Friday, May 27, 2022

Sault Ste Marie to Marathon Ont

Lake Superior view

We took things slower today. After a quiet comfortable night at Walmart we got the van filled with diesel ($2.19 at a PetroCan) and one of our 10 lb propane tanks refilled. Our little heater ran out of propane just before we got up, good timing as it got pretty cool overnight. 

Here's a shopping cart gatherer having fun in the water:

He had just taken the whole train through the puddle in front of the van. Could have been shocking, with the electric cart pusher!

Then leaving the somewhat hectic morning traffic of Sault Ste Marie behind, we headed north towards Wawa. It's a beautiful drive from SSM to Wawa on the Trans-Canada Highway. There was some fog early on, but things cleared up nicely later. We took our time, dropping in to several viewing areas and picnic spots. Water levels are high, so lots of little (and not so little) waterfalls around.

Cathie braved the sometimes slippery rocks

And of course lots of Lake views. The views of the coast from SSM to Wawa actually seem better than the ones across the top of Superior. There are fewer trees, and many stopping places through the large Lake Superior Provincial Park. 

One of the special stops on past Wawa is Old Woman Bay, with its beautiful beach:

Along the way we had a quick look at 2 Cranes (Sandhill maybe?) along the road. They got quite skittish when we stopped, and quickly faded back into the forest:

We also came across a reminder of the hazards of the road. No tractor remains were visible, so we think only the trailer part of the truck rig burned, and hope the driver was ok.

And here we are, with an early camp in a nice park run by the town of Marathon, Penn Lake Park:

A few ducks are dabbling around in the little lake:


  1. Nice shots of Old Woman Bay. I love the wisps of fog over the road and the water. I haven’t received notifications for your last two posts. As always I love following along on your adventures!

  2. Beautiful photos - I especially love the ones with the fog.

  3. We have camped there many times.

  4. Love the scenery,,,,,really must get a trip in this summer!!!!

  5. Your Lake Superior trips make me want to head back there again right now... but since we were just there last summer I expect it will be a few years. Such a stunningly beautiful area. I have a few pics almost identical to the one you took of the coloured pebbles with the wave crashing over them. Seeing some of your scenery pics I can close my eyes and almost feel myself back there.

  6. Beautiful Scenery!