Its name befitting its size and beauty, Lake Superior covers a surface area of 82,100 sq km: it's the largest freshwater lake on the planet, with its own ecosystem and microclimate. Much of its dazzling Canadian shoreline is hugged by the Trans-Canada Hwy (at this point Hwy 17), with the drive from Wawa to Sault Ste Marie regarded by some as one of the most picturesque on the highway's 8030km span. A 90km stretch of highway passes directly through Lake Superior Provincial Park.
The Great Lake freezes over for many months at a time and most businesses and parks here are seasonal (May to October). Keep an eye out for scraggly moose as you drive the highway, especially at dusk or dawn.
For inspiration on a motorbike trip around Lake Superior, taking in Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, visit www.ridelakesuperior.com and pick up a tourist map.