This summer I haven’t been able to do much traveling, but that never stopped me from having as many adventures as possible. A couple weeks ago my friends and I took a day off to explore some of the cool places we’ve never been before just outside of our city.
We started at Pass Lake which is just before the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Usually, I just take in the nice views of the lake on my drive out to the Sleeping Giant, but this time we stopped underneath the overpass train bridge. Now, I’ve seen pictures of some of my friends on this bridge over social media, but I had no idea where it was, or just how terrifying it is. I know heights are stupid fear, but they’re probably my biggest fear, which is exactly why I didn’t let it stop me from going out on the bridge with my friends.
To get to the Pass Lake ‘Trestle’ you park on the side of the road across from which there’s a five minute hike up to a point where the trail meets the bridge. At this point, the bridge isn’t very far from the ground at all. But if you’ve got friends like I have, there’s no way you’re stopping there. We walked all the way until we were about halfway across the bridge, it was terrifying, but the views were well worth it.
After exploring the bridge my friends and I took the very twisty road to the Amethyst Mine. Unfortunately, I get car sick super easily, so I spent our time at the amethyst mine sitting on the ground with my head between my legs – but this meant I got to talk to my friend who was in Peru at the time, so you win some you lose some.
We didn’t spend too much time at the mine, and were off to find my friend’s old camp in Pearl soon afterwards. This took a lot longer than expected. At one point we ended up driving down a snowmobiling road, thinking that it must be the driveway we were looking for… clearly we were wrong. We found it in the end and spent a good part of the day lounging on a dock sitting on a picturesque little watering hole.
In the late afternoon we started to hear a thunderstorm approaching so we thought it was time to move on. Still having energy left we thought we ought to take the opportunity to check out Ouimet Canyon, since it’s a ways out of town and we were already in the area! Ouiment Canyon is in Dorion, it’s just past Eagle Canyon – a place where a lot of people go for zip-lining and the suspension bridge. Eagle Canyon has a $20 entrance fee, but if you make the drive to Ouimet Canyon you can appreciate wonderful views of the Canyon and very well maintained, wheelchair accessible trails, for no cost at all.
On our drive home we ran into this guy just hanging out on the side of the road. Of course, we stopped to say hi, and he tried to come say hi back…
These are just a few of the wonderful places that exist around me, and as you can see nature is never far from home in Northwestern Ontario. So next time you find yourself up in Thunder Bay, make sure you check out some of these beautiful places too!