Ashland Adventure Ashland, Wisconsin
Ashland Adventure
Small town charm, big time fun.

Imagine a clear, calm day on Lake Superior, the summer sun is high and the scent of lake air mixed with warm pine reaches you at the helm. You weave through the eastern Apostle Islands, making your way through the channel between Madeline Island and the mainland. There, you spot the opening to Chequ...

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The Canadian Riviera Norfolk County, Ontario
The Canadian Riviera
Dominating the north shore of Lake Erie, Ontario’s Norfolk County and its magnificent white sand beaches have long been a boater’s paradise, with protected waters, delightful ports to discover and Canada’s biggest boating party always top of mind.

As a Canadian, I’m always amused when I travel abroad and face the inevitable stereotypes that arise the moment after someone asks me where I’m from. All around the world, people seem to embrace a romantic image of Canada that’s built upon Mounties, igloos, maple syrup and totem po...

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The Mystique of Manistique Manistique, Michigan
The Mystique of Manistique
Looking for a welcoming Lake Michigan destination that’s got sandy beaches, an up-to-date marina, plenty to see, do, shop, eat and sip within a short walk of the dock — plus natural and historical wonders to explore? There’s an app for that.

When a Taiwanese family of six showed up at the Manistique visitor information center in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Alan Barr was both blown away and gratified to know that his team’s decision to create a Discover Manistique mobile app was a good one. Barr, CEO and executive directo...

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Wilderness Adventure Silver Bay, Minnesota
Wilderness Adventure
On the desolate northern shore of Lake Superior, Silver Bay, Minnesota, welcomes the outdoor explorer with epic activities and amenities in this naturalist’s dreamscape.

Along the rugged, desolate northern shoreline of Lake Superior, Silver Bay opens its burly arms to wilderness boaters. This historic Minnesota town offers easy access to the upper Midwest’s most breathtaking state parks and public lands, excellent fishing and wildlife viewing, up-close tours o...

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Home of the Great Spirit Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Home of the Great Spirit
If your idea of a boater’s paradise includes secret anchorages, spectacular scenery and friendly locals, be sure to add Ontario’s Manitoulin Island and North Channel to your nautical bucket list.

When you cruise the waters of Canada’s North Channel — an Ontario waterway widely considered one of the world’s best freshwater boating destinations — Manitoulin Island is your constant companion. Guarding this pristine passage from the winds and waves of Lake Huron, M...

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Best-Kept Secret Whitby, Ontario
Best-Kept Secret
In World War II, Whitby, Ontario, was a training base for secret agents. Today, it continues to fly under the radar as one of the best-kept secrets on the Great Lakes.

It’s only fitting that the pretty town of Whitby, Ontario, should enjoy a strong connection to water. Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario some 23 miles east of Toronto, Whitby is named after the English village of Whitby, home to the legendary Captain James Cook who went on to map most ...

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Unwind in Benzie County Frankfort, Michigan
Unwind in Benzie County
List the ingredients for a quintessential beach vacation and chances are Benzie County, Michigan, has them covered: Sand perfect for lounging or strolls, rivers, festivals, trails, fresh-caught fish, craft beer — and more.

For some 38 years, Ronn Beyette has worked at or around the entrance to the Frankfort, Michigan, harbor as a charter fishing captain, yacht captain and harbormaster. He’s seen more than a thousand sunsets over the Frankfort breakwater lighthouse, caught steelhead and trout, and watched bald ea...

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Thumbs Up! Port Sanilac and Lexington, Michigan
Thumbs Up!
From a swinging bridge, underwater shipwreck preserve and the state’s oldest hardware store to festivals, fireworks and old-fashioned fun, Michigan’s Thumb region of Lexington and Port Sanilac beckons boaters.

For Paul Hampton and his wife, Lydia, summer doesn’t get much better than cruising on Lake Huron or chilling dockside aboard their 23-foot Sea Ray at the Lexington marina, just 90 minutes from their metro Detroit home. In this boating haven on Michigan’s eastern shore, stress fad...

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Rock Your Boat in Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio
Rock Your Boat in Cleveland
With great food, diverse neighborhoods, cultural attractions, memorable sunsets and two waterfronts — open and endless Lake Erie or the urban and industrialized Cuyahoga River — for boaters to explore, Cleveland is a cool destination.

Jim Lee is an Akron, Ohio-based IT consultant who has sailed his Ericson 30 Plus into every port on Lake Erie, but the one view that never fails to thrill him is Cleveland’s skyline. “About 30 miles out on the lake, you start to see buildings poking up on the horizon,” Lee ...

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Nature's Paradise Muskegon County, Michigan
Nature's Paradise
A tale of three cities, five lakes and two rivers in Muskegon County, Michigan. The cities of Muskegon, Whitehall and Montague offer first-rate fishing, waterfront restaurants, boutique shops and a charming mix of old and new.

Seventeen years ago, many people thought Ted Fricano was, as he describes it, “crazy” when he decided to transform a building slated for demolition in Muskegon into a 250-seat pizzeria. But Fricano’s Pizza was ahead of the curve and a driving factor in the revitalization of...

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