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Canadian Art Trek: Sault Saint Marie

April 13, 2013

Day 2: Sault Ste. Marie

Canadian Art Trek

 On day two of my trek, I traveled from Parry Sound to Sault Ste. Marie. I didn’t get a chance to make any art today due to a spring snowstorm that pelted Southern Ontario with freezing rain and Northern Ontario with a blizzard. I was able to keep on schedule by leaving Parry Sound early in the morning before the highway was closed between Pointe au Baril and Sudbury. Sault Ste. Marie was bustling after the storm and I was never more happy to reach my quiet and clean hotel next to the St. Mary’s River. The harbour seems quiet this time of year but this will soon change whenever spring decides to arrive. I was also very pleased to find that the ship Norgoma has a home in this city and has been turned into a museum. The Norgoma is the sister ship of the Norisle. Norgoma and Norisle were car ferries that operated between Tobermory and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. My grandfather has often told me stories of his various travels on these ships in the 1960s and how they were notorious for sea-sickness. Tobermory now offers a comfortable ride on the M.S Chi-Cheemaun which has been in operation since 1974. The ship Norisle is currently docked in Manitowaning on Manitoulin Island.Image

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