Terry Fox would have been 61 today.
Instead, he died, of cancer, a month short of his 23 birthday.
In just over a year he’d gone from a young man from B.C. with a dream to a national icon to an unintended martyr for his cause.
Growing up in B.C. Terry Fox was an iconic figure from childhood, so maybe I have some rose-tinted glasses on for this sight, but the memorial just off the highway where he stopped his run is an amazing sight.
Between the statue of Terry running and the view over Lake Superior, it’s a sight I hope all Canadians get to visit, even if it is a bit out of the way.
The spot isn’t just a statue on the side of the road though, there’s a park and trees that frame up the statue nicely from a distance.
And, as a bonus, the Sleeping Giant is viewable from the there.
Another that’s done by car (I once drove a sprint van here on a cross country road trip). It’s just off the highway east of Thunder Bay and should be an absolute must for anyone who’s able to go.
TripAdvisor ranks this as the number one thing to do in Thunder Bay, and really, that should be a given. For more information, there’s this article written about the sight. It’s not a historic site right now, but I imagine there’s people pushing for it to be made one when it’s old enough. For more info about the stop, there’s the Tourism Ontario page.