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Ontario: Travel notes and Photos

Killbear Provincial Park

Ontario is the second largest province in Canada and home to nearly 40 percent of all Canadians. With the area of 1,076,395 square kilometers (415,598 sq mi), it's larger than France and Germany combined. It's also the most economically developed province in Canada.

Wawa, Ontario

Let's start our journey from this beautiful little community called Wawa, Ontario, situated on the Trans Canada Highway between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. The name comes from the Ojibwe word for "wild goose." If you get used to seeing large Canadian Tire stores in every Canadian mall, this is how it looks in Wawa:

Canadian Tire store in Wawa

Scenic Magpie Falls located near Wawa:

Magpie Falls

Drive further south on Trans Canada Highway and you will end up in the majestic Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Agawa bay, Lake Superior Provincial Park

Lake Superior Provincial Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Ontario and is a popular destination for fall colors tours.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Agawa river bridge, Trans Canada Highway

Lake Superior at sunset

Sault Ste. Marie or the Soo was known for many years as a "steel town." Located on the St Marys River, the Soo has a lot of growth potential. There is a deep-water port and direct bridge to the US. Green Energy is a growing sector. The region is home to the largest wind farm in Canada. House prices are a fraction of that in Toronto region. Attractions include Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Waterfront Boardwalk and famous Agawa Canyon Tour Train.

Sault Ste Marie

Historic Sault Ste. Marie Canal

The next must-visit place in this region: Killarney Provincial Park. Known for scenic hiking trails, Killarney stretches around the northern shores of Georgian Bay. Pines, giant red granite rocks, clean lakes and white quartzite ridges of La Cloche Mountains provide excellent settings for photography.

Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney Provincial Park

Silver Peak, Killarney Provincial Park

Now, our journey brings us to Sudbury, Canada's mining capital and home of the world's largest coin. The Sudbury Basin, rich in copper, nickel and other minerals has been formed millions of years ago by a meteorite impact. Sudbury is a home to two universities. Science North and Dynamic Earth (home of the Big Nickel) are the most popular attractions.

Science North, Sudbury

Big Nickel, Sudbury

If you take highway 400 south from Sudbury, you will drive over French River. The French River Provincial Park Visitor Centre located on the west side of the 400 is a perfect place to take a break.

French River

French River is one of the best places to take your canoe or kayak. The river flows from Lake Nippissing to the Georgian Bay.

French River

Lake Nipissing takes its name from the Algonquin language where it means "big water." It's a shallow lake, which means its waters warm up faster making it great for swimming and boating.

Lake Nipissing, North Bay

Killbear Provincial Park is located near Parry Sound. Here, you will find rocky shorelines with sandy beaches and great hikes through the forest.

Killbear Provincial Park

Going south along the shores of the Georgian Bay brins us to Awenda Provincial Park, favorite summer destination for many Torontonians.

Awenda Provincial Park

Following the shores of Georgian Bay brings us to Tobermory.

Tobermory, ON