Lakes Circle Tours
The Great Lakes Circle Tours are a total of four routes circling each Great
Lake, with the exception of Lake Ontario. The Province of Ontario has signed
each of the circle tours for the Great Lakes the province touches: the Lake
Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Erie Circle Tours. These tours were originally
conceived as an aid for travellers who wished to stick close to the shorelines
of the lakes in their journeys. The Lake Michigan Circle Tour, completely
in the U.S., was the first route established in the late-1980s, with Superior
and the others following in the early 1990s.
The links below lead to specific information and precise routings for
each of the Circle Tours:
The southernmost of the official Circle Tours, the Lake
Erie Circle Tour runs the entire length of southwestern Ontario's
southern shore. The LECT is also the shortest
of the the Circle Tour routes within Ontario.
Sharing it only with the State of Michigan, the Lake
Huron Circle Tour is also the most complex of the Circle Tour routes
in Ontario. The LHCT not only utilizes the
M.V. Chi-Cheemaun ferry between Tobermory and South Baymouth but also
crosses Manitoulin Island and the one-lane swing bridge at Little Current.
Although not the first official Great Lake Circle Tour, the Lake
Superior Circle Tour has roots which stretch back decades when
tourism associations in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario
promoted the route.
Lakes Circle Tour - information from the Great
Lakes Commission. It was the GLC who originally established the
Great Lakes Circle Tours and continues to provide information on
many aspects of the Great Lakes region.
Lakes Circle Tour - from the Great Lakes Information
Network (GLIN), which "is a partnership that provides one place
online for people to find information relating to the binational
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America."