33. Trans-Canada - pt.i

Having now crossed Canada's vast prairie-lands - something that back in Toronto had actually daunted me! - I'm now sitting warmly within a warmshowers.org host's house here in Calgary, looking back through my photos of what I passed through...some absolutely great scenery!!
 Magpie High Falls by Wawa (Ontario)
 Outside the Wawa visitors centre (Yes!!...it's a Canadian Goose!)
 Certainly no vacancies here!! 
 Some of the lakes & creeks have great names!
The Trans-Canadian highway [17] snaked it's way through the never-ending hills, toward the end of them I was climbing 3-3500 feet each day, the dual-section sign usually meant the start of another climb... 
 I'd regulalry pass road-side balancing rock 'artwork'...I guess I should've done my own piece..
 White River, home of Winnie the Pooh.
The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River (Ontario) at the railway station while enroute to England during the First World War. He named the bear Winnie after his adopted hometown of Winipeg (Manitoba). Continuing his journey (the way one does with a bear cub!) he left the bear at London zoo to be looked after whilst he went to France to fight. 
This was a gem of a place to camp! From forward planning I new the day's end would reveal a lake but was amazed when I found this municipal cabin / camp area, set back nicely from the road, perfect to pitch my tent but soon after nosing around I found the kitchen, toilets and dormitories to be all unlocked...in fact the 4 double-bed dorms had no locks on the door to be locked! This felt too good to be true, like a naughty boy with his hand in the biscuit tin...thinking someone would surely turn up and say no I settled on pitching my tent on the grass.....but later temptation got the better of me and thinking it may rain in the night - or my tent [as had been happening recently with all the lakes around me] be condensation-wet in the morning decided to sleep in a dorm with my sleeping back laid on a nice, soft, double matress!! zzzzzzz
Content with all I had, I decided not to follow it.....
The road continued to snake up & over, down & around..
Lake Superior - the largest of the North American Great Lakes. . . some wikipedia facts! Max length 350 miles, max width 160 miles. Volume of water: 12,000 cubic kilometres  😯 Shoreline: 1,729 miles (2,783 km) plus 997 miles ((1,605 km) of islands!
It's BIG!
 I just love this rough / rugged rock face, cut from when the road was blasted along the way.
Not the best of places to camp as it was close to the road which meant I had noisy trucks rumbling passed..some nights are good..some not so good. Using some dumped rubbish ('garbage' here in north America) I made myself a seat!
 An old truck afront a gas station.
 Looks like someone else likes their model vehicles! 
Now here is a good camp spot, albeit still noisy due to trucks rumbling across the bridge just around the river bend the river made up for that.
 It bloody wants to!

 Good, I'm still heading in the right direction... 
 Button down the hatch!
My hosts in Ignace (karen + Brad) owned & operated a lake airport business, flying fisherman out to remote lakes for total isolation.
 An Oldsmobile parked up in Dryden.
A lumberyard in Kenora. Re-planting is also a key part in the business & my host's son in Thunder Bay had recently been away for several months planting, and surprisingly it pays big buck$!
Another 160 container wagons chugs passed (a loco at the front, midway and at the rear).
 A disused building in Brandon (Manitoba).
At the town of Verden, one of the many big grain elevators...
Gotcha! This was actually a model of one! Typically in the prairie towns they're seen next to the rail line to maximise the logistics efficiency.
Many of the rail towns were proud of their history and preserved their old railway stations, here's Verden's one;
 Some of the town's key points;
Well that's brought me to about the mid-way point of my Trans-Canada section so I'll pause for now. My next post will be from the other side of the Rockies that I've yet to cross...and there's snow forecast! I've just bought an additional fleece / hoody top and a new pair of half-boots to keep my tootsies warm! 
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