Decisions, decisions: if you're heading west from Lake Superior to Winnipeg, you have two choices. The northern route (Hwy 17) is faster and has more services along the way, but the scenic southern route (Hwy 11 and Hwy 71) offers some impressive diversions.
Leaving Thunder Bay, traffic and highway vistas thin out after Kakabeka Falls. Then, at Shabaqua Corners, the highway forks: the northern route plows straight toward Winnipeg, while the southern route takes two extra hours as it ambles through more scenic countryside. Both routes shuttle you through prime fishing country, not least the idyllic Lake of the Woods region and its unofficial capital, Kenora.
Signs mark the beginning of a new time zone (you save an hour going west).