When to Cruise?
Cruises on the Great Lakes normally take place during the summer months when the weather is warm to hot.
Great The Great Lakes offer five huge waterways in the centre of North America that played a central role in the colonisation and development of North America. The Great Lakes are a chain of five lakes forming the border between the United States and Canada. Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario form one of the great natural features of the continent. On the north side there is wilderness but to the south it is ringed by industrial cities. Accessible to the open sea by the St Lawrence Seaway, there are smaller ships offering cruises on the Lakes.
Lake Ontario and Lake Erie
Cruises entering the Lakes may start at Toronto on Lake Ontario, pass through the Welland Canal, by-passing the Niagra Falls, into Lake Erie and on to Windsor or Detroit, home of the Ford Museum.
Lake Huron and Lake Michigan
Passing into Lake Huron via the St Clair River, you can visit Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, the Indian historical exhibits at the town of Midland and Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater lake island in the world. South through the Mackinac Straits is Lake Michigan. At the north end is Mackinac Island, thickly forested and a popular summer resort and further south you will find the cities of Chicago, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Muskegon. Many cruises start or finish in Chicago.
Lake Superior
Some cruises venture into Lake Superior, largest area of fresh water in the world. The northern lakeshore is fringed by bold, rocky cliffs and near Munising, Michigan, on the south-eastern shore, are the Pictured Rocks, multicoloured sandstone cliffs. Several large forests border the lake. Major lakeports include Thunder Bay in Ontario, Marquette in Michigan and Duluth in Minnesota.

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