Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 66

Several beauties are closer.

A very large one is located 10 km north of Windy Lake Provincial Park (north of Sudbury) on Highway 144, just before Cartier on the east side of the highway; you can’t miss it! (N46° 40.671’ W81° 32.592’ or WGS 84 17 T E458456 N5169509).

Another is along the Red Squirrel Road, accessed just north of Temagami; a wonderful back road just a 29 km drive to the sandy beach on Ferguson Bay on Lake Temagami. Between the 20 to 21 km mark, on the south side of the road look for the huge glacial erratic - at coordinates WGS 84 17 T E576466 N5225182 or N47° 10.541’ W79° 59.453’. It is worth a stop to walk the few metres to see this true evidence of the last glacier.

See the bear icon on the large erratic found on the shore Lake Temiskaming NE of Dawson Point near New Liskeard (Temiskaming Shores); (WGS 84 17 T E 606013 N 5259941 or N47° 29.056’ W79° 35.567’). Also in the immediate area is a large erratic on the intermediate, “blue” trail at the Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club.

Then there is the “Stonehenge of the North”; erratics located east of Virginiatown (east of Kirkland Lake) off the Highway near the shores of Larder Lake. This is a spiritual location where the erratics are lined up in a north to south direction and linked to a constellation. Journey east of Kirkland Lake on Highway 66, through to Larder Lake. From the junction of Highway 624 and 66, at the community’s fish monument, travel eastwards on Highway 66 for six km. Watch for an unmarked road (N48º 06’ 56.4” W79º 39’ 00.7” or WGS 84 17 U E 600464 N 5330036) on the right or south side just before the Bob Lake/Tournene roadside picnic area. Travel this side road - there is one hill, for 1.5 km. When you come to the fork veer left or SSE. If you go right or SW you will end up at Pearl Beach. Within 200 m you will park amongst the pines; walk to the SE about 200 m and you will see the exposed bedrock, the large erratics and Larder Lake. Take a look around and find all of the erratics and walk the short distance to the shoreline. Note the absence of broken rock, the striations, and align your compass with the four rocks (17 U E 600584 N 5328370 or N48º 06’ 02.3” W79º38’ 56.3”).

Go for an “erratic” treasure hunt and find them all. Tell me about others. We might call these boulders “glacial droppings”, but they are souvenirs from the past worth a trip along the back roads. Contact Back Roads Bill at wilstonsteer@gmail.com ; the Stonehenge video and story is on www.steerto.com ; LIKE on FBook – Steer to Northern Ontario or Back Roads Bill Steer.

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