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The Trek to Thunder Bay, Ontario


From the Airstream factory in Ohio we headed to Brenda’s mom’s house in Chatham, Ontario.  Our goal was to go way north to Thunder Bay, Ontario (where Brenda went to University) and then start going west along the Canadian Provinces.  It has been a wonderful trek over the last few weeks and we finally landed at our friend’s house in TB.  Here are some of the highlights along the way:

The total distance from Chatham, Ontario to Thunder Bay, Ontario was 1025 miles.  Below is the route we took.

We had all sorts of fun along the way.  While in Chatham, we walked Victoria Ave. to take in the trees and historic homes, checked out the farmer’s market for cheese curds, butter tarts and sweet corn and HAD to eat at Jean and Brenda’s favorite eatery – Swiss Chalet. It peaked at 106 degrees and was crazy hot.  We spent the weekend at the family lake cottage in Erieau on Lake Erie.  Try Molly and OJ’s for Lake Erie fish and local produce.

Next, we headed to Guelph to hang with Brenda’s sister and her family.  We had an impromptu open house, drove to Toronto to visit long lost friends and fell in love with Canada’s largest year-round farmer’s market – St. Jacob’s in Waterloo.

From Guelph we headed with Brenda’s sister to play on Georgian Bay.  We stayed in Penetanguishene at Hindson’s Marina for some boating/swimming and to check out Sainte-Marie among the Hurons.  SM among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people.  If you go to the Penetang/Midland area try Henry’s for fresh local fish.

Now comes the long, beautiful and rural stretch of Highway 17.  Provincial Parks abound and access to Lake Superior is amazing.

Sinclair Cove

Sinclair Cove – Lake Superior

Mom and pop restaurants and general stores are what you find on Highway 17 – love it!

Pictographs – Lake Superior Provincial Park

Striated granite (underwater) at the Pictographs – Lake Superior Provincial Park

Scenic High Falls – Wawa, ON

Lake Superior

Old Woman Bay – Lake Superior Provincial Park (amazingly beautiful)

Wawa, ON – wawa means goose in Ojibwe

We stayed in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park right on Lake Superior (just off Highway 17).  RV spots were $37 CAN/night with electric, water and no sewer.  A bit pricy but well worth it.  You can swim and kayak right out your door.

Rossport Campground – Rainbow Fall Provincial Park

Brenda – Rossport Campground

Rossport Campground – lichen, warm rocks and swimming in Lake Superior

Morning paddle

White River, ON - birthplace of Winnie the Pooh

White River, ON – birthplace of Winnie the Pooh

Terry Fox Memorial

Right outside of Thunder Bay we stopped at the Terry Fox Monument.  Terry was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete and cancer research activist.  In 1980 after having one leg amputated due to cancer, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research.  You can learn more at

Now we are here in Thunder Bay. The first stop is Lakehead University to see Brenda’s old stomping ground.  The second stop will be to the LU radio station for a live interview with Brenda’s old room mate and radio host of Jen’s Bent.  We will post the link to the show as soon as we get it.

We are currently searching for filtered waste veggie oil that’s ready to use.  Our 150 gallon tank is dry.  Know of any in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina or Calgary?  Let us know.  Thanks.  Update: Frank Motors in Winnipeg sells conversion kits and filtered wvo.  We are going to fill our 150 gallon tank when we get to Winnipeg.  Yahoo!

Take care folks and have some fun.  It was great to see our Canadian peeps: Jean, Andy, Mark, Dana, Josh and Robyn, Ken, Terry and Doug, Kyle, Melissa, Hannah and Hudson, Matt and Toria, Marion and Glenn, Jenna and Adrianna, Gail and Jennifer, Lisa, Dave, Ross and Katie, Jen and Cat.





  1. Thanks for all the great photos. Beautiful country up there.

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