Winter rest stops needed

The Ontario government must believe that we all have better bladders in winter than in the summer.
I make this comment having travelled numerous times to Thunder Bay and noticed all the pull-off rest stops are now blocked and marked as closed.
The gates are across the entrances and even if you wade through the snow, you’ll find the bathrooms all locked up.
I realize the province is being cautious. They don’t want any butts frozen to the seats of their toilets nor do they wish to heat the buildings for fear that someone might want to winter in the structure.
I guess in summer, Ontario must understand that travelling families require more facilities than in winter (children’s bladders are smaller). And in the summer, we probably tend to drink more cooled water and refreshments as we travel across our region.
In the winter, we may drink more coffee and tea to warm us up in our travels. The caffeine in coffee acts as a diuretic that increases the production of urine. That caffeine also is found in colas and power drinks.
Thankfully the province has an answer in Northern Ontario. They are called the pulpwood check pull-offs. They are extremely popular, with the most popular being those that you pull off the road and are separated from the highway by a stand of trees.
We all have seen men standing by the side of their vehicles whistling to the trees, trying to be invisible to traffic in both directions. Those pull-offs for load checks do allow a bit more privacy—until a truck pulls in or a second vehicle arrives.
For women planning a trip to Thunder Bay, the ritual starts with a decision to reduce one’s intake of beverages before the start of the road trip. Then, one has to be prepared to travel for two hours to the first open business on the highway.
And crossing one’s legs hoping for a business to show up immediately is not uncommon. In winter, Quetico North always is a must-stop when travelling to or from Thunder Bay.
The owners always are welcoming to visitors. My stops are quick and usually during the stop, their “famous butter tarts” are picked up (I’ll make the stop just for the tarts).
We’ll add some pop and snack foods, but the butter tarts are part of the real stop on the trip.
Minnesota has heated stops along its highways, as does northern Wisconsin and Michigan.
Maybe the politicians in those states have a better understanding of bodily functions than do Ontario politicians.

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