Manitoba and Ontario, Trans-Canada Highway to Thunder Bay, June 16-17

21 07 2008
Step in Tropical Manitoba

Step in Tropical Manitoba

We only made it about half an hour down the road before we decided we should stop for the night. Again, we got let in at the last possible minute at another RV campsite called Lilac Resort. Oh boy, I thought the other place was sort of fancy but Lilac Resort was over the top. It had about 150 sites and the vast majority of them were permanently occupied to the extent that the RV owners had built wooden wings onto their mo-hoes! There were all sorts of gardens and fences, and many amenities, including paddle boats, an outdoor movie stage, 2 arcades and a Tiki Lounge (which we never saw). But the centerpiece was 3 pools in a cluster all done up in Tiki mode with fake palm trees and grass umbrellaed tables all ‘round. All the pools had spitting wildlife statues and there were slides and stuff like that. The next morning we put on our MuuMuus and made use of that facility, which got us back into vacation mode, more of less.

The Good Life

The Good Life

So this was news to me, this whole mo-hoe culture I had been completely oblivious to until Manitoba. This made the sum total of my first-hand Manitoba experiences be about half mo-hoe resorts, which could, at some point in my cognitive life, morph into me thinking Manitoba is a cultural mecca of RV living. Which wouldn’t be a terrible legacy, I guess, especially if it’s confined only to my mind.

Not Scenic

Not Scenic

Yes, the highway from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay was the least interesting we had seen. It’s not that it’s flat, (which can actually be really interesting and beautiful) but that it’s congested with wires and billboards and roadside corporate fast food joints. Our brief stop in Kenora was singularly uneventful, except that I enjoyed that we could actually see the Canadian Shield (for some reason I had always thought of it to be subterranean, which it isn’t at all. Not only that, but it’s lush. I don’t know how so many trees can be growing out of what is basically solid rock. It’s a National Miracle!) About half way there it got to be more pretty sights.

Step in front of the Canadian Shield

Upsala warns visitors about mosquitoes
Upsala Warns Visitors

We stopped in a place called Upsala (Ontario) to try and make a phone call and photograph an interesting amateur sculpture of an enormous mosquito making dinner of a man. Only maybe it was meant more as a warning rather than art, because in the 5 minutes I was out of the car I got anklets of mosquito bites on both legs. I also didn’t kill a fruitfly and it bit me and it was my first (and so far only) blackfly bite. I thought blackflies were big like houseflies, but they are actually wee and bite a relatively big chunk of flesh out of you. The next day the bite was swollen like half a grape.

We arrived at our hosts’, Don and Melissa, quite late, and Don had a drink with us, introduced us to their dog Nelson (they also have a son named Fergus) and we all went to bed.

The Danger of Black Flies
The Danger of Black Flies

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