Ron & Elena's 2014 Travels travel blog

This morning's adventure at Port Arthur.


Our 1st stop was "The Pagoda", Canada's oldest information center.




Some photos of our walk around Prince Arthur's Landing Marina area.

The first time we've ever seen a loon in the wild.

This marina is for pleasure craft. The large buildings being constructed are...

We saw several large ships in & around the harbor.


This is still an important grain shipment harbor - note the huge...

More grain storage looking the other direction.

Outdoor concert facility in the park.



I needed to check this out - there must be some Dutch...

We sampled the Croquettes. The owner was born in Holland but has...

The weather was perfect for kids to be out enjoying a little...

I can't resist taking a photo when I see such cute little...






"Traveller's Return" by Andy Davies - one of several sculptures around the...

... and another "selfie" opportunity.

Elena managed to get a photo of this fine old Thunderbird as...

A Canadian Hero.




Views of Thunder Bay and Lake Superior from the Fox Scenic Lookout.


View of Sleeping Giant on the horizon.

The little harbor at Red Rock.

Typical of our views as we continued driving around Lake Superior northeast...

Photos taken from our overnight stop in Rossport, ON.



(Ron Writing) The weather was beautiful again this morning and we spent most of it touring the Port Arthur area of Thunder Bay. The harbors of the adjoining towns of Fort William and Port Arthur were both important ports on Lake Superior since the late 1800’s when, together, they became the world’s largest grain shipping port. In 1970 the two towns combined to form the city of Thunder Bay. The Port Arthur area is undergoing a sort of revival with the addition of parks and tourist facilities on the waterfront similar to what Duluth, MN has done with the development of their Canal Park area. The potential is certainly there but they have a lot of work to do before they are on a par with the Duluth waterfront area.

After lunch we headed east on the Hwy 11, the Trans Canada Highway. On the east edge of Thunder Bay we stopped by the Terry Fox Scenic Lookout. Terry Fox inspired and united the nation of Canada with his attempt to run across the country from St. Johns Newfoundland to his home province of British Columbia in 1980 after losing his right leg to cancer. His goal was to raise money for cancer research through sponsorship on this 5,300-mile marathon. He ran 26 miles per day across five provinces but upon reaching this spot near Thunder Bay, and having run 3,339 miles his recurring cancer forced him to end the run. Fox was awarded many honors and awards for his brave efforts and the inspired countrymen donated $24 million for cancer research. This lookout and the memorial here are a tribute to Mr. Fox. Also, this stretch of the Trans Canada Highway has been renamed the Terry Fox Courage Highway.

We continued our drive northeast around Lake Superior on Highways 11 & 17. This area of Ontario is quite sparsely populated. The highway generally follows the shore but the lake is seldom visible because of the heavily forested land along the highway. There are a few small towns and we made a short stop in Red Rock. We spoke to a worker at the little harbor there and learned that the small town is attempting to develop the picturesque harbor into a tourist destination. For many years the town’s economy relied on the paper mill which closed a few years ago – now it seems the harbor may be its biggest asset.

Our next stop was in the quaint village of Rossport. This is another very picturesque little harbor sheltered by several islands – somewhat reminiscent of Bayfield, MI and the Apostle Islands. It was getting late in the afternoon so we decided to spend the night in a park along the shoreline of this small quiet village. It was delightful to see and hear the kids play in the playground and along the beach of Lake Superior. What a beautiful way to end another day.

Happy 238th birthday to the USA. We hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day. Ours was pretty low-key since we are not in the USA but we never lose site of how blessed we are to be citizens of a country where freedom and prosperity are sometimes taken for granted. Here’s a little trivia I read the other day that I found interesting:

The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 (although the Declaration was approved on July 4, 1776, it was not made public until July 8), but for the first two decades after the Declaration was written, people didn't celebrate it much on any date. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.

After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1938 and 1941.

Today’s drive: 129 miles

Miles since leaving North Ranch: 5,319

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