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Saturday June 17, 2006

Caliper Lake Provincial Park

This relatively unused park is on highway 71 between fort Francis and Kenora. We stayed here a number of years ago, and we were surprised at how the trees have rown since we wrere here before.

There are a number of walk-in campsites near the lake, great for tenters:

After a short stay, we are off to Winnipeg, heading for Riding Mountain National Park

Friday June 16, 2006

Quetico Provincial Park

We made the move to Quetico for an overnight stay, we have't been there for over 10 years.

The park has a number of seasonal campers in the Dawson campground, this seems to be helping to improve the usage of the facility.

There already are a large number of people canoeing in the park, from the quantity of cars in the lot at the canoe launch site.

There is still a lot of wildlife in the park:

A woodpecker working on a tree:

Some relatively tame ducks near the campsite:

Quetico was a great one-night stay and the lake looked very inviting for anyone with a canoe

Thursday June 15, 2006

Back to the Thunder Bay KOA

We are back in Thunder Bay, getting provisions in preparation for heading west, we will probably be in Quetico Provincial Park tomorrow.

Wednesday June 14, 2006

Second day at Armstrong

Today it is quite warm, a great day to take the dogs over to Mackenzie lake to cool them off!

Kasey is showing his fine swimming style!

We had to make a dump run, and ran into "Moose" and a local bear

Tuesday June 13, 2006

Armstrong Station

We made it up to Armstrong Station (about 240 Km. north of Thunder Bay), and we are tucked into our daughter and son-in-law's driveway. We plan to be here for a couple of days, enjoying the countryside and the pleasant company. We had a great campfire in the evening, the bugs were kept at bay with quantities of DEET.

Armstrong was the site of the Pinetree defense system after the second world war ( the forerunner of the Dew Line), a radar base set up to detect Soviet bombers before they entered southern Canadian/American airspace.

We have some pictures of the remains of the old station that we took last year:

This picture shows the remnants of the larger radome, now used as a base for an antenna

This is the smaller radome

An interior view of some of the "electronics" under the top of the radome. It's amazing how large the electrical panels were, before the time of integrated circuits and transistors.

A view from the base of the smaller radome, looking towards the larger radome

a link to an interesting web site that covers the history of the Armstrong site and other Pinetree sites:

Monday June 12, 2006

Lost web pages!

I'm not sure what happened (blame Bill Gates!) but all the web pages prior to Pakaskwa disappeared, and I broke the cardinal rule  (save, save, save!).

Oh well, if anyone needs info on the provincial parks that we visited, pease ask!

Thunder Bay KOA

We are spending a night here! The good news is that there are no bugs to speak of, the bad news is that we are in between the Trans Canada highway and a main rail line, so it's not the quietest place on the planet.We provisioned in Thunder BAy, and tomorrow we head for Armstrong.

We look forward to the visit!

Sunday June 11, 2006


Pukaskwa National Park


We arrived at Pukaskwa just before noon today. Unfortunately, we could not get a clear shot at the satellite, so this post is being included from Thunder Bay.


There are about 4 other campers here, and 2 new trainee park attendants. The temperatures have increased and in the trees, there is little wind. Occasionally, cool drafts come off the lake, keeping the mosquitoes at bay.


We wanted to take the Halfway Lake trail, but blown down trees and staircases that moved off their foundations during the winter prevented us from taking it.


We had some pictures of the trail in the computer from last year:


Instead, we spent some time on the beach, and Kasey enjoyed his usual swim in the +4C water!

The north shore of Superior is rugged and unspoiled. The driftwood comes in and piles up on the shore, making great raw material for kids to make forts with.

The rocky shoreline is beautiful; Pukaskwa has some trails over and around these rocks.

We are off to Thunder Bay to spend a day at the KOA, after that, we head for Armstrong to see Cam and Chantal.