MOM's Way, Ontario
Photo courtesy of Northern Ontario Travel
You can choose to start the drive going west to east, east to west, or north from the United States. If you begin in Thunder Bay you can visit Old Fort William as well as the various art galleries and theaters in the town. Leaving Thunder Bay you will head west on Highway 11-17, a road with glorious views of mountains to the south, which will lead you to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. If you choose to stop here you can enjoy various outdoor activities like swimming and hiking as well as a view of the beautiful Falls.
By the time you reach Quetico you will have changed over to Central Standard/Eastern Standard time. This area is known for some of the best canoeing in North America and there are several rivers and lakes to explore as well as thick forests. Dawson Trail Campgrounds on French Lake is the only park in the area that allows vehicles. When driving from Shabaqua Corner to the pristine wilderness of Atikokan (the Canoeing Capital of Canada), you may want to stop for lunch by picturesque Nym Lake on the way. When in Atikokan you can enjoy a round of golf or visit the beautiful Little Falls and, if in town, visit the Pictograph Gallery to pick up some local handicrafts. If you head north from Atikokan on Highway 622 to Clearwater Lake you can cross it to beautiful White Otter Castle.
Continuing the drive west you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Canadian Shield--one of the oldest places in the world, geologically speaking. In Forest Frances you may want grab a glimpse of Rainy Lake (as seen from the Noden Causeway), it's the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.
About four kilometers from Rainy River First Nation, in the town of Emo, is Canada's smallest chapel, Norlund's Chapel. Here you can also get a view of the Voyageur's Highway. You may also want to check out the tourist areas of Morson and Nestor Falls. You can also cross into the United States by crossing the Rainy River. Head to Baudette, Minnesota and take a photo with Willie Walleye, the 40ft fish that the town is known for. While in Baudette you can play a round of golf or explore the state forest. Leaving Baudette you continue west on Highway 11 through the Lake of Woods Country. Before returning to Canada you may want to stop in Warroad, the so-called Hockey-Town USA. There is also a casino in the area.
By Highway 11 and 12 you will then reach Steinbach ("The Automobile City"), where you can tour the Mennonite Heritage Village or play golf at The Links at Quarry Oaks, one of the top 30 public courses in the country. Moving south from Steinach you may want to stop at the Royal Canadian Mint. When you arrive at your last stop, in Winnipeg--of Hudson's Bay Company, Lower Fort Garry and Louis Riel fame--you will find many things to see and do, including many shops, restaurants and festivals to enjoy.