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Thunder Bay, Ontario

Terry Fox Memorial and Kakabeka Falls

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Thunder Bay is our first contact with Lake Superior. The largest of the Great Lakes, it could contain all the other Great Lakes plus 3 more lakes the size of Lake Erie. In Gordon Lightfoot's song "The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" he refers to Gitchee Gumee, which is the Ojibway name for Lake Superior, meaning "Big Sea" or "Huge Water".

While there we visited the memorial site for Terry Fox. Terry was a young man that lost his right leg to cancer. In 1980, he started a run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He started at the Atlantic Ocean and ran 26 miles a day. Imagine on his artificial leg running the distance of a marathon every day. He ended his run after 143 days and 3,339 miles near Thunder Bay. His cancer had returned and he died in 1981 at the age of 22. He had hoped to earn $24 million ($1 from each Canadian). At the time he had raised $1.7 million. But annual runs have continued, in his name, raising over $650 million. He is a true Canadian Hero. The site of the memorial is a beautiful park overlooking Thunder Bay and Lake Superior.

Another day we drove to Kakabeka Falls (31 km), we were surprised by it's volume. It is the second largest falls in Ontario and it rivals Niagara Falls in sound and beauty. We took advantage of the day and went for a hike, and we enjoyed a picnic lunch within sight of the falls.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba


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We spent a week in Winnipeg visiting family, the legislature building, the zoo (to see the incredible polar bear swim around while you stand in a glass tunnel), The Forks, Canadian Museum on Human Rights, Gimli Beach on Lake Winnipeg and several walks along the Red River. The weather was great although windy at times.

The Forks is a meeting and green space in downtown Winnipeg. The name relates to where the Red River and the Assiniboine River meet. There was music playing in several areas of The Forks, and we enjoyed meals at a couple of restaurants there (Smith at the Inn at the Forks, and Muddy Waters Smokehouse & BBQ). We walked along the Red Riverwalk from the legislature building to The Forks and back. We walked over 15,000 steps that day, but it was an enjoyable walk along the river.

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights besides being in a unique architectural building, shares the importance of Human Rights. There is a spectacular view of Winnipeg from the top and I would recommend first taking the elevator to the top and walking down the various levels. Cost for two seniors was $26, and we both felt it was worth the money. We spent two hours there and we definitely could have spent more time.

We found it interesting that in Winnipeg, Louis Riel is honored as the founding father of Manitoba and there is a statue honoring him on the legislature grounds. Whereas when we were in Saskatchewan he is cast as the 1885 rebellions leader along with Metis and the First Nations and he was hung for treason.

In Saskatchewan we learned the fate of Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear) who gave himself up and was also tried for treason. He was sentenced to three years in Stoney Mountain Penitentiary. He was released in 1887, but died less than a year later. What was of particular interest to us was receiving a copy of a copy of a letter dated June 2, 1885 that my deceased uncle had in a folder about the rebellion. It was sent to Big Bear demanding he turn himself in "If you do not. I shall pursue, and destroy you, and your band, or drive you into the woods to starve".

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Brandon, Manitoba


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While in Brandon we did a walking tour of historical homes. We purchased a guide book for $3.50 at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. It was a beautiful day for a walk, and the guidebook had great details about the various houses.

We also visited the Commonwealth Airtraining Museum for training Royal Canadian Air Force pilots. In addition to the artifacts and interesting historical information, we spent about an hour talking to a volunteer who is rebuilding a Fairey Battle training aircraft. He is a retired teacher originally from Britain. He has a real passion for both his project and WWII history.

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Fort Battleford, in Battleford Saskatchewan

Canadian National Historic Site

Right next to where we were camped was Fort Battleford, a National Historic site. And as it was free admission in 2017, we took advantage of the free admission. It did cost us $7.80 for a guided tour, which turned out to be a private tour that lasted an hour and a half.

The significance of this site is that it was used during the Louis Riel Rebellion of 1885. Where the Metis and First Nations had an uprising against the dominion government and the British crown. 500 local people sought refuge at the Fort during the rebellion. Eleven men were hanged for treason, including Louis Riel. It was interesting to hear what the issues were, and what went right and what went wrong during this short lived Rebellion. One interesting fact is the judge that found these men guilty of treason had his house burned down during the rebellion.

On this trip, my American husband is learning lots about Canadian history😊👍

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Drumheller Alberta

Dinosaurs

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Why do travelers visit Drumheller? Besides the incredible views of the badlands and hoodoos, it is the Royal Tyrrell (Dinosaur) Museum. The badlands in the Red River Valley are 72 million years old. Apparently, Alberta has the greatest dinosaur diversity in the world, and new finds occur every year. A new addition, currently being called Nodosaurs was just recently put on display to the public. It is unique in the it still has its skin and inards intact.

What I particularly like about the displays in addition to the fossils, is the life size painting of what the dinosaur may have looked like intact.

For more info on this museum, visit: www.tyrrellmuseum.com

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