3500 Travels

Ontario and Manitoba

May 16 – 20

We did not vanish after Quebec, rather I ran out of time, ready Internet access, and perhaps steam to keep up with this blog. Cathie and I have been back in Las Cruces since June 14 and I really feel that I must get the rest of our trip recorded, even if in abbreviated form. Thanks to Cathie taking notes each day, I have material to refresh my memory.

Like Quebec, Ontario is very lovely and full of lakes, both large and small. We spent part of four days and three nights crossing Ontario. The first night was at Twin Lakes RV Campground in Moonbeam, ON. It had just opened, so we felt like we were finally getting into the tourist season.

Twin Lakes Campground near Moonbeam, Ontario

Twin Lakes Campground near Moonbeam, Ontario

The next day we stopped for lunch at a rest stop and met a young man from Maine. He was on his way to Alaska to work for the Forestry Service on Prince of Wales Island. He admired our camper set up as we did his.

That night we stayed at Stillwater Camp near Nipigon, ON. There was an almost unlimited area to hike behind the camp because of two sets of powerlines. Since trees had to be cleared, and occasional access provided for maintenance, it was fine for taking the dogs out on and Cap could be off-leash.

Hiking area under power lines. Looking back toward Stillwater Camp near Nipigon, Ontario

Hiking area under power lines. Looking back toward Stillwater Camp near Nipigon, Ontario

The following day we crossed into the Central Standard Time zone. Canadians seem to mark such places as can be seen in the photo below. We later passed another sign that marked the longitudinal center of Canada. Our last night in Ontario was spent in the Birchland RV Park. We almost had the place to ourselves. When we drove in a sign said to pick a spot and expect a visit from the proprietors later on. They never showed up. The next morning we could not find anyone to pay, so it was a free night!

Rest stop on Trans Canada Hwy 17.

Rest stop on Trans Canada Hwy 17.


Birchland RV Park near Dryden, Ontario

Birchland RV Park near Dryden, Ontario

I mentioned Ontario having lots of lakes. One is Lake of the Woods near Kenora, ON. I would think that this is a boater’s dream. There are many islands and inlets, places to picnic, and places to camp. Both Cathie and I thought of Lake Tahoe, especially the north and west shore. I didn’t take any pictures, but I am sure Google has many. I have included a map, courtesy of Google, that shows the rather stunning number of lakes in that area. Note that Lake of the Woods has both a Canadian and American part. Do you ever wonder exactly how the border was decided upon?

Google map showing Lake of the Woods in southwest Ontario. Kenora on Hwy 17 looked like a great boating town.

Google map showing Lake of the Woods in southwest Ontario. Kenora on Hwy 17 looked like a great boating town.

Manitoba was less interesting. It is very flat which makes it great for growing crops. The night of May 19th we stayed at Lake Manitoba Narrows Campground. Not too fancy but good enough. Weather is starting to get warmer. The smoky haze in the sunset photo is from fires. Not sure if smoke from the terrible Ft. McMurray , AB fire reached this far or not. That fire was the talk of Canada.

Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge Campground.

Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge Campground.


Smoke sunset over Lake Manitoba.

Smoke sunset over Lake Manitoba.

The next day we drove into the outskirts of Winnipeg to get an oil change for the truck. My father lived in Winnipeg for a couple of years when he was a teenager. I was going to look for where he lived but he wasn’t able to provide an address so we decided to just keep heading for Saskatchewan.

One thought on “Ontario and Manitoba

  1. Walter L Johnson

    Thanks for the tour. We spent a week at a lake a short distance north of Toronto when our kids were small. It was a long (west to east) lake, thats about all I remember.

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