Saturday, August 14, 2010

Neys Provincial Park

On my Superior Alone Tour, one of my greatest regrets was that I wasn't able to hike in to the beach at Neys Provincial Park, to see the view of Pic Island as painted by Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven. This isn't the right view, I'm facing east rather than west. But, Harris's interpretation of Pic Island is better than the real thing (frankly). The beach was beautiful though, crashing waves, drift wood, the hills that remind me of so many of the Group of Seven's paintings. We went on a self guided geology hike, and got to walk on top of a batholith that had solidified under a volcano that had subsequently been eroded away by ice and water. I probably thought it was unreasonably cool all things considered, but whichever, I'm allowed to be enthusiastic about geology.

I would also highly recommend this park for camping. The sites were beautiful and spacious and the comfort station nearly new. I didn't get to hike all the trails, but I certainly could have spent a long time on the beach if I hadn't been so tired. I did manage to see a few shooting stars. The sound of the train coming around the point was pretty cool too. There is a visitors center that talks about the role of the site as a POW camp during WWII. It didn't open until after I had to hit the road, but I hope to go back there some day and see the rest of the park.
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