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Old 02-16-2016, 10:26 PM   #21
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Killarney and Algonquin PP's are both within an easy drive of Toronto so although nice are busy. Once you get past North Bay or Sudbury the real camping begins. Chutes, Neys and Kakabecka Falls are all awesome. Ontario is big. Really big. Lots of driving to get around the lake. Have fun and enjoy!
Thanks! Maybe we'll keep it to one day until we get further north. Good point and thanks for the leads on the other parks. Ontario has so many!
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Consider Neys PP. Great place with interesting walkable lake shoreline. Was a German POW camp during WWII. Your itinerary sounds good. It'll be a great trip.
Thank you! I am looking at that now.
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Old 02-16-2016, 10:27 PM   #23
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Have you considered taking the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island?
Thanks - I am looking into that now!
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You may also want to look at Grundy Lake Provincial Park. Located about an hour North of Parry Sound just off highway 400. They have some electric only sites (water and sewer dump station on way in). Scenic hiking trails. Beautiful lakes that are restricted to non motorized boats.

If you do go to Killarney, make a trip into town to try Herbert's Fish and Chips located on the waterfront. THey use fresh caught fish.

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To avoid travel from Stratford north on a Friday or Saturday. The northbound 400/69 is not for the faint of heart. Make a reservation for Killarney. It is beautiful and popular. It is an hour in off the highway. Grundy is a good option. Stratford is worth exploring. Plan on bugs in the north. Enjoy.
Thanks for the tips. We know about the skeeters as we have them in N. Minnesota, though we know they get even hungrier further north!

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"... we're planning out a trip for June and will head across the US first to Stratford...." -- please do take your time in and around Stratford! has been a number of years since I was there, but back in the day, which might still be the same, most of a day could be softly passed along the river front, letting the mind wander with the swans, watching lawn bowling matches, just coming down from being on the road -- and then, from about april into october, mozy thru the streets of town, take in a stage matinee, then a light dinner and another theatre to cap the day -- too much to enjoy to stuff it all into a day or so -- Enjoy!!
Thank you - we do plan to spend 2-3 days at the Shakespeare Festival doing just as you say!
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Old 02-16-2016, 10:44 PM   #25
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Don't forget Quetico Provincial Park, 100 miles west of Thunder Bay on Hwy 11. Canoeing paradice, two mile canoe trip to the Pines, Pickeral Lake for a beautiful sand beach. There is also a hiking trail there. This is a park that allows no motors, no live bait.
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Ah yes, but alas that will be another trip. Once we get to Thunder Bay we will be heading south and home. We love the Boundary Waters (not RV turf but there are a few small places very close by) and have long wanted to get to Q'uetico!

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We live in the Sault and I am familiar with your route. I have done it a few times and it is very scenic. Lake Superior Provincial Park is nice. I suggest stopping at Chippewa Falls on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 17 North) out of the Sault. It is pretty and there is adequate parking, a picnic spot and rest rooms. This is the half-way point on the Trans-Canada between Atlantic Canada and Vancouver. I like the commercial campground in Wawa also. It is right on a river and I have caught some nice Jackfish there at times.
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Killarney is amazing ... Definitely a must see ... And the suggestion of the Chichimaun from tobermory to Manitoulin island to espanola ... Can't go wrong there either ... I am from Ontario and have done the northern Ontario route many times ... Really not that much to see between Sault Ste Marie and thunderbay ... Tis a very long deserted highway ... Stay gassed up ... Enjoy yr trip ...
Thanks - glad to hear that about Killarney and that the other route is good too. Interesting what you say about the western part of the route... I hope they have plenty of diesel up there!
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Killarney is amazing ... Definitely a must see ... And the suggestion of the Chichimaun from tobermory to Manitoulin island to espanola ... Can't go wrong there either ... I am from Ontario and have done the northern Ontario route many times ... Really not that much to see between Sault Ste Marie and thunderbay ... Tis a very long deserted highway ... Stay gassed up ... Enjoy yr trip ...
I would agree to keep gassed up due to the long stretch between the Sault and
Thunder Bay, but it is truly one of the most beautiful parts to travel! I rode the Lake Superior Circle tour on my motorcycle a couple of years back and the views of the Lake were fantastic (especially from Marathon to "Tundra Bay")
Loved it so much that my wife and I are doing the full circle in our trailer this summer over a two week trip. Cant wait!!
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I would agree to keep gassed up due to the long stretch between the Sault and
Thunder Bay, but it is truly one of the most beautiful parts to travel! I rode the Lake Superior Circle tour on my motorcycle a couple of years back and the views of the Lake were fantastic (especially from Marathon to "Tundra Bay")
Loved it so much that my wife and I are doing the full circle in our trailer this summer over a two week trip. Cant wait!!
That sounds like fun! I am grateful for all the suggestions and information people have provided! We are starting to make our reservations starting with Wildwood Conservation Area near Stratford and we now are fortunate to have a nice handful of Shakespeare tickets !

Now another question for the group: Ontario Parks says: "Often pedestals are shared between two campsites. You should plan on bringing a long extension cord with you to reach the pedestal." How long are we talking about here? Our standard 30A cord is 25' (7.6m). Is that likely to be sufficient? Otherwise I'm looking at having to pick up a 30A extension cord.
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You will need at least one more cord. We carry 75' of cord and have actually used them all at times. It is the down side of large secluded sites I guess. We have seen some Provincial Parks that rent cords. The distance to the outlet is usually included in the on line site description. Chutes PP is just off the Trans Canada Highway at Massey and has the most beautiful trails.


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I would make sure you have an extra 30 amp power cord for the provincial parks.

As for gas the stations are spare between Sault st Marie and Thunder Bay. The biggest gap with no gas will be from the Sault to Wawa. There is gas if you go off the highway into the town of Wawa. I pulled in there with my car reading 2 km to empty a few years ago. There are some tough grades but very scenic but gas milage will suffer some. We have kids and Grand kids in Thunder Bay and have made that trip many times and may do it a couple of times this year. I can't promise you will see wild life as most trips we don,t but this past June on our trip back home we saw 8 moose and 1 black bear.
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I have a 50 foot power cord and 2x 25 footers to go along with the one attached to the trailer. I used them all to reach a power box....
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