Day 31: Birchwood RV Tent & Campground to Rainbow Falls Provincial Park’s Rossport Campground

East of Rossport

Today you will have a challenging ride to just past the picturesque town of Rossport. During the second half of the day you can expect the rocky ledges that line the highway to turn to a vibrant red colour. Also, the downhill at km 75 is one of the fastest on the entire trip. Hang on and see how fast you can go!!

Many of the small towns in this area are served by Canadian Tire. In the summer these hardware stores carry a limited selection of bike parts.

Ride first into Nipigon, population 1 752. Nipigon is situated along the Nipigon River, which is home to Atlantic Salmon and world class trout fishing. Groceries are available here. Camping is available at Stillwater Park, on the east side of town.

In 2007 the Canadian government created the world’s largest water reserve, called Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. The reserve covers 10 0002 kilometres of the lake’s water and shoreline and protects it from industrial development. The reserve’s western boundary is located at Thunder Cape at the tip of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park; the west boundary is at Bottle Point east of Terrace Bay. This park helps provide high quality habitat to peregrine falcons, bears, wolves on the land and cold-water fish such as lake trout, walleye and whitefish.

Rossport, nestled on the shores of one of Lake Superior’s most protected harbours, is a popular summer destination for tourists. Check out the marina, which was a significant stop for fur traders on route to Fort William. There is a great spot for a picnic on the east side of town between the highway and the lake. Although there are restaurants in Rossport, groceries are not available; you must carry them in from Nipigon.

Spend your evening just east of Rossport at the Rossport Campground in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park. Ask for a site with a view of Lake Superior. This campground is five kilometres west of Whitesand Lake Campground, also in the park. This park is named after the water that flows over rock ledges while cascading towards Lake Superior.

Kilometre Log
0.0Leave Birchwood RV & Tent Campground heading northeast on HWY 17 / HWY 11.
3.2Intersection of HWY 17 / HWY 11 & HWY 628.
13.1Enter Nipigon on HWY 17 / HWY 11. Leave Nipigon on HWY 17.
15.0Cross over the Nipigon River.
77.2Pays Plat First Nation.
83.6Exit to Rossport.
84.8Exit to Rossport.
89.5Turn right into Rossport Campground in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park.
89.9Rossport Campground.

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