Monday, 7 July 2008
[1-Old Woman Bay at Lake Superior Provincial Park-click to enlarge]
In Lake Superior and in coastal streams and rivers, there are good populations of lake and rainbow trout, whitefish and three species of salmon. Inland waters offer good opportunities for catching lake and brook trout. To prevent the introduction on non-native species, live-bait fish is banned on interior park lakes.
There are canoe routes that range from easy to challenging, often involving stretches of white water. It is recommended to those wanting to canoe or kayak on the open waters of Lake Superior, that they be experienced enough to recognize and handle rapidly changing conditions.
[2-Lynx - click to enlarge]
This is a lynx in the wild (all the other photos I looked at were taken in zoos).
Wildlife often seen in the park are moose, limited numbers of white-tailed deer due to deep snow and severe winters, and sometimes bear. Other animals in the park are red squirrels, martens, red foxes, Canada lynx [photo] and timber wolves.
More than 250 bird species have been identified within the park: great blue heron, gulls, loons and several varieties of warblers.
[3-Agawa Canyon, Agawa Central Railroad - click to enlarge]
Ontario Parks states:
“From Lake Superior’s rugged coast, this park moves inland over mist-shrouded hills and deep canyons whose breathtaking beauty and rich autumn colours inspired Canada’s Group of Seven artists. The Coastal Trail and part of Highway 17 hug Lake Superior’s rugged, rocky coast through this park, offering spectacular, unimpeded views of the legendary moody blue waters. Along the park’s eastern border the Algoma Central Railway snakes through Agawa Canyon, thrilling sightseers and dropping off hiking and canoeing adventurers along the way. Don’t miss the pictographs at Agawa Rock, and the park’s new Visitor Centre.”
While Ontario Parks recommends the pictographs a warning sign awaits the visitor yearning to see these ancient drawings on the rocks, at the beginning of the trail:
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“WARNING: Death and injury have occurred here when highly unpredictable waves have washed visitors off the ledge into Lake Superior. Extreme caution is required beyond this point. Rocks and ledges are slippery!
Use extreme caution at all times.”
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The photographer went despite the warning to the ledge where in this photo you can see ropes ringed into the rock ledges, just in case a wave comes along.
This is one of many pictographs in this location:
[6-Agawa Rock pictograph - click to enlarge]
To help you locate the above-mentioned areas, a map:
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Photo Credits: -Calypso Orchid CC=nc-nd-flickr; -bullfrogphoto CC=nc-nd-flickr; -Corvair Owner CC=nc-flickr; -wonder_al CC=nc-flickr; -ladybugblue CC=nc-sa-flickr.