Rocky Bay is home to the Rocky Bay First Nation. It is actually off Highway 11 and I didn’t venture in as time and gas were becoming an issue. (Note to readers, fill up in Beardmore.)
The only thing I saw named Macdiarmid was a dirt road.
I couldn’t find Orient Bay either, although truth be told I was getting weary of driving on this particular trip and didn’t really give it a good look. It might be the name of a lodge or an outfitters station, but I didn’t see it.
But what is great about this part of Highway 11 is the drive itself. The scenery is absolutely fantastic. Stunning cliffs are the result of geological processes that have left the Pijitawabik Palisades as some of the most awe-inspiring views on Highway 11 . The highway is bordered by countless lakes which are nestled between beautiful rocky outcroppings that jut from the landscape like bumps on a log.
This drive is sincerely one of northern Ontario’s most scenic drives. So if you’re already out this way, don’t rush through – it is worth stopping and enjoying.