The All-American/All-Canadian Road Trip is still happening. Christopher Varley and his wife Sandra Shaul went for a long drive this summer – from TORONTO to Chicago to Brandon, Manitoba – and then back home through Canada. Says Christopher “we love long car trips in principle, but if Westjet ever initiates Brandon-Toronto service, we’re going to put the car up on blocks and fly west for family visits.”
TORONTO to CHICAGO, 8 hours 41 minutes.
CHICAGO to MINNEAPOLIS, 7 hours
MINNEAPOLIS to GRAND FORKS, North Dakota, 5 hours
GRAND FORKS to BRANDON, Manitoba, 4 hours, 8 minutes
BRANDON to DRYDEN, Ontario, 6 hours
DRYDEN to SAULT STE MARIE, 11 hours, 6 minutes
SAULT STE. MARIE to TORONTO, 7 hours, 9 minutes
Within Canada “our stops were Brandon to Dryden for a night; Dryden to a motel just east of Terrace Bay for a night; Terrace Bay to Batchawana Bay for a week; then Batchawana Bay to TORONTO. A really insane driver could probably do the trip in 3 days, but why not take a little time to enjoy the country.”
“The landscape is often magnificent, but the Trans Canada Highway is narrow and dangerous with few rest stops and services, no lookouts in places that cry out for them, dangerous junctions, and so few mileage signs that I didn’t know where I was half the time . . . During our week at Salzburger Hof overlooking Batchawana Bay, we sometimes sweltered and sometimes froze. Summer is fleeting so far north.”
<PHOTOS ABOVE – Northern Ontario, Christopher Varley>
If you love road trips or just reading about them, this new book by David Campany is well worth your time. “The Open Road: photography and the American road trip” is published by Aperture.
I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine,
and the north and the south are mine.
I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know that I held so much goodness.
All seems beautiful to me . . .
– Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”
<PHOTO ABOVE – Parked Car, Small Town, Main Street, Walker Evans, 1932>