There are not many Canadians who haven’t heard of Terry Fox, but for those of you who don’t know the name, here is some background on this national hero.

Terry Fox was a cancer victim who lost his leg to the disease at the age of 18. In 1980 he embarked on a Marathon of Hope aiming to run from the Pacific to the Atlantic across Canada, some 5,300 miles to raise money for cancer research.

Unfortunately, when he reached Thunder Bay, two months later at mile 3,339 his condition worsened and he was forced to stop. He died in June 1981, just a month short of his 23rd birthday.

This memorial marks the location he had to stop the marathon and is a beautiful statue with lots of information about his life, set in beautiful gardens and overlooking Lake Superior and The Sleeping Giant. 

The view across Lake Superior and the rock formation here known as The Sleeping Giant (no I can’t see it either) is pretty stunning.