Our Trip of 2003
Ontario to Treeline, NWT
We crossed into Canada and headed West toward Thunder Bay, OT, on Sunday, 10
Note: Additions will be made to include multiple pictures of
several stops. Click on a picture for more
|There were two Amethyst mines along the highway. We stopped
at the first and "mined" a few stones. Actually, we picked up
some rocks from a bulldozed area that is the mine.
| Old Fort
Williams Historical Park in Thunder Bay is not a fort, but is a trading
post. Again, actors in costume are present. A great place.
|We made a detour from the major highway west and visited Fireside Lodge.
It is near Sioux Lookout, OT.
|| Next was a stop
at the Mennonite Heritage Village at Steinbach, MB. This is a bench seat
that converts to a bed. There were several of these in the village.
|At Winnipeg we took a riverboat tour to Lower Fort Garry
National Historic Site, The best part of this tour was the trip through
the locks on the Winnipeg river. This was our third fort this trip.
||After Winnipeg we visited Riding Mountain National Park. It
is known for its large number of black bears. We did see a couple of
bears, but not long enough for a picture. We did see beautiful scenery,
flowers, and several types of wildlife, including a herd of plains bison.
| Our next stop on Sunday evening was at Thompson, MB,
as far North as the pavement goes in Manitoba. We stopped at Pisew Falls
provincial park on the way to see this beautiful waterfall.
||Inco has one of the worlds largest nickel mining and
processing facilities at Thompson. They have tours, but not on Sunday or
| After a trip on Highway 55 in Eastern Saskatchewan,
the worst gravel road I have ever seen, we stopped at Cut Knife to see the
Worlds Largest Tomahawk.
||We next stopped at Vegreville, AB, to see the Worlds Largest
Pysanka. It looked like an Easter Egg to us.
| Next stop was Edmonton and the Worlds Largest Shopping
Mall. Just outside Edmonton is the Elk Island National Park.
|| It has both plains and wood bison. The two types are
in separate fenced areas of the park, with the wood bison less accessable
and more difficult to approach for pictures.
|We called and arranged for a tour of the oil sands operation
at Fort McMurray, AB. We called because they require all arrangements for
access be made a day ahead for security reasons. In calling, we were
offered a discount package deal that included two nights at a motel and a
tour of the Syncrude operation. With the package, you basically pay for
the motel and get a free tour.
Oil is obtained from the oil sands by mining with huge machinery
instead of by drilling a well.
|After Fort McMurray, we headed on toward Yellowknife
in the Northwest Territories. On the way we stopped at Twin Falls Gorge
and saw two beautiful waterfalls.
||After crossing the Mackenzie River on the ferry, you are at
the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary, home to huge wood bison. They are
commonly seen along the highway.
|Yellowknife is small by most standards, but is by far the
largest town in the NWT. It has an interesting history, and lots of
interesting places to see. This rock painting is near the float plane
||We expected to leave Yellowknife on a float plane, but
instead had the comfort of a larger, land-based plane for our flight to
Treeline. We did return to Yellowknife on a float plane.
|We were part of a group of eight people for a three night
stay at Treeline. We were guided by Titus, an Inuit, or Eskimo, who seemed
to know about everything in the artic. We fished some, and spent
considerable time viewing wildlife, mostly caribou and wolves.
Blueberries, crowberries, lingonberries, and cloud berries were all over the ground. All
are good to eat.
|| This caribou had a broken rear leg. The previous day,
this caribou was seen across the lake with a wolf in the area. It had to
swim about a half mile to cross the lake. A wolf is a good
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