Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON

Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON
The back of our hotel, on the outskirts of Thunderbay, ON

After the great grape debacle that was a large part of our experience of driving across the prairies, my mother, Miles and I were ready for some fun. After our good experience at a Best Western Plus in Dryden, ON, my mother booked us a spot for the next afternoon, not too far off on the outskirts of Thunder Bay, ON. This hotel turned out to be my favorite! We got a room at the back of the hotel, which faced the grounds. The grounds were “fetch heaven” for Miles and I! We were so happy to have a gorgeous spot to unwind. For me, it felt great to blow off steam with my buddy, watching him tear around, healthy and happy.

Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON
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Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON
The grounds of the hotel had an awesome pond!

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The rocky scenery behind us is part of what is called the Canadian Shield. I googled it and found the wikipedia description interesting. I’ll admit, I was a tad disappointed that the name didn’t have anything to do with something involving Mounties…

"The Canadian Shield, also called the Laurentian Plateau, or Bouclier Canadien (French), is a large area of exposed Precambrian igneous and high-grade metamorphic rocks (geological shield) that forms the ancient geological core of the North American continent (North American or Laurentia craton), covered by a thin layer of soil. It is an area mostly composed of igneous rock which relates to its long volcanic history. It has a deep, common, joined bedrock region in Eastern and central Canada and stretches North from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean, covering over half of Canada; it also extends South into the Northern reaches of the United States. Human population is sparse, and industrial development is minimal, while mining is very prevalent." - Wikipedia

Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON

Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON

Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON
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The weather in Thunder Bay was warm, with gusts of wind, and breezes from Lake Superior. At 31,700 square miles of surface area, Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes.

That night, we ate out for the first time on our trip at a restaurant called Caribou. I thought the reviews sounded promising. The food was incredible! I had one of the best steaks, if not the best, that I have ever eaten in my life!

4 comments on Across Canada: The Great Lakes & Thunder Bay, ON

  • Darcy

    Em,
    The wide open and beautiful space behind the hotel is amazingly! What a wonderful spot! Your steak sounds great. Sally wants to know if maybe you brought Miles some scraps of steak in your purse? Chester is very relieved to see pics of Miles running around happy and healthy. Cherish these memories… Fun trip! Love you, Darcy, Chester and Sally

    • Emma (author)

      No, I was a jerk and ate the whole steak! Miles did however enjoy a nice bullystick while we were out.

      Miles’ favorite place I eat (!) is a local Mexican place. They put this crisped cheese roll on top of one of the dishes I get, and I always take it home for him. So he does get to eat out occasionally. 😉

  • Danielle

    Such lovely photos of Miles, back to his normal self!! What a beautiful place!!

    • Emma (author)

      It didn’t take long — pretty hardly little guys huh?

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