Stopping at a roadside picnic spot for a break led to a tiny dip. If you are mammalian, I don’t recommend going further in than this before the May long weekend.
The Canadian Shield is a vast and beautiful area of the country.
The Süss Music Spring Tour 2011 travelled across it by hatchback, managing to avoid collision with, but attaining sights of moose, deer, crane, rodent and fox.
There is a twinning project of the 17 Highway between Toronto and Thunder Bay, so there were incredible stretches of newly blasted open granite, shale, and marbled quartz. The colours were stunning and varied.
Climbing this rockface proved to be an excellent break from sitting in the hatchback. I loved the visceral connection of the sunshine on my skin, the warmed rock face, and the dangerous climb up the sage and purple shale, sometimes in sturdy outcroppings, sometimes peeling off in giant slivers and tiny sheets.