From the plaza, travel west along highway 17 to Woodward Avenue. Stop at Northern Variety for an ice cream or specialty coffee. Travel north on Woodward Avenue past W.C. Eaket High School and continue past U Rentals and Howson Marine. Turn right at Robb Road. This area has been called the “valley” because it is surrounded to the north and south by high ridges. There are many old homesteads on this route.
The first farmland homestead is on the north side of Robb Road, which you will see after going down the hill coming around the sharp bend. On the south side, almost directly across from this homestead, is another farmland homestead. Years ago it was the home of Blind River Dairy farmers. As you head east there is the “Rocking Horse” riding stable on the south side. Just past the stable you come upon another old homestead. Just past this farm you will notice trees waiting to be harvested as Christmas trees.
As you head north keep left at the fork in the road or if you are feeling ambitious, turn right off the circle loop and continue 5.8 km. to a beach at Lake Lauzon. Heading west on High Road, on the north side is another old uninhabited homestead. The area has recently been cleared and apple trees have been planted. As you head west, on the south side of the road is another riding stable. Just after the hill on High Road, on your left (south side) is a marshland which drains across to Robb Road into and eventually into the Blind River.
It is not uncommon to see moose, heron, turtles and deer at this marshland. You will pass a gravel pit, overlook a view of Blind River and area, and eventually come to the cemetery on your left side, before heading back into town. This area is known to the locals as “Graveyard Hill”. Backtrack to High Road, turn left on Woodward and head back to Blind River downtown.
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