We began in Toronto, north to Algonquin Provincial Park on July 13, then to Killarney Provincial Park (strictly speaking Georgian Bay, but gorgeous), past Sault Ste. Marie to Rabbit Blanket campground in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Absolutely fantastic sights and great hiking! And between the thunderstorms the weather was brilliant!
Next we camped at Pukaskwa National Park for wild and beautiful vistas. Bald eagles on a tree over our tent were unbelievable. By July 23 we moved the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, more urban than the others, but close to trailheads and beaches. Great.
July 26 we were in Gooseberry Falls State Park for four days – hiked and rode our bikes up the Hitch Family Trail to the Split Rock Lighthouse, and the explored Duluth another day. And an astounding lunch at the New Scenic Cafe between Two Harbors and Duluth. Surprised at the extent of wind damage from previous Wednesday’s storm. But our calendar was running out of days, headed towards Sault Ste. Marie stopping at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for some wonderful views of the coast. Then the Straits State Park, an exceptional day on Mackinac Island, the finally home via Flint, Port Huron to Toronto.
We have lived and traveled in many countries in Europe, Canada and Africa. But few places have the raw beauty, nature, access and such great people as the Lake Superior region. Nor have many regions in the world had such a seminal impact on their countries’ development. We were immensely pleased, and thought this was one of the very best trips we have ever undertaken. Hope you enjoy the photos. Many thanks to your organization for your material, insights and support. And we would love to get a certificate!
Wolfgang Schrempf & Shelagh Kerr, Toronto, ON