I had checked online to find a place that would top up Sherman'a propane tank, and there was a Co-op store in Ste. Anne that had a propane fill station for both tanks and automobiles.
It was fairly busy there at 7:30am, but the guy came right over to help me out. I saw the propane price on the pump, at $0.91 per litre (about $2.65 USD per gallon). Normally, propane is well over $1.00 per litre although the price varies widely and it pays if you can shop around.
He filled us up, and gave me a slip to go inside to pay. The girl inside rang it up, and it was a couple of dollars more than the pump had said it was. I assumed maybe they add tax after the fact, and didn't think much of it. Back outside, I looked at the receipt and it didn't have any extra taxes, simply saying that the price per litre was $0.98.
So now, I thought she made a mistake and I went back inside and pointed out the difference.
"Oh", she says. "They just leave the price at the pump at $0.91 no matter what the price is. Right now, the price is $0.98. I don't know why they do that. Here's a number you can call to ask", As she points to the top of the receipt.
It was only $1.75 or so difference, so I wasn't going to argue with her. But it makes no sense to me. Advertise a price at the pump, and then charge a higher price after you've already filled up when you go inside to pay?
Even at $0.98, it was still a decent price so I didn't bother to follow up. Strange business practice though.
We carried on through town and found a church to park beside while we had some breakfast and got on the internet.
The Catholic Church in Ste. Anne, Manitoba.
We got back on the Trans Canada highway, heading east towards the Ontario border. Came upon a 30 km (18 mile) section of road repairs...
Fortunately, our side of the road was already freshly paved for quite a bit of it.
But, we did have a little of this to deal with as well.
We carried on to the summer resort town of Falcon Lake just before the Ontario border. This is where the northern lake district starts and the scenery is now definitely not in the prairies. Filled up with gas one more time before Ontario even though it only took $60 worth. Gas is more than $0.10 a litre ($0.40 a gallon) more expensive in Ontario, so better to top it off with the cheaper stuff.
We stopped and went for a walk at Falcon Lake. It's a nice beach and I bet the place is a zoo on a beautiful summer weekend.
Ruth, on the beach at Falcon Lake, Manitoba.
Out for a walk on the Marsh Trail.
Funny looking bug.
Or is it some kind of cockroach??
Back on the road, it was only a short distance to the Ontario border.
Ontario is a BIG province.
Americans think that Texas is big. Ontario is bigger. It would take 22 hours of nonstop driving to make it through Ontario from west to east. Which means that it's pretty much going to take us a week!
We stopped for lunch in the town of Kenora, then carried on. Ruth spotted a bald eagle sitting in a tree at one point, but by the time she pointed it out there was no point in stopping. I would have had to walk back to try and get a photo and then he probably would have flown off anyhow.
We were driving along, when we both saw an animal run across the highway in front of us. It took a second to clue in as to what it was...at first I thought it was a dog of some kind, but knew that it wasn't. It was a big cat!
Canada has a lot of lynx, but neither one of us have ever seen one in the wild. This was a first! Ruth grabbed the camera, but it was all too late...
Yep, that's the best we could do!
You can click on the photo to enlarge it, but it won't do you much good. Sorry.
This is what we saw.
Despite the poor photo, that was very cool. Canada's three large cats (mountain lion, lynx, and bobcat) don't show themselves to humans very often out in the wild.
Northern Ontario scenery.
Further on, we spotted another bald eagle, and this time Ruth insisted I stop and try and get a photo. And I'm glad she did! I pulled over and walked back to where he was sitting high on top of a tree. I took one photo, and then as I pressed the shutter to take the second photo, he took off in flight! Both photos turned out really well. I took a third one too, but it was blurry.
Posing for the camera.
How about that mean look on his face!
At the town of Vermilion Bay, Ontario they have a small airport landing strip just north of town on the way to Blue Lake Provincial Park. We had boondocked there overnight when we were heading west though this area 9 years ago! So we headed right to that same spot. But we passed by it and went to Blue Lake Provincial Park to go for a walk first.
The park itself is closed, and the gates were locked but there's nothing stopping you from walking in.
At Blue Lake Provincial Park.
Never seen so many different types of mushrooms!
After our walk, we backtracked to the Vermillion Bay airport and parked up for the night. Exactly the same place we parked almost nine years ago!
Sherman boondocking at Vermilion Bay Airport GPS 49.879400, -93.428405
And, in the same spot nine years ago!
Yesterday's drive, 301 kms (187 miles).
Good deal on an ultra wide angle lens for various DSLR cameras...
And in Canada, the Mega Blocks set is on at a good price, today only. Good for ages 1-5.