Quetico Picture Gallery
Quetico Provincial Park, north-west of Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a special
place for any canoeist. Full of echoes of history- of the First Nations who
lived here, of the explorers and fur trade canoes that passed through, and of
the thousands of canoeists who have enjoyed, explored and travelled through its
many lakes, portages, beneath the rocks and trees of the Canadian Shield. With
our friends from the U.S., Dan and Marty, we spent two weeks here in the summer
of 2003 and captured many of our favourite moments on film. We plan to return
There is something about the canoe stroke that is soothing. You never
lose or forget how to paddle. The paddle enters the water, and your sense
of movement begins and therapy begins. Enjoy with us our feelings of joy,
calmness, and freedom.
This was an important part of our journey. We look for traces of our
past, seen through the eyes of our native people. As we search under the
rock overhangs, we imagine how the pictographs were painted and the imagination
they must have had.
This is one of the reasons why we go out to the wilderness. Lazing
around, reading books, maps, enjoying friends' company, oh the paddling,
sunsets, you know, and of course the beauty of our country.
My apologies for the 760 pictures (digital of course) taken on our trip to
Quetico. I thought there were many more pictures of the fauna to share with
you. When reviewing our collection I realized that perhaps I should take
more of the flowers. It was not because of the lack of opportunity.
We are lucky to see the animals we do when we travel. We unfortunately
missed seeing bears that had been reported. But that was OK. However
we did see many other creatures on this trip. In particular the excitement
shared when we saw many bald eagles throughout the park.
Things You See
We all go on trips and I am sure all of us see things that you might
say, "Oh that's interesting, that's cool, oh that is sure different or
unusual". Well, I do and so I decided to take pictures of just a few
of these things. Now be nice, and enjoy.
Ah, the only reason to go tripping would be, of course, lunches on a rock
face while you are paddling along and decide, heh why not stop here. And
of course the suppers at the end of the day. Here are a few.
Well here we are, at the end of the day and a perfect campsite. Yeh,
yeh, I have said it before that we always look for the perfect one, and every
day at day's end we have found it. Enjoy these as we did.
If you enjoy fishing and throwing your line out while on your camping trips,
Quetico is the ideal place. You must have a great appetite as there are
lots of opportunity to "catch the big one". Here are some of the
lunches and suppers we had. Catching different types of fish with the same
lure was unusual and such a thrill. This is all I will say, other than I
will not tell you what lure and you will have to find your own fishing
spots. Check out the bald eagle swooping in to pick up some fish innards
we left on the rock outcropping.
Highlight this-it is a goody!
This is just another reason why we enjoy the outdoors. To
spend a little of our time with good friends, and, to have the opportunity to be
with the one you love, to share all of this, with each other. It don't
get any better, yeh, yeh, I know, " it does not get any
better". Here are a few of our favourites.
Ah such beauty!
All the daydreams we have each time we start to organize
ourselves for our next adventure. The joy and laughter we share as we
discuss what to take, and who is going to remember all of the "things"
we must have. But we know the reasons why the preparation is so
enjoyable--the therapy we are allowed to have when we are on all of our
trips. Share with us a little of the "sessions we had on this
Grey skies one night, magnificent coloured skies another, a
lonely tree, the moon reflecting on the water as Kathleen relaxes, and the
Our last night in Quetico Provincial Park, on a rock, looking
at the setting sun and the rising moon. Asking each other about our
happiness and love