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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.

Posted by Mo-natravels 03:11 Archived in Canada Tagged waterfalls and terry fox

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