Ottawa, Ontario – Goulais River, Ontario
Day 4: 816 kilometres – 9 hours – Fuel: $33
We left our sunny capital today and headed west once again on the trans-canada. We drove until we came to Mettawa and stopped at Timmies (the real MVP on this trip.) and continued on until Sudbury. Oh Sudbury, home to the giant nickel! A very interesting stop. You pay six dollars to get up close to it, but if you’re out in forty-five minutes you get a full refund! So, we got the photo, made a bathroom stop and continued on our way. You could also go down into the nickel mine if you wanted to!
Somewhere between Sudbury and Sault-Ste. Marie we stopped at a picnic spot on the side of the road! It was a bit buggy, but not too bad as there was a lovely river flowing behind us. The canola fields are a beautiful golden yellow, brightening the landscape up. Fields of Gold by Sting got stuck in my head for way too long.
We also stopped at an Amish farm along the way and bought the most delicious oatmeal cookies. I can’t even describe how amazing they were! We also bought a pint of strawberries – fresh, local strawberries! Ontario’s growing season is much farther ahead then in Cape Breton.
About 9 hours later we reached our Airbnb in Goulais River, Ontario. It is v. Secluded and extremely buggy, but also incredibly beautiful and peaceful! If you’re driving across Canada, it’s one of those places where you can’t avoid it. Literally. You have to pass through it unless you’re driving through the states. It’s a perfect place to break up the drive. I also highly recommend Airbnb! Generally speaking, all of the hosts are very welcoming and accommodating. You just have to do your research! We were welcomed with open arms and a warm smile!
We settled in and then drove up the road to hike to a falls. It was an easy-moderate hike. The sign says 2-3 hours, but we went left and took a 20 minutes hike. The black flies, deer flies and mosquitoes were incredible. They were so bad! Definitely reccomend this hike for the morning, or else be prepared! Hoods, jeans, mosquito nets, and bug spray (a lot of it!) The falls were beautiful though.
We drove back to our Airbnb — I firmly have decided that I enjoy nature, to an extent, maybe even from afar and man made nature takes on an all new meaning. Jokes, but seriously, be prepared for little monsters (bugs) if/when hiking in N. Ontario!
Tomorrow’s destination: Somewhere even more north, Ontario. (We haven’t decided where we’ll stop yet.)