Sleeping Giant (Ontario)

Infobox Mountain
Name = Sleeping Giant
Photo = Sleepinggiantontario5743.jpg
Caption = As seen from Hillcrest Park, 28 May 2005.
Elevation = m to ft|563|abbr=yes|precision=0 (Torso) [Elevation data obtained from [http://www.geographynetwork.ca/website/obm/viewer.htm Ontario Basic Mapping] . Retrieved on 26 September 2007.]
Location = Thunder Bay District, Ontario
Coordinates = coord|48|20|14|N|88|54|16|W|display=inline,title
Topographic
NTS #052A07 [Natural Resources Canada Geonames Query - [http://geonames2.nrcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/v9/sima_unique_v9?english?FCPBK?C The Sleeping Giant] . Retrieved on 26 September 2007.]
Type = Igneous rock
Age =
Easiest route =

The Sleeping Giant is a formation of mesas on Sibley Peninsula which resembles a giant lying on its back when viewed from the West to North-Northwest section of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. As one moves southward along the shoreline toward Squaw Bay the Sleeping Giant starts to separate into its various sections. Most distinctly in the view from the cliffs at Squaw Bay the Giant appears to have an "Adam's Apple". The formation is part of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Its dramatic steep cliffs are among the highest in Ontario (250 m). The southernmost point is known as Thunder Cape, depicted by many early Canadian artists such as William Armstrong.

An Ojibway legend identifies the giant as Nanabijou, who was turned to stone when the secret location of a rich silver mine now known as Silver Islet was disclosed to white men. [ [http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TheSleepingGiant-Ojibwa.html The Legend of the Sleeping Giant] ]

Seven Wonders of Canada

It was voted number one for a list of Seven Wonders of Canada, with a total of 177,305 votes, beating the Bay of Fundy, and Niagara Falls by almost 90 000 votes. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/sevenwonders/results.html#Map CBC's Seven Wonders of Canada Results Page, accessed 6 June 07] ] Ultimately it was not selected by the panel of judges, Ra McGuire, Roberta Jamieson and Roy MacGregor, who decided their vote by geographic and poetic criteria.

ee also

*Nanabozho
*Sibley Peninsula
*Silver Islet, Ontario
*Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

External links

* [http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/slee.html Information on the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.]

* [http://www.ontarioparks.com/English/planning_pdf/sleeping_giant_bg_info.pdf Sleeping Giant Background Information]

* [http://www.visitthunderbay.com/sleeping_giant/index.htm Information from the City of Thunder Bay on the Park.]

* [http://www.thefriendsofsleepinggiant.ca The Friends of the Sleeping Giant.]

* [http://www.flickr.com/groups/sleepinggiant/ Photographs on Flickr of the Sleeping Giant]

References

*Ontario Parks " [http://www.ontarioparks.com/English/planning_pdf/sleeping_giant_bg_info.pdf Sleeping Giant Background Information] " (2003) Queen's Printer for Ontario. ISBN 0-7794-3989-2. Retrieved on 26 September 2007.


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