26/5/17 - 1/6/17 15 °C
We camped in Birds' Hill PP just north of Winnipeg for the weekend. After doing laundry and hanging our undies from the line, we went to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Market at the Forks. The Museum is spectacular, both in and out. Too much to see in one visit but we managed to glimpse most of the gallery exhibits on the 7 floors. Canada's record on human rights is hardly stellar and the gallery focussing on our own past and present issues is very moving. The Market at The Forks (situated on old CPR property) is a great place to grab a bite to eat or just browse about. It was Asian Heritage Day so there were lots of people in costume, dancing, singing, etc. The Forks is very much like Granville Island in Vancouver and what Eau Claire Market in Calgary should be like.
We really liked downtown Winnipeg: cool, old buildings. Kath bought a Jets cap. She likes gritty teams!
The next day we escaped some rain in Polo Park shops then spent a delicious evening at the home of our friends, Don and Lorraine, who we first met while camping at Waterfowl Lakes a few years ago. After our bbq we drove a short distance to St. Boniface Cathedral to see Riel's grave.
After packing up at Bird's Hill we drove the River Road north to Lower Fort Garry, an HBC transhipment fort with many of its original buildings on their original sites. The Fort dates from the 1820s. The Smithy made Kathy a nail which she threatens to stab Larry with if he's nasty.
Kenora was our next pit stop for groceries then on to Blue Lake PP. The granite of the Canadian Shield is pink so the TC Hwy is pinkish too. Spring has just sprung in NW Ontario and the birch leaves are just popping. Hard for us Victorians to get our minds around such a late season. It snowed big time here just a week ago and temps are still cool.
Today we're in Winnie the Pooh country, White River, Ont headed to Pancake Bay PP north of The Sault! Hope the birch syrup is ready!