En Route to North Bay: June 2021

My father was a big fan of the celebrated Dionne Quintuplets and I remember well a visit we took to their birthplace just south of North Bay. They seem completely forgotten here these days and I could see no mention of them in any of the tourist attractions currently promoted in North Bay.


I will identify it at the end of the post.

I spent a pleasant day heading up Highway 11 and stopped many times to look about once I was north of Huntsville.

One plant that really stands as you enter the north is Garden Lupine which grows wild along parts of the highway.

Garden Lupine
Garden Lupine

Other botany:

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)
Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)
Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifra)
Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
Mountain-ash (Sorbus aucuparia)
False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Swamp Buttercup (Ranunculus septentrionalis)
Starflower (Trientalis borealis)
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Interrupted Fern

Scenes along the way:

Restaurant in Powassan
Powassan United Church
at Burk’s Falls
at Burk’s Falls
at Burk’s Falls
at Powassan
Nippising Museum
at Nippising

At Burks Falls I noticed this beauty.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Having finished the Leonardo da Vinci audio book, I have changed gears and am now listening to CD’s about Johnny Carson while driving.

At 4:56 am tomorrow I start the first of 9 Breeding Bird Surveys in Northern Ontario.


We all know the fruit of this one – Strawberry

Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)


Hi Miles. Speaking of ducks and ducklings, this was sent by a friend on the left Coast. Feel free to share as you see fit…



The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers,

a rare fusion of fluff and majesty,

the peony is now coming into bloom.           – Henry Mitchell (1923–93)

Miles Hearn

6 thoughts on “En Route to North Bay: June 2021

  1. Alan Calvo

    Perhaps the exploitation of the Dionne quintuplets is a piece of the past North Bay wants to forget.

    Love your blog, Miles, keep it up.

    1. florent boisvert

      Sorti de l’ hopital hier,je jouis de cette chère liberté et me sens un peu comme ton si beau héron bleu.

  2. kathleen connolly

    Thanks for these pictures. I lived in North Bay as a child and travelled this route for many years visiting my parents.


    Hi Miles,
    There was a computer game in the early days called “Where in the World is Carmen Santiago?”
    Your name could be substituted instead.
    Good luck in your bird surveys.
    You are a man of many and varied interests from the Dionne’s to Leonardo da Vinci to Johnny Carson.
    Thanks for your travelogue in the north country.

  4. Lisa Volkov

    What a beautiful Blue Heron, Indeed! Beautiful pictures–beautiful scenery. A sad reminder of the cost of two wars.
    How I love and miss The North! Thank you so much, Miles, for letting me experience it again!
    And dang it, I should have recognized the Strawberry flower. I saw and appreciated it often enough (the tiny strawberry wildflower, anyway) on hikes–it did look familiar!


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