The final few days of our time in Canada, we spent heading to Sault Ste Marie. The drive from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie follows the north shore of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. It is possible to drive all the way around the lake via the Lake Superior Circle Tour, a 1300 mile drive. Our portion was about 1/3 of the circle tour, and was beautiful. Driving in a 42 ft Rv towing a van, we are rather large. As we traveled along, we kept an eye out for pullouts to stop and view the lake. Funny thing about traveling in Canada, rest stops are not nearly like they are in the U.S. A. As we traveled along, at approximately 65 mph, we scanned for rest area signs. We would see a sign for the rest area, but it seemed that we were already passing the turnoff. Other times we would see the sign, slow enough to make the turnoff, but realize the spot was so small we would never get in, let alone get out. On we traveled, wishing to stop at some of the beautiful view points of Lake Superior. A drawback of being in such a big rig, pulling a van.
We did manage to find one turn out large enough for us to pull in and pull out without incident. I thought it funny as this was the only spot we fit, as we pulled in to Old Woman Bay-I had to put my feet in the water. It was mighty cold!
We arrived in Sault Ste Marie about 2pm, and checked in. At the campground was a self-serve rv wash, so Mark decided to wash off the miles of dirt and bugs while Andrew and I went to find some lunch. As much as the rv needed to be cleaned, it’s not a fun job, fighting with mosquitoes at the same time sure didn’t help.
The campground we chose was a KOA. A plus for this park was it had a nice off leash dog area. More and more, campgrounds are including dog areas in their camps, and it makes traveling with a pet more relaxing.
Our spot was nice and big, though our satellite didn’t work. I know, this isn’t the worst thing in the world, unless it’s baseball season and you will be there for several days. We spoke to the camp host and were able to move spots the next day. As we relaxed for the evening, we looked through the tourist magazines to plan our activities for the next few days. Lots to see and do, and we looked forward to exploring our last days in Canada.