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Thunderbay, Ontario’s sleeping giant  or Nanabijou, the Spirit of The Deep Sea Water according to one Ojibway legend. Nanabijou was turned to stone when the secret location of a rich silver mine was disclosed. A beautiful view from our room at the @princearthurhotel , Thunderbay is one of those cities that we’ve stayed on the outskirts of our way west before but never explore. We had a lovely stay downtown, views of the waterfront and a really delicious meal at bight restaurant and bar. Dropping into Thunderbay for the night is highly recommended. If you stop at the Terry Fox monument the wonderful tourist centre can tell you everything you need to know😴
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@discoverontario @visitthunderbay #visittbay @ontariotravel #discoveron #roadtrip #vanlife Winter nights in small town northern Ontario have a distinct feel with their wide, snow covered main streets devoid of traffic either foot or vehicle. Wawa, home of the famous Wawa Goose monument lights up its downtown with a tribute to the famous Wawa Goose that has attracted visitors since 1963 🦆
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@wawa @wawatourism @ontariotravel @discoverontario @destinationnorthernontario @canamrv @mercedesbenzvansca #smalltowncharm #northernontario #rollydooley #roadtrip #roadtripcanada @bluejellyfishsup @fitforanythingadventures ...the big lake they called Gitche Gumee 🎶 *
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#lakesuperior #greatlakes #canadaroadtrip #rollydooley #roadtrip @discoverontario THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS 🚐💨
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Steering our new pal, Rolly Dooley across country on a wintery roadtrip to Vancouver Island ❄️
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#roadtripcanada #rollydooley #mercedessprinter #thegreattrail #vanlife @bluejellyfishsup #rollinrollinrollin #keepthemdogiesrollin @fitforanythingadventures @canamrv @mercedesbenzvansca The rain didn't stop Pam from her yoga routine on the Brudenell River in PEI during Canada Onboard's Canada 150 celebration. Wind and fog issues on Charlottetown Harbour meant a diversion to the broad Brudenell, whose placid surface was perfect for downward dogs 🧘‍♀️⠀
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We showed the flag right across Canada during our 150 birthday celebration, holding it tight here on a blustery September day on PEI. Weather and time limited us to a single paddle on an island which boasts plenty of on-water options🇨🇦⠀
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TRAINING DAY 2 – Cadboro Bay to Oak Bay

CADBORO BAY — The switch from Wild Renfrew to posh paddling along a millionaires’ row of seaside homes couldn’t have been more dramatic. The area is thick with Mercedes, Range Rovers and BMWs but the folks here share one common thread, a caution about powerful Baynes Channel.

Whether doctor or gardener, the warning was emphatic to steer clear of the ripping currents that run to 5 knots or more and that only the very experienced would want to Baynes Channel & Mount Baker
challenge. Local paddling groups recommend end-running the channel to get to Discovery and Chatham Islands, a world apart in feels yet just kilometres from downtown Victoria. From these shores you can look across the Haro Strait to the Cascades mountain range in the United States and its perpetually snow-capped gem, Mount Baker.

We planned to stick close to shore as I worked on my stroke under Pam’s watchful eye. And we lucked into a beautiful little rental cottage called Sunrise Garden Cottage about 50 metres to a launch point at Smugglers Cove on Ten Mile Point, Vancouver Island’s most eastern point.

Rum Running and Kelp Dodging

That’s where rum running boats loaded with liquor were launched to U.S. destinations during Prohibition in that country. And it may have been a location for incoming illicit drugs over time.
They dodged the authorities, we skirted big pods of kelp and rocks as we slipped through gaps in the rugged coast (once in reverse fashion as a tricky current spun us around). Pam scouted out the area on her own, making it down to Oak Bay and back in an impressive 90 minutes.

I was content to putz around smaller bays and enjoy the sight of a seal who popped out to check us out. It looked like a pup who had lost its way.

       

Want to Paddle Cadboro Bay?

The wide sweep of Cadboro Bay is popular with kids getting into the sport, its benign waters a good starting point. And there’s a little paddling business, Gyro Beach Board Shop, right in Cadboro Bay Village, which has paddleboards and kayaks for sale and rent.

Heaven In Victoria

Meantime, Sunrise Garden Cottage was a little slice of English heaven with classic furniture, a sunny patio and verdant garden.

Local Gastronomy

A couple of food recommendations here are The Penny Farthing Public House  in Oak Bay, where we had brilliant hamburgers made with brioche buns, and The Snug Pub at tony Oak Bay Beach Hotel, where a large sunny balcony affords a brilliant view of the bay and the food is fresh and stylishly presented at reasonable prices.

 

The lingering and deep sense of this pristine pocket of Victoria is twofold — that you can have an outdoorsy holiday in this city and in a short drive join 60,000 others for Victoria’s brilliant Canada Day celebration.

Canada Day celebrations in Victoria, B.C. An estimated 60,000 people enjoyed the events together.

Oh, Canada!! Happy 150th!

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