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  Overview:  Massey and Manitoulin Island

As you continue east along Hwy-17, the next town, 45 miles (70 km) east of Blind River, is Massey, "The Home of Chutes Provincial Park and Lots of Friendly People," at the confluence of the Sauble and Spanish Rivers. The sole downtown tourist sight is the Massey Area Pioneer Museum, and the place to stay is the Mohawk Motel (705/865-2722), with "kozy rooms." East of town, just north of Hwy-17, Chutes Provincial Park offers swimming, camping, picknicking, and several scenic waterfalls along the Sauble River.

Twenty miles (32 km) east of Massey, 40 miles (64 km) west of Sudbury, Hwy-17 intersects with Hwy-6, which heads south to Espa-ola, home to the massive E.B. Eddy pulp paper mill, and then continues on to Manitoulin Island, the world's largest freshwater island, set in the northern end of Lake Huron. Manitoulin is a popular vacation spot, ringed with picturesque bays and excellent beaches; try Meldrum Bay, Providence Bay, and South Baymouth.

Approaching Sudbury, Hwy-17 continues over 30 miles (50 km) of rolling hills dotted with a few forests and many small dairy farms.

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