Shores of Lake Huron

June 23, 2019 - July 1, 2019
9 days / 16 meals
Type: ,

Lake Huron is the second largest Great Lake and the fifth largest fresh water lake on the planet. First paddled by Native Americans, and then "voyageurs", traders and missionaries in the late 1600s with the start of the fur trade, Lake Huron became a vital shipping route. Its waters can be treacherous; at the bottom of Lake Huron rest more than 1,000 known shipwrecks!

Day 1: Lansing, MI
Our journey north to explore the “mitten” lake, Lake Huron, begins with dinner and overnight stay in Lansing, MI. D

Day 2: Owen Sound, Ontario
Continue north into Canada traveling along the beautiful shoreline of Ontario’s West Coast. The views of Lake Huron and the shoreline are breathtaking. Visit the spectacular Inglis Waterfall with panoramas of rock, water and rural landscapes. Overnight stay in Owen Sound, a city set against lush green valleys, rugged limestone cliffs and sparkling streams. B, D

Day 3: Tobermory, Ontario
Watch for lighthouses dotting the landscape as we follow the shoreline of Georgian Bay, which is fed by Lake Huron, north to Tobermory. Tour Keppel Croft Farm and Gardens to see extensive stroll gardens unique to the Bruce Peninsula area. Board a glass bottom boat for a tour of shipwrecks and Flower Pot Island located off the coast of Tobermory, including one of the best-preserved shipwrecks to be found in the Great Lakes with her hull and main deck still fully intact. Visit Bruce Peninsula National Park where massive, rugged cliffs of the park are inhabited by thousand-year-old cedar trees. Overnight stay in Tobermory. B, D

Day 4: Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
Travel to Manitoulin Island on the impressive MS Chi-Cheemaun passenger/car ferry as it majestically carves its way through scenic Georgian Bay. After soaking in the sun and rustic Canadian scenery during a stroll along the boardwalk and visit to the South Baymouth Little Schoolhouse, continue along the northern side of Lake Huron to Sault Ste Marie, MI. B, D

Day 5: Mackinac Island
Take a ferry ride to Mackinac Island, situated in Lake Huron and the Great Lake Waterway. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you take a horse and carriage to the legendary Grand Hotel, where the world’s longest porch overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. After a delectable lunch in the elegant dining room, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island and Mackinac Island State Park (additional expense). Enjoy an afternoon of leisure on the Island with time to explore Fort Mackinac and visit the island’s many shops. Continue to Mackinaw City for an overnight stay. B, L

Day 6: West Michigan Lake Huron Shoreline
Enjoy a morning visit to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. A point in the storm and guiding beacon, the Lighthouse has helped passing ships navigate through the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac since 1889. Continue along the shoreline spotting 10 more lighthouses along the way. Visit the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, established to protect a collection of over 100 shipwrecks, spanning over a century of Great Lakes shipping history. Arrive in Bay City, MI for a two-night river front stay. B, D

Day 7: Bay City, MI
Celebrate the legacy of the Bay City Motor Company, a staple of the automotive business since 1904. After lunch at a local favorite, enjoy a relaxing cruise through Bay City along the Saginaw River, including the city’s four drawbridges and the USS Edson. Complete the day with a sweet treat at St. Laurent Brother’s Nut House in downtown Bay City. B, L

Day 8: “The Thumb”
Journey along the “thumb” shaped portion of the Lake Huron shoreline to the charming, maritime town of Port Austin to visit the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse. Continue to Port Huron to visit Lightship Huron, the only lightship on the Great Lakes to be named a National Historic Landmark. Arrive in Marshall, MI for dinner and overnight stay. B, D

Day 9: Return Home B

Per person rates
double $2129
triple/quad $1890
single $2734