Abenteuer im Norden Ontarios

Toronto – Tobermory – Manitoulin Island – Sault Ste Marie – Lake Superior Küste – Thunder Bay

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Willkommen im wunderschönen weiten Norden von Ontario – einer Region voller rauer natürlicher Schönheit und mit vielen Möglichkeiten, die herrliche Natur zu genießen. Es ist eine kanadische Landschaft  wie aus dem Bilderbuch, entdecke endlose boreale Wälder, unzählige Flüsse und Seen. Obwohl dünn besiedelt, bietet der Norden ein vielfältiges Angebot an kulturellen Sehenswürdigkeiten und einigen naturnahen, urbanen Zentren. Egal wo Du Dich hier befindest, es gibt viel zu sehen und zu erleben. Diese Reise ist entweder im Wohnmobil oder per Auto zu empfehlen. Die Straßen sind gut angebunden und leicht zu befahren, und nebenbei bieten sie eine malerische Kulisse entlang der großen Seen.

Vier Personen stehen vorne auf einem Boot, während es durch einen felsigen Kanal navigiert

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Toronto und Niagara Falls to Tobermory 

Dein Abenteuer in Ontario beginnt mit Toronto und den Niagarafällen. Du fährst nach Norden, nach Tobermory, das an der Spitze der Bruce-Halbinsel, zwischen dem Lake Huron und der Georgian Bay gelegen ist. Der Bruce Peninsula National Park bietet eine raue Landschaft und zahlreiche Wanderwege. Hier befindet sich auch der Fathom Five National Marine Park – ein Unterwasser-Marinepark, in dem Sporttaucher zwischen Schiffswracks und natürlichen Hindernissen tauchen können. Wenn Du lieber trocken bleiben möchtest, mach eine Tour auf dem Glasbodenboot. Übernachtung in Tobermory. 

Manitoulin Island 

A two-hour cruise on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry takes you from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island.   It’s sparsely populated and an outdoor paradise, with incredible hiking and paddling. Wikwemikong Tourism offers visitors unique opportunities to immerse themselves in rich Indigenous history and traditions through nature based and cultural tours. Their guides will take you on a journey through time as you learn of the legends of their people while exploring the vast lands and waters of Wikwemikong.  Overnight on Manitoulin Island.  

Sault Ste Marie 

You will leave Manitoulin Island on the north side, via a bridge to the mainland and travel west to Sault Ste. Marie – a city at the heart of three Great Lakes. Surrounded by spectacular wilderness, “The Soo” makes an ideal starting point for local outdoor excursions and eco-adventures. Get a sense of the area’s pioneering spirit at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.  

Board the Agawa Canyon Tour Train for a trip alongside unspoiled northern lakes, awe-inspiring granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. The train operates from late June to early October; fall is one of the best times to visit, when the forest is ablaze with colour. See the sites where Ontario’s famous Group of Seven artists painted their vibrant landscapes.   Commentary is provided in six languages including English throughout the coaches and in French, German, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin via wireless headset. 

OPTIONAL ROUTE:  If time does not allow further exploration west along Lake Superior, you could head back east to Sudbury, the urban hub of Northeastern Ontario and an important mining centre. Go underground on a one-of-a-kind mining tour at Dynamic Earth. Get interactive at Science North – a high-tech centre for exploring the mysteries of science – and experience an incredible IMAX 3D film. From here you would continue south to Toronto, via North Bay and Algonquin Park. 

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS:   Book a float plane for a fly-in fishing experience in the wilderness, at a lodge such as Lodge Eighty Eight or Pine Portage Lodge.   Feast on a fresh shore lunch, a Northern Ontario tradition. 

Lake Superior Coast 

If times allows, your journey continues west along shoreline of Lake Superior, a route full of breathtaking scenery, and recognized as one of the “top drives” in Canada. As you drive along the coastline, explore scenic provincial and national parks. Try stand-up paddling or enjoy a sea-kayaking adventure on Lake Superior; companies such as Naturally Superior Adventures provide guided options. Discover ancient Ojibway pictograph, hike the spectacular Coastal Trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park and paddle along the shoreline in Pukaskwa National Park. Witness striking sunsets over the world’s largest freshwater lake. 

Thunder Bay 

Picturesque Thunder Bay is the main centre of Northwestern Ontario and the perfect home base for day adventures. Meet voyageurs, traders and Indigenous people reliving the drama of the fur trade at Fort William Historical Park, the world’s largest reconstructed fur trade post.  Choose from variety of sailing, zodiac and catamaran tours, of various durations, with Sail Superior. Marvel at spectacular 330 ft (100 m) deep Ouimet Canyon, home to rare Arctic plants or hike to the tip of the Sleeping Giant rock formation. Discover the powerful cataracts of Kakabeka Falls, the ‘Niagara of the North.’  

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS:   Book a float plane for a fly-in fishing experience at a remote fishing lodge such as Wilderness North. Or visit Quetico Provincial Park, one of the great canoeing and camping destinations in the world.  Further west is the magnificent Lake of the Woods region and Kenora

Note:  This itinerary has been presented as one way.  If you are using an RV, you would need to retrace your route to Toronto or continue on to a Calgary depot.  If you have a rental vehicle, you could retrace your route to Toronto or ask your travel agent about a one-way rental between Toronto and Thunder Bay or Winnipeg, allowing you to return to Toronto by air. 

DRIVING DISTANCES: 

Toronto to Manitoulin Island: 6 h 38 min / 364 km 

MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry crossing: 2 h crossing of Georgian Bay. 

Manitoulin Island to Sault Ste. Marie: 4 h 10 min / 340 km 

Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa: 2 h 40 min / 230 km 

Wawa to Thunder Bay: 5 h 25 min / 477 km 

Thunder Bay to Kenora: 5 h 30 min / 490 km 

DISTANCE: 1900 km 

Depart from Toronto on Hwy#410. 

Turn onto Hwy#10 to Owen Sound. 

Take Hwy#6 up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory. 

Board the MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island (2 hr crossing of Georgian Bay). 

Hwy#6 off the island joining up with Hwy#17 to Sault Ste. Marie. 

Continue north on HWY#17 to Wawa. 

Departing from Wawa, continue on HWY#17 north to Thunder Bay. 

Depart west from Thunder Bay on HWY#17. 

Turn left onto HWY#11 

Continue on HWY#11 to HWY#71. 

Follow HWY #71 north to Kenora. 

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 17. Februar 2022 um 00:00:00 GMT-5