video, you did a great job of putting it all together. Sorry about all the rain but still looked like fun.
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Old 10-30-2017, 08:28 PM   #9
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Thanks very much everyone, Sin and I are glad you enjoyed the video. It's taken us many years to venture north and finally discover this part of Ontario and the amazing parks and quiet campgrounds hidden there.

To answer a couple of PMs received, the total kilometers traveled on this three week vacation was 3,651; 2,022 of those were towing. Lake Superior Provincial Park was our favourite with an excellent visitor's centre, incredible hiking, phenomenally picturesque beaches (with incredibly cold water and rugged (almost mountainous) terrain. Just one caveat, the closest stores and fuel are ~80kms away so come well provisioned.

In 2016 we also stopped at Lake Superior PP on our way to Sleeping Giant P.P and Thunder Bay (on the north west shore of Superior). Visiting places like Ouimet Canyon in that region made it hard to remember we were still in Ontario...fabulous. At that time we were in sob trailer but we did make a similar video chronicling our visits to Sleeping Giant and Pancake Bay Provincial Parks (and Lake Superior P.P. - but the pictures are sunnier , Ouimet and an above ground amethyst mine. If those parks or that trip is of interest, here's a link to that video too:https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=opCO5NHhueA
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Thanks for the great video!

We traveled up through there in 2010 (different truck, different trailer) during our trip from Ottawa to Vancouver Island and back again. We overnighted at Rabbit Blanket Lake in Lake Superior PP and spent two nights at the Niagara of The North, Kakabeka Falls PP. It is certainly a beautiful area.












It's funny - I've heard that during the drive across Canada, Ontario feels like forever. That really set in for me when we did it!

We would love to do a Great Lakes tour in future...
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I recognize not everyone wants to watch a 9 minute video, so I thought I'd post a few stills of each of the parks from this trip and some of the near-by 'attractions', for those considering visiting.

Our first stop heading north was Grundy Provincial Park. Ontario had been experiencing record rain and cool temps and it showed - our lake front site was flooded and unusable.




Grundy was just a stop over on our way to Sault Ste. Marie where we stayed in the only private camp ground on this trip - the Sault KOA.



This is the nicest private campground we've ever encountered and they offer an amazing service - they will care for your dog while you take a day trip - which we did to Mackinac Island in Michigan (about an hour's drive south of the border to the ferry docks). So with Ranger in good hands we headed south of the border to Mackinac. It was like stepping back in time. Beautiful, and well worth the trip.








Just a quick note to Canadians considering this side trip to Mackinac - pack your passports!
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From the Sault we headed north to Lake Superior Provincial Park, Agawa Bay Campground.







This is a huge and incredible park with ancient pictographs, a huge beach and water falls to hike.









The weather on Canada Day (July 1) was 10 degrees with a constant drizzle, but the hike along the Sand River was heartwarming.




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Next stop was Ivanhoe Provincial Park, The waterfront site was beautiful - unlike the hiking which was far less picturesque here.




But Ivanhoe did provide one of the few nice sunsets of this trip....




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Kettle Lakes Provincial Park east of Timmins was our next stop.




While based at Kettle Lakes we visited Cochrane and its Polar Bear Sanctuary, and Dream Acres Alpaca Farm. The polar bears were fantastic and we got to spend 20 minutes alone with one of the bear keepers - amazing.













At Dream Acres a sign directed us to call the farm owner's cell number as he was working in the pens and fields. Less than two minutes later he arrived and gave us a private tour of the farm and a history lesson on Alpacas.








He then opened the small store they have on site stocked with mittens, socks, sweaters etc made from the fleece of their Alpacas.

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Next stop, Marten River Provincial Park between Temagami and North Bay.







Marten River is a nice park but the highlight for us was its logging museum. It was a quiet day so the park staffperson working took it upon herself to give us a private tour and history lesson.






North Bay itself is a very nice town with a beautiful waterfront on Lake Nippissing.
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From Marten River we headed south to Killbear Provincial Park.



Our site had us flumoxed and we looked like the rookies we are, trying to get the trailer placed where we wanted it. But once accomplished, the hiking trails, beaches (there's even a beautiful dog beach), wildlife (including the elusive Massassauga rattler snake) and near-by fresh fish dining at Gilly's awaited.














And while the rains followed us to Killbear, the sun also made a few appearances making for a great end to our trip...made even better when our kids joined us for the last two days.



Despite the exceptionally soggy weather at times, and the much cooler than normal temps, this was a fantastic camping trip to NE Ontario. Our Ram Copperhead and Flagstaff trailer performed very well. We hadn't traveled to many of these locales before but certainly look forward to returning.
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