Today’s place is where I am currently visiting – Northwestern Ontario. I pondered making a post about Thunder Bay but I did that a few years ago here. So today I’ll expand on the area surrounding the city I was born and raised in.
The Canadian province of Ontario is, more or less, divided into Northen Ontario and Southern Ontario (where Toronto is). The former is further divided into Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario. I grew up in the latter subdivision. This region is the least populated of Ontario with over 50% of its population residing in Thunder Bay, on the shores of Lake Superior. Other smaller communities include Kenora, Dryden, Fort Francis, Red Lake and numerous First Nations communities.
Big size and small population means plenty of natural beauty. It is part of the Canadian Shield (made up of Precambrain Rock), has extensive mixed forests and an abundance of fresh water lakes. This results in summer activities of fishing, boating, hiking and camping being equally popular with locals and visitors alike. Winter months draw ice fishing and snowmobiling enthusiasts and every everyone is familiar with ice hockey and curling sports. If you are visiting this area it is, in my opinion, best to fly into one of the communities and then get around by renting a car. And please remember that Canada is an enormous country and this area of it is no exception but the view is worth it.
Former rail glory, Thunder Bay – Photo credit: Taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World