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Jun 12, 2017 - Kenora

Another day just enjoying Kenora & the beautiful scenery. I think I’ll be doing that a lot for a while because this country is just packed with forests & lakes. It was another warm sunny day & the 2 little white-tailed deer came to visit as usual. It’s interesting how Kenora got its name. Originally it was called Rat Portage – Portage because the fur trappers had to carry their canoes to get into the Winnipeg River & Rat because of the abundance of Musk Rats which was the reason the fur trappers were here in the first place. Later on, there...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Kenora

The French Open Men’s final started at 8:15 am here, a much more civilized time than in Australia so I watched it until it was obvious that Rafa was in the process of demolishing Stan & there was no way Stan could recover – final score 6-2 6-3 6-1. I drove into town & found a good parking spot in the lot next to the MS Kenora, the boat I was booked on this afternoon. I had plenty of time to have a good look around town & take photos of the many murals. The boat ride was great. The lake is approximately 140 km long & 100 km wide & there are...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Kenora

It rained overnight & was overcast this morning so not a good day for a boat ride on the lake. I went on-line to look at the forecast for tomorrow & found there was a severe thunderstorm alert for this region – not just thunderstorms but winds of 100 kph & destructive hail. I stayed home & watched the women’s final of the French Open, then the men’s doubles final, both of which were excellent, close matches & fortunately none of the wild weather happened here. This type of trip requires a lot of research because I’ve no idea what’s down the...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Winnipeg to Kenora

I passed some important milestones today. Just east of Winnipeg I passed a sign saying it marked the longitudinal centre of Canada so I’m halfway across the country & I also left the prairies of Manitoba & entered the forests & lakes of north-west Ontario. I’m finding it difficult to get the orientation right because I was about as far south as you can get in Manitoba & now I’m in the north of Ontario. I have to go a long way south from here to get to Toronto & Ottawa. My first stop was just about 50 km from Winnipeg at the town of...

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May 12, 2017 - Spirit Tree???

The morning dawns clear and cool so no bugs again………yea!! We pull out the maps and plot a course for the next week or so. With wifi here we have Google maps and a gps at our disposal but find ourselves pouring over a paper map straining to read the tiny mileage notations between cities. Not that the route needs much planning – there are only a couple of options leaving Kenora heading east so do we take the high road or the low road? After this mental workout we decide to clear the cobwebs with a hike around Tunnel Island, a 6.5km sojourn...

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May 11, 2017 - The land of a thousand lakes & 14,000+ islands

Interestingly enough the area for miles before Winnipeg and after Winnipeg is all farmland, which suddenly gives way to trees & green. Still flat, this forested area takes you right to the border of Ontario where the trees continue but the land is no longer flat. It’s as if someone drew a line (the border?) and on this side it’s flat, on this side it’s rolling hills. The condition of the roads improved considerably when we got into Ontario and we arrived in Kenora again in wonderful sunshine. The tourist information centre is in a lovely...

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Jun 28, 2016 - The Willows RV Park

Wow! Woke up this morning to 6°C. It did warm up quickly though. Right now it's 27°C. It was a good drive to Kenora. Lots of new pavement, good roads all-around. The roadsides were carpeted with the colourful hue of wild flowers, white, yellow, orange, blue, pink and purple. What a great time of year to travel this part of the Trans Canada Highway. Landscape changes from rock cuts to farmer fields and back to rock cuts on the way to Kenora.

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Jun 4, 2016 - Thunder Bay to Kenora

As forecast, it rained most of the night, and was raining when we packed up and started our next leg, in fact it rained for about 3 hours of driving! You know it's a big weather system when you can drive for almost 200 miles (300 Kms) and nothing about the rain changes! As we headed north and west into the lake country of Ontario, the road being in not bad shape compared to others we have been on, the truck traffic is heavy, and the truckers push, hard! Speed limit 90, at one point we were doing 110 and still being passed, so to heck with...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Indian Head to Kenora

It was a restless evening as the anticipation of our upcoming adventure dominated our thoughts. We were up before the light of dawn and on the road at 7:00am. The trip took us from Indian Head SK through to Kenora ON. It was a challenging drive pulling a 13,000 lb 5th wheel into strong head winds until just east of Winnipeg . We arrived in Kenora around 5:00 pm & decided to stay over night in Anicinabe Park for the evening. We have learned, do not rely totally on your GPS ( a hard copy map is always handy). The GPS took us through downtown...

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Apr 14, 2015 - Day 248 - Winnipeg to Kenora

It was a good day. The wind had died down considerably by morning, the sun was out and it was warming up nicely. Since we had no power to use the coffee maker, we hit Tim's, which was only a 5 minute walk. We had two planned stops in Winnipeg today: The Royal Canadian Mint and The new National Museum of Human Rights. Both were excellent. The RC Mint, which can make up to 15 million coins a day, produces all the circulation coins for the entire country, as well as coins for 75 other countries in the world. The Museum of HR is an absolutely...

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Aug 4, 2014 - We're off!

We left on our adventure with some maps, a list of points of interest and a sense of excitement. Our first step was to head toward Winnipeg, but we decided to take the back road through Sprague MB. We stopped at a little roadside truck and had the best burgers EVER. Who knew?? We continued south and crossed the border at Roseau MN.

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Jul 10, 2013 - West Hawk Lake (MB) to Sioux Narrows (ON)

Last night I went to bed before 7:00 pm, but I still slept until 4:30 am. I must have been more tired than I realized! We are now in a region that is familiar to me, as my family and I have driven to Winnipeg on several occasions and we rented a houseboat in Lake-of-the-Woods a few years ago. John and I left West Hawk Lake at 6:30 am and crossed the Ontario border by 6:45 am. We proceeded Eastbound along Highway 17 to Kenora, where we stopped at a McDonald's for a second breakfast. Once past Kenora, we turned South onto Highway 71, which...

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