Kakabeka to Thunder Bay

Cycling into Thunder Bay from Kakabeka today will be a short, easy 30-35 km ride. It is still quite cold and there is still a significant wind. The nice thing is that a few km down highway 17 (Trans-Canada) my Garmin directs me off the highway onto back streets that although narrow have little to no traffic. In a little over an hour l’m in town awaiting Deb.

We have decided to spend the night at Fort Williams National Historic Site. Fort Williams is an accurate re-creation of the North West Company’s inland headquarters for their fur trading business, as it was in 1816.

Adjacent to the Fort there is a camping area that we find is just a wide open field with washrooms and showers located in trailers. At $35 for the night including water and hydro it is a bargain. As a bonus, once we are checked in we discover they have the best wi-fi to date.

There is an afternoon tour of the fort and we decide to take it. We are told it is a guided, walking tour and will take 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Surprisingly there are 24 people on the tour. With the temperature as cold as it is and a cold wind it is almost uncomfortable. The group has so many questions that the tour takes close to two hours.

Practically frozen and not wanting to shower in an unheated trailer we looked for alternatives. There isn’t a YMCA but they do have a Canada Games Complex. The facility was built to host the 1981 Canada Summer Games. The building features a large pool, indoor fitness areas, a fitness testing area, an indoor track, sauna, whirlpool etc. For seniors admission is $7.00. A swim, steam and a shower is perfect.

Leaving the complex we decide to go out for dinner at the Keg. After a nice steak dinner with a bottle of wine we head back to our RV in the field. We are expecting the overnight temperature to drop close to freezing.

Approaching Fort William
The head guys digs.
A 36 foot, handmade, birch bark canoe.

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