Canada – Manitoulin Island

The plan was to drive from Sudbury to Killarney National Park, do a short hike (there were a 2 km and a 4 km loop hikes) and then drive to Manitoulin Island, spend the night there, explore the island some more, drive to Wawa, spend a night there, and then drive back and take the ferry back to “mainland”. A lot of our plans changed and the planned hike failed even more spectacularly and is now known as the most pathetic hike we’ve ever done. πŸ˜€

Killarney National Park was about 100 km from Sudbury and it took about an hour and a half to drive there. The weather for once wasn’t super hot and humid, but rather pleasant after the rain. We parked, paid for entrance to the national park, applied a bunch of mosquito repellent, and headed to one of the trails. We were like 5 meters into the woods when the mosquitos started their attack. We were walking pretty fast, but they were just coming from all sides and didn’t seem to mind the repellent at all. I think we managed to walk for all of the 10 minutes before deciding that this is absolutely not worth it and turning back. We got into our car smelling like mosquito repellent, sporting a few mosquito bites, and drove the 100 km back, because that was the only way out. I managed to take a couple of pics from the road, so the nature was very pretty, but I think that hiking on that day would have required a hazmat suit. Worst hike ever! πŸ˜€

329_Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

332_Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park

We drove all the way to the farthest tip of the Manitoulin Island and stayed at the Meldrum Bay Inn. The route was quite pretty, but still the overwhelming impression was that it’s exactly like Finland or Sweden. πŸ˜‰

337_The Meldrum Bay Inn
The Meldrum Bay Inn
338_Meldrum Bay
Meldrum Bay
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Meldrum Bay

As it was already quite late, we were happy to eat at the hotel restaurant. The food was quite good, but the portions were too big. I woud’ve really liked to try the dessert as well, but it was just impossible to eat anything else after eating such a huge plate.

345_The Meldrum Bay Inn Restaurant
The Meldrum Bay Inn Restaurant

Our original plan was to drive all the way to Wawa because the road goes on the shore of Lake Superior and apparently the drive is beautiful. But so all the other scenic drives were supposed to be as well according to our guidebook and they all turned to be rather average. I mean pretty, yeah, but not something I would even stop to take pictures off. I know how this sounds, but when you have grown amongst same landscapes, it really is just the average nature to you. πŸ™‚ Also it was a rather long drive and we would’ve needed to come back the same way, so we decided to change our plans and cancelled our hotel in Wawa the night before.

346_Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island
348_Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island

We were supposed to do another short hike, but once again, as soon as we stopped, the mosquitoes started attacking our car, so we went “Heeeeeellll, no!” and drove away. πŸ˜€ So all our pictures are quick stops along the road.

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Manitoulin Island
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Manitoulin Island

It was very foggy and the atmosphere on the island felt very calm. There was a boat on the water and you couldn’t see water at all.

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Manitoulin Island – Fog
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Manitoulin Island

We quickly stopped at Bridal Veil Falls and walked the short staircase down to the water, where you can swim as well.

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Bridal Veil Falls
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Bridal Veil Falls
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Bridal Veil Falls
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Bridal Veil Falls

We also did a quick stop at Split Rail Brewing. It seems that no matter how small a town in Canada, it has its own micro brewery.

367_Split Rail Brewing Co
Split Rail Brewing Co

When we arrived at the ferry departure spot, they said that they couldn’t say whether we would be able to get on the ferry, but encouraged us to wait. In the end ferry was late due to the weather conditions and us and some 10-15 cars in front of us were not able to make the ferry. The next ferry departure was like four hours away, so we decided not to wait for it and drive instead. It was annoying that we wasted an hour and a half just waiting. You would think that they could estimate better how many cars will fit into the ferry. This route is apparently more popular than I thought, so in hindsight we should’ve booked the tickets in advance. We considered it, but weren’t sure whether we would be in time to make this ferry departure.

368_Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island
370_Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island

The fog was so thick that you could barely see the ferry and it was huge!

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Manitoulin Island
374_The Little Current Swing Bridge
The Little Current Swing Bridge

We arrived in London very late. We kind of chose the city at random and after the long drive just wanted to grab something to eat. We chose The Keg as it was the best in the neighbourhood, which isn’t saying much as the competition was a million different fast food places, but at least it was still open and serving food at 11 p.m. The food was actually quite okay and the steak was good.

377_The Keg
The Keg

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