Ontario is Canada's second largest province by area and the most populous with over 38% of the country's population. However 94% of the people live within Toronto and its surrounding suburbs that make up only 10% of the territory, leaving a vast area to be explored. Having already experienced the sights and sounds of Toronto we decided it would be interesting to see what some of the other places had to offer. After arriving at Pearson Airport we rented a car and headed north for Sudbury, our first planned overnight stop.
In Parry Sound we stopped at the Francis Pegahmagabow statue that was erected posthumously to honour the most decorated Indigenous soldier of the First World War, and its most effective sniper with 378 kills. Treated shabbily by the Department of Indian Affairs authorities when he returned to Canada he spent the rest of his life fighting for Indigenous rights.
Left Thunder Bay and headed out on Highway 11 to our next stop in Cochrane, a scenic 700+ km road running through more Canadian forest and muskeg and very few towns, but also devoid of any moose, inspite of signs every mile or so advising us to watch out for them.