Hello, Toledo! Toledo, Ohio
Hello, Toledo!
This Ohio port city, nestled on the banks of the Maumee River, welcomes visiting boaters with open arms, inviting them in to experience its friendly atmosphere and local charms.

Boaters can get anywhere from Toledo. But before cruising up the Great Lakes from Lake Erie or heading off to sea via the St. Lawrence Seaway, why not drop anchor and sample the smorgasbord of attractions in this Ohio port city on the banks of the Maumee River? You may be pleasantly surpr...

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Charlevoix the Beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan
Charlevoix the Beautiful
Nicknamed the “Queen of Northern Resort Country,” this charming Michigan town lives up to its moniker, offering visiting boaters an abundance of delightful views, culinary treats and good, old-fashioned history.

As the drawbridge lifts and we motor between Lake Michigan and Charlevoix’s Round Lake, the only thing missing is the blare of a trumpet or two. Like visiting royalty is the best way we can describe how we’re feeling, as spectators smile or shout “Hello!” from nearby benches ...

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Incredible Port Credit Port Credit, Ontario
Incredible Port Credit
With great restaurants, amenities and more, Ontario’s salmon capital is a top boating destination — and just an hour west of Toronto

All over the world, hidden gems await discovery, often camouflaged in plain sight by their proximity to something larger and glitzier. And for decades, so it was for Port Credit, Ontario — a quiet and peaceful community on the north shore of Lake Ontario. While nearby Toronto stole the lim...

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Center of the Freshwater World St. Ignace, Michigan
Center of the Freshwater World
The quaint Upper Peninsula community of St. Ignace, Michigan offers visiting boaters a world of delights, no matter the season.

For months, I kept my sticker proclaiming “I climbed Castle Rock” on a wall next to my desk, glancing over now and then for a sure smile. It’s not like the feat was akin to climbing Mt. Everest, walking those 170 steps to the top of a 200-foot natural rock column just north of the ...

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Cinderella of the Pacific Ensenada and Mexico's Baja Peninsula
Cinderella of the Pacific
Ensenada, in Mexico’s Baja California, provides Great Lakes boaters with an exotic escape during the cold winter months.

Summer passes quickly in northern climates. All too soon, ice has locked up the Great Lakes, and boats sit in storage buildings and under shrink wrap, waiting for spring. That’s not all bad news, however. The offseason can provide valuable opportunities to travel and discover new boating...

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Explore the Door Door County, Wisconsin
Explore the Door
A peninsula circumnavigation unlocks the many treasures of Wisconsin’s Door County.

A former editor of mine used to call it the Proximity-Aversion Theory. When you live in a beautiful place that many people choose for vacationing, you tend to not visit the major attractions or enjoy the highlights yourself. Maybe you figure you’ll get around to it eventually. In our case...

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Almost Perfect Erie and Presque Isle, Pennsylvania
Almost Perfect
Erie, Pennsylvania and adjacent Presque Isle State Park offer visiting boaters the ideal setting for a year-round getaway.

The term “Presque Isle” is French, meaning “almost an island.” But when we’re talking about the 4.6-mile-long sand spit that fronts the shoreline of Erie, Pennsylvania, the name “Presque Isle” could really mean “almost perfect.” Created by t...

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One Town, Two Countries Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and Ontario
One Town, Two Countries
The twin communities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario offer visiting boaters the best of both countries.

I’m meandering along Dock 1, en route to the Soo Locks Boat Tours’ Le Voyageur, when a muskrat swims past and darts playfully under the slats. This would be fun as just an isolated wildlife moment, but this day, in this spot, it feels like serendipity. My friend and I look ...

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Cruising Back in Time Rideau Canal, Ontario
Cruising Back in Time
The Rideau Canal takes boaters on a 125-mile journey through eastern Ontario and the history of Canada’s capital city — and beyond.

It’s hard to believe that a war is responsible for the wondrous waterway flowing through eastern Ontario called the Rideau Canal. Today, the Rideau offers boaters a peaceful cruise through its storied history. It’s a voyage back in time, with stops at its lock stations and charm...

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A Coastal Haven Grand Haven, Michigan
A Coastal Haven
Michigan’s Grand Haven is a historic beach town, luring boaters with miles of shoreline, rolling dunes and clear, blue waters.

A historic downtown filled with lovely shops, outdoor cafés and glorious beachfront, Grand Haven is often called the “Michigan Riviera.” Located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Grand Haven is the only city officially designated “Coast Guard City USA.” Feat...

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