Small ship Great Lakes cruise itineraries visit a variety of ports of call in the region. Here is a sampling of stops that you may enjoy. A cruise is a perfect way to enjoy the landscape, the wildlife, the history, and the communities in the Great Lakes region.
Tobermory - Particularly noted for its spectacular wildflowers, and especially its orchids, Tobermory is also perfect for bird-watching. Keep your eyes peeled for various species of water birds, birds of prey such as bald eagle or osprey, and possibly even a sandhill crane.
Georgian Bay Island National Park - Accessible only by boat, the islands of this national park are home to many rare and interesting creatures. You're sure to see gulls and terns, which nest here in large colonies. If you're lucky you might also see one of the snakes or turtles which live here. The park is home to more kinds of reptiles and amphibians than any other place in Canada.
Mantoulin Island - The world's biggest freshwater island is located in the Great Lakes region and boasts a rich history and beautiful landscapes. Outdoor activities, restaurants, museums, and golf are all available in this hidden gem.
Mackinac Island - Beautiful landscapes, friendly people, and quite possibly the best fudge anywhere greets you on your Great Lakes cruise when you visit Mackinac Island. The small-town atmosphere promises a relaxed vacation with all the comforts of home.
Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park - Among the islands of Georgian Bay, Sturgeon Bay offers a sandy beach for safe swimming and some great fishing spots for the sportsman.
Charlevoix - Visit the light house, tour the "Renaissance" castle at Castle Farms, or have some fun at East Park in the downtown. Wading in the fountain is especially fun for the younger children.
Whitefish Point - You'll certainly enjoy a visit to the Shipwreck Museum on your Great Lakes vacation. In the Spring and Fall, flocks of birds stop over in Whitefish Point during their migrations to and from their breeding grounds in Canada.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Pictured Rocks is well named. Its cliffs and waterfalls are worth the trip, just to see them. Four kinds of endangered or threatened birds of prey are counted among the many species of birdlife in the area: the bald eagle, the merlin, the peregrine falcon, and the osprey.
Keweenaw Peninsula - Noted for its copper and for its geology, Keweenaw peninsula is home to fascinating museums and historic sites in the area. A to "Copper Country" would not be complete without a stop at the Adventure Copper Mine. On the Isle Royale, you might catch a glimpse of the local moose and wolves.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore - Lake Superior is practically an inland sea, in spite of being a freshwater lake. The landscape and adventure opportunities reflect its sea-like nature. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a great place to try out some sea kayaking on Lake Superior. The delightful little Midwestern town of Bayfield is the jumping-off point for many adventures.
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