The summer was upon us when I realized there was still a lot I wanted to do before experiencing a new season.
Our love for long road trips started many years ago. We find joy preparing a road trip, and get excitement to the max with every new adventure on the road. Having our own schedule leaves us the flexibility to adjust the plans on the go, giving us a certain freedom, especially in these pandemic times.
Three years ago, after enjoying so much a road trip around Lake Huron, we planned a new one around Lake Superior, the biggest Great Lake from North America. This summer was about the time, and although the pandemic and the northern wildfires didn’t help at all, we decided we still have a chance to explore the north side of the lake, to see places I yearned for, the wild and extensive shore of this magnificent lake, the biggest fresh water lake in North America.
If you love natural beauty, pristine beaches, or visiting cozy villages, then, the breathtaking drive around Lake Superior should be on your list. Trans-Canada Highway 17 is winding along the rocky northern shore, offering some of the best panoramic views of this Lake. Whether you’re standing at the top of the cliffs, or sitting down on a sandy beach, you can watch the splashing waves forever, or be mesmerized by the lullaby song of the shushing waves.
Although Canada, and the province of Ontario goes up North quite a lot, the region of Northern Ontario starts right here, on the shore of Lake Superior. All 700 kilometers stretch from Sault Ste Marie to Thunder Bay, along Trans Canada Hwy, offers some of the most picturesque coastlines and rocky cliffs that will take your breath away. The road is wide and well maintained, and driving is not too challenging although quite busy in some areas. Wilderness, wildlife, lakes, rivers, canyons, valleys, and waterfalls, you have them all along this scenic drive.
The breathtaking scenery from Algoma County inspired the famous Canadian Group of Seven, who had their own unique style of painting landscapes. You can follow the route to see the most famous places where they stopped to dip their brushes in amazing colours, immortalizing the nature forever.
There are plenty of spots to canoe, following historic routes once navigated by voyageurs. You can learn a bit by visiting Fort William Historical Site, in Thunder Bay.
Miles of sandy beaches, such as the ones from Terrace Bay, or Wawa are laying their white grains of sand enticing the people to stroll, lay down, or get a swim.
Make sure you are not missing any waterfalls along the way. With a short stroll, reason for a picnic maybe, the waterfalls like Chippewa, or Mink Creek, White Sand, are amazing places to stretch your legs while energizing from the rushing waters.
The plenitude of the provincial parks along the northern shore of Superior Lake offers as many trails as one might even imagine.
Make sure you do not miss Agawa Rock and the pictographs the rock is so famous for,
or the Sea Lion geological formation
On your journey, you’ll discover spectacular rugged shorelines, cascading rivers and waterfalls, pebbled and sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, unique geological features, and excellent wildlife viewing, all in one making it the most spectacular Riviera in Ontario.
A memorable road trip, I will let you enjoy a little movie.
~ visited in August 2021