Circle Tour to Celebrate Our 40th Anniversary!

We took this trip as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. We love scenery and hiking and this trip had plenty of it. It was a ton of fun and wonderful to see the lake from every possible perspective. Start point: Minneapolis. 8 stops. 15 days. Traveled in an RV, towing a car. 2 adults and 2 chocolate labs. 1. Minneapolis to Grand Portage. Stop 1 in Grand Portage. One night. We looked around the area a bit and the lake was beautiful from here. We drove directly here from Minneapolis as we had been in northern Minnesota many times before. Had dinner in a restaurant overlooking the lake. 2. Grand Portage MN to Thunder Bay Ontario. Stop 2. Two nights in Thunder Bay. We visited Centennial Park. Kakabeka Falls on the first day. Next day we visited Ouimet Canyon, Thunder Bay overlook, Sleeping Giant Park. Dinner on the patio at Shoeless Joe’s (dog friendly patio). The Thunder Bay overlook was amazing (a bit of a rough road to get there but worth it). One of our favorite stops. 3. Thunder Bay to Nipigon. One night in Nipigon. Stop 3. Since this was a short drive, we were able to get two days of sights in. Visited Aquasabon Falls, hiked the park, Visited the Nipigon overlook. Also went to Rainbow Falls and Terrace Bay and hiked around. 4. Nipigon to Wawa. Two nights in Wawa. Stop 4. Terrible rain when when we pulled in so we got some groceries in the town and sheltered in place. We were able to see some amazing things in the area including High Falls and Old Woman Bay. Went down to Aguasabon, then Agawa Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Hiked up along the Sand River in a beautiful trail next to the running water. Also went to look at the Wawa goose. Pinguisibi Trail was the one next to the Sand River. Everything and anything in Lake Superior Provincial Park were amazingly beautiful. Great hikes and so much beauty! 5. Wawa to Sault Ste Marie MI. Three nights in Sault Ste Marie. Stop 5. First night, went to look at the ships coming by on the St. Marys River which could be seen in our campground. We also drove around to see the local sights. For dinner, went to the Soo Brewery for pizza and beer (they had an outdoor dog friendly area). Went to the casino. Next day, went on the Soo Locks boat tour. Then went to Mackinac Bridge and city. Had coffee and chocolates in the town. Stopped at a park to overlook the bridge on the way back. Next day, went to Whitefish Point and the Shipwreck Museum. Then looked at and hiked the upper and lower Tahquamenon Falls. 6. Sault Ste. Marie MI to Munising. Two nights in Munising. Stop 6. Went to Sand Point Beach, then Munising Falls and did a bunch of hiking. Then went to Miner’s Rock/overlook and the falls. Next day, went to Hurricane River and hiked to lighthouse there. Went on the Pictured Rocks boat trip which was wonderful but a bit chilly. Our campsite in Munising was right on the lake…..amazing and beautiful. 7. Munising MI to L’Anse MI. Two nights in L’Anse. Stop 7. Discovered a unnamed park in Aura MI. Went to Pointe Abbaya (12 miles of undeveloped road.) and a good hike out to the point. Went to a couple of falls on the way to Copper Harbor. Explored Copper Harbor, stopped at Jacob’s Falls and the Abbey for baked goods. Took the mountain road and went to the overlook. Saw the lighthouse at Eagle Harbor. Our campsite in L’Anse overlooked the lake. Small, local place, quiet and wonderful. 8. L’Anse MI to Bayfield WI. One night in Sand Bay. Stop 8. Lots of rain when we got to this point in the trip so we hung out in the motorhome once we got to the campsite. Next day, saw the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and other scenery in the area. 9. Bayfield to Minneapolis….end of trip. Reflections: Wonderful trip. Canadian scenery was astounding end to end and the sights we went to fabulous. Trip between sights was fabulous. People were very nice and good to deal with. Canadian parks had boardwalks, wall marked and easy to use. Beautiful. Roads were great all the way around. Would be helpful to have more dog friendly places to eat all the way around. Some dog restrictions on trails that were not good for pups to be on; seemed like more restrictions in the U.S. on trails for dogs. Planned ahead and had no issues with gasoline along the route. There was always something to do or explore all the way around. We oriented the trip to have travel time and some “stay” time so that we didn’t feel rushed. We were, however, moving and doing something each and every day. Most parks had some type of wifi with varying integrity. Some incredible pockets of things to see on the U.S. side but a lot of driving NOT near the lake (and you could have been driving anywhere). Canadian side was all scenery all the time. If we were to do this again, we would go counter clockwise as the best scenery is in Canada to Northern MN.

Stan & Cherie Bann, Eden Prairie, MN