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07 October 2013

Cross Canada and Back, Part 60


Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Thursday 15 September 2011, day 123


We went for a long drive around Manitoulin island. Small villages, small farms, some cottages and a lot of bush land and grass. Manitoulin Island is the largest lake Island in the world.

We drove from Sheguiandah to M'Chigeeng. We dropped into some arts and crafts stores. In one they had all kinds of original native art and handicrafts.

They also had a small museum in the back mostly with porcupine quill baskets and cedar baskets. I
Anders in front of door.
Anders going shopping
just bought some trinkets like all tourists.

Quill baskets with native birds and animals they had behind a glass enclosure were exquisite. I loved one with a Blue Heron on a small box with relief tail feathers. But it was way  over $350.00, so we drove on.

Yesterday we looked at some humorous native paintings at the Ten Mile Point Gallery. We loved one of the paintings, but decided that we do not have the space to display more paintings.

Today we continued our journey through Kagawong to Goore Bay.

This area of the island seams to have more agriculture going. Some of the field are looked after and dairy cows or cattle are grazing.

Anders driving truck in late afternoon
Getting late in the day. Happy Hour anyone?
We drove back over Honora and Aundeck Omnikaning to Little Current. There we shopped for some food and Anders washed the truck.

I visited Manitoulin Island in 1968 and looked at a very colourful Pow Wow. The dancers were incredible. Anders and I were too late in the season this time to see any special presentations.

Just looking at the 2013 calendar, all the Pow Wows were from June to the 1st of September. Too bad. A good reason to go back.

This was our last evening on this island.  We made supper and prepared sandwiches for the road next day.

The next day we started driving west towards home.

Here are some shortcuts to all the blogs from our Cross Canada Trip. Just hover over the number to see where it will take you

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11,   12,  13,  14,  15,  16,  17,  18,  19,  20

21,   22,  23,  24,  25,  26,  27,  28,  29,  29b

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