That Way Down Highway 61

Living in a remote city, I feel TBayers are a little bit more adventurous and willing to pack up everything and hit the road at a moment’s notice. I remember my summers during college hopping in my friend’s pick-up truck and touring places like Fort Frances, Emo, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake, or going south down Highway 61 into the States on a whim. Because our neighbouring communities are more spread out than those of our neighbours to the south, a road trip is an ideal way to visit these hidden gems.

With summer not over just yet, we dedicate our September issue to road tripping. We look at 12 communities in Northwestern Ontario and Minnesota that we think are worth the drive, letting you know where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. As part of the cover story, Ayano Hodouchi Dempsey explores the Lake Superior Circle Tour. Plus, from a hitchhiking Bigfoot to a man-carrying mosquito to the world’s largest snowman, we look at some roadside attractions within driving distance.

Keeping with our theme, our music columnist Gord Ellis shares his four favourite songs for touring down the highway, Stuff We Like features some items for your travelling adventure, and film columnist Michael Sobota explores road trips movies.

Also, in this issue, Sabrina Nordlund previews Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society’s first concert of the season featuring the Juno award-winning folk and country singer-songwriter William Prince, Krista Power digs into the details about the upcoming food and drink festival Savour Superior, and we get a sneak peek at the Vox Popular Media Arts Festival.

So buckle up, roll down the windows, and put on your favourite playlist as you read the September issue. In the words of Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Vacation: “Everybody in the car… or perhaps you don’t want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away?” Or in our case, the world’s largest snowman.

-Adrian Lysenko