Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: September 2021
Batchawana Bay Provincial Park is located along the Lake Superior shoreline close to Sault Ste. Marie. It was named after the Ojibwe phrase for “current at the straight” or “narrows and swift water there” as there’s a strong current between Batchawana Island and Sand Point where the lake narrows. The Ojibwe believed this was caused by an underwater spirit about to surface. Batchawana Bay is a day-use park and has limited activities and facilities. It features a beautiful sandy beach. The bay itself is nice and shallow and is reputed to have the warmest water along the Lake Superior shoreline.
On our drive from Pancake Bay Provincial Park to Sault Ste. Marie, we stopped at Batchawana Bay to check out the beach since it was along the way.
It was windy and the water was wavy. It was also late in the day and the sun was starting to set, which casted a nice glow on the horizon.
It took a bit of convincing, but I managed to persuade everyone to dip our feet into the water. The water was cold, but it felt oddly refreshing after all the hiking we’ve been doing. I went in up to my knees. If we had more time, I would have even tried to go swimming. But it was getting late and everyone was getting a bit grumpy. Plus I wanted to squeeze in one more detour.
After drying off our feet, we hopped back in the car for a few minutes before stopping at Chippewa Falls for another Moments of Algoma art installation. J.E.H MacDonald was part of the Group of Seven and painted many waterfalls, so it seemed fitting that this installation was located at Chippewa Falls. There is a short trail that leads to the waterfall, but at this point I had already pushed everyone’s patience.
On the way back to the car we came across a plaque that marked the halfway point of the Trans-Canada Highway, which runs across Canada from St. John’s in Newfoundland to Victoria in British Columbia.
And with that we headed back out on the road again.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here