Thursday, 16 August 2012

Scenic drive through old Canada and into Ontario's beautiful parks

Having focused on major cities for many days it has been good to get out into the countryside and forests, again.

We stopped to look at the oldest remaining covered bridge in Canada (covered to protect it from the weather), in Zuber Corner, near Elmira in Ontario.

Here we came upon a Mennonite community.
We bought the freshest blueberries we have found
and homemade cakes from the Mennonite shop,
opposite the bridge car park.

Similar to the Amish, the Mennonites basic values are family, humility, simplicity, modesty, and pacifism. 'Man' was rather a contrast to the black buggies we saw coming and going.

Lake Superior 

Lake Superior Provincial park

This picture looks like a beach at the seaside but is in fact at the Agawa Campground alongside Lake Superior.

The sites were right on the beach if you were lucky and had the usual fire pit. We enjoyed a great steak cooked above the logs followed by a moody sunset.

Next day we scrambled precariously along some rocks to see a few pictographs painted in red ochre on the rock face by first nations people 150-400 years ago. You can only see them when the lake is calm, so we were lucky. And we didn't fall into the lake!

Two of the Agawa Rock pictographs. A mysterious animal and snake depicting a story ?

From one story to another

If it's not 'Winnie'. Stopping at White River on the main road I had to take a picture of the original Winnie the Pooh.
The story goes that an army captain from Winnipeg bought a baby black bear from a hunter in White River. He named it 'Winnie', short for Winnipeg, after his home town. When he was called up to serve his country abroad he sent the bear to London Zoo for safe keeping.
A.A Milne's son, Christopher Robin, took a liking to the adorable bear when visiting London Zoo and the Winnie the Pooh stories were created by his father. 
Eventually Disney purchased the stories and the rest is history.

This Winnie had to be changed slightly by the town, to avoid copyright infringement.

Pukaskwa National Park

Still alongside Lake Superior, another beautiful Park, this time Pukaskwa National Park.
We stayed in Hatties Cove and enjoyed a few trails that took us through humid forest, driftwood strewn beaches and great views of the lake. No Black Bears or the elusive herd of Caribou but plenty of berries for them to eat. I am sure they know which ones are poisonous!

A gorgeous Newfoundland who had been enjoying the water. Aah!

Lake Superior's average water temperature is a chilling 4C. The beach shallows are a little warmer.

Yet another....

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

30km off the main road another beautiful park perfect for relaxing, hiking and canoeing. Our campsite was spacious.

With its own stairway, to our own beach.

And the head of the Duck welcoming committee to great us. Luckily, not the Skunks as a fellow camper endured!

The peninsula in the distance in the shape of a reclining man is the Sleeping Giant, considered to be a sacred place for years.

A very peaceful spot.

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