Canada

Kilometre 0 (Home) – Kilometre 930 (Wawa)

May 26, 2014

(I am posting this late because I have had ZERO service and I’m tired from driving)

I’m back for another trip! A year after I left for Greece (a year, can you believe it), I’m heading across country to Whitecourt, Alberta. Here, I am taking a reporter job (yay me)!

I decided that I am going to pack up my car and drive the 3500+ km from my small town Ontario to another small town Alberta. After some great deliberation, I realized going by myself was not going to happen. Driving long distances may not be my forte. I like short drives and scenic drives, but long distances make me sleepy. My dad, thank god, loves driving. He has driven across Canada nine times and two of them were family trips when I was younger.

Leaving home

Leaving home

After stuffing my car, which fit a lot more stuff that I thought it would, and a rough estimate of driving times, distances, and stops, we left home. (Okay, mom and I hugged for a really long time. And I’ll miss my cotton ball dog.)

French River where Champlain explored in the 17th Century

French River where Champlain explored in the 17th Century

Animal Crossing Bridge in Northern Ontario

Animal Crossing Bridge in Northern Ontario

I took the first shift driving 300 k to a small gas station in Pointe au Baril. The views were absolutely stunning. I can really see the inspiration that Northern Ontario gave to the Group of Seven

Inco Smokestack, Sudbury. The tallest in Canada at 1,250 ft.

Inco Smokestack, Sudbury. The tallest in Canada at 1,250 ft.

There was a lot to see up that way. It is where the edge of the Canadian Shield starts. Then, just west of Sudbury, the OPP decided to shut down the TransCanada Hwy BOTH WAYS due to a head on collision. While one person was quickly airlifted to the nearest hospital, the OPP closed down the highway from 7:30am to 2:30pm, when we finally got through. You could imagine the line of cars, a line 10km long.

The line was 10 kilometres long

The line was 10 kilometres long

(Side note: while I respect the police and everything they do (parent are/were cops), I think it is completely unnecessary to close down that major highway for that long of a time. Imagine if there was a truck with livestock that dies because of the heat. It is their prime duty to direct the flow of traffic during a collision, not disrupt thousands of drivers to investigate the non-fatal accident)

It was a beautiful drive along the east coast of Lake Superior

It was a beautiful drive along the east coast of Lake Superior

Old Women's Bay on Lake Superior

Old Women’s Bay on Lake Superior

Beautiful Lake Superior

Beautiful Lake Superior

Snow and icebergs are a thing up in Northern Ontario

Snow and icebergs are a thing up in Northern Ontario

We then finally got a glimpse of Lake Superior (named for its superior awesomeness). We came across Chippewa Falls. So what, you ask. Well, it just so happens that Chippewa Falls is the halfway point of the TransCanada Hwy. That’s right from east coast to west coast, the middle of the TransCanada is not even the middle of Ontario.

Chippawa Falls is the halfway point of the TransCanada Hwy

Chippawa Falls is the halfway point of the TransCanada Hwy

From there it was a scenic drive up to Wawa. Because of the two and a half hour delay, our planned stop in Marathon was changed. At 9:30pm, we pulled into the tiny Mystic Isle Motel in Wawa, ON. (Hey, that motel was actually a surprisingly friendly, clean, and a comfortable sleep)

Made it to Wawa!

Made it to Wawa!

We travelled a good 930 kilometres on day one. Not as far as we wanted to go, but hey, Canada’s a big place.

UPDATE: I have added pictures AND A MAP!

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