Adventures to be had, memories to be made...we are committed to exploring and experiencing all that Northern Ontario has to offer us. Our plan is to immerse ourselves in the rugged beauty and vast vistas one step at time.
Friday afternoon of the long weekend, sunshine reflecting off the lake, wind rustling through the trees, old growth forest and rock, and spending time with friends. Where else would you rather be? One of this blog's readers recommended the trail to the Massasauga lighthouse as being quite beautiful, so that was our destination.
Canada's railroad united the country. It permitted people to travel from west coast to east coast and from north to south. The Canadian Atlantic Railway was a North American railway located in Quebec, Vermont and Ontario. It has since been decommissioned and turned into a walking trail. In Parry Sound on Oastler Lake you can pick it up and wander for many kilometres. We walked seven kilometres through lake, old growth forest, moss-covered rocks, pretty open expanses and bridges spanning rivers. There were benches along the trail engraved in memory of various people and lots of natural beauty all around. My friends and my daughter's dog were good company as we explored. But no lighthouse...
Parry Sound is known for being a cottage country community in northern Ontario with almost 7,000 permanent residents and at least double that during the warmer months. It has the deepest natural freshwater port. It is also the largest freshwater archipelago with 30,000 islands. With numerous lakes dotting the landscape in and around Parry Sound and three provincial parks, there is a lot to see and do. The downtown is simple and located on the water with the railroad in the background and the lake in front. We enjoyed Salty Dog ice cream after our walk while sitting looking at the Island Queen cruise boat that explores the islands. Still no lighthouse...
We checked out Oastler Lake Provincial Park, which has a lovely beach...but no lighthouse. There is also Massasauga Provincial Park which is great for boating...but no lighthouse. Finally we checked Killbear Provincial Park. Jackpot! Killbear has a lighthouse.
Parry Sound made for a relaxing and enjoyable day. The town is small and facilitates the enjoyment of summer. As for the elusive lighthouse, I now know it is in Killbear Provincial Park, not Massasauga, and will be back to see it someday soon.
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