Family Vacation In Lake Huron
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28 Mar 2006 16:55 PST
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I am planning to take my family on an trip for 3 weeks to the Lake Huron area. Besides my wife and myself, we have 4 children aged 4 to 16. We would like to visit both the US and Canadian borders of the lake region. We will be taking our travel trailer and would like to spend half the time camping. Where can we camp? What hotels are family orientated and reasonably priced? What are the must see attractions? (We will make the older kids endure the stuff for the younger kids, and younger ones alternate outings to allow the older two kids to do some things that would interest them)
Re: Family Vacation In Lake Huron
Answered By: alanna-ga on 01 Apr 2006 22:40 PST
Hi ontarget-ga ? In trying to gather the campground and hotel information you asked for, I started at the Michigan side of Lake Huron, then went generally along the US coast of the Lake and back up on the Canadian side. I listed campgrounds where I could with a few hotels added around the Detroit area and in Sudbury, ON. First, I listed the campgrounds and hotels for you to choose among, then I added some activities that may be of interest. On the US side, I selected campgrounds that were near national parks or wildlife refuges. As there were fewer campgrounds along the Ontario coast, I just listed the ones that looked appropriate (for example, I didn't list fishing or hunting lodges). I didn't want to restrict your itinerary, so I listed many more than you might be expected to stay in during one vacation. DeTOUR, MI DeTour State Forest Campground http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.aspx?id=694 ROGERS CITY, MI Hoeft State Park and Campground http://www.michigan.org/travel/detail.asp?p=G10136 PRESQUE ISLE,MI Ocqueoc Falls State Forest Campground http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.aspx?id=627 Shoepac Lake State Forest Campground http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.aspx?id=628 Tomahawk Creek Flooding State Forest Campground http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.aspx?id=629 PORT AUSTIN, MI Port Crescent State Park http://www.michigan.org/travel/detail.asp?m=&p=g4699 There is a campground and camper cabins are also available in Port Crescent. LAKEPORT,MI Lakeport State Park and Campground http://www.michigan.org/travel/detail.asp?p=g10145 DETROIT, MI, HOTELS RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel 7 Motel Finder http://www.roadsideamerica.com/hotels-motels/hotels/us-mi-detroit.html KINCARDINE, ON Bluewater Trailer Park http://bluewatertrailerpark.ca/ Fishermans Cove http://www.fishermanscove.net/ Greenacres Campground and RV Park http://www.greenacrescamp.com/ Kincardine hotels http://ontario.hotel--canada.com/kincardinehotels.html SOUTHAMPTON, ON Dreamaker Family Compound http://www.dreamaker-campground.com/ Holiday Park http://www.holidayparkinc.com/ PORT ELGIN, ON Kenorus Campground and RV Resort, Inc. http://www.kenorus.com/MainPage.html SUDBURY, ON (hotel) Sudbury Hotels http://sudbury.hotel--canada.com/ GOULAIS RIVER, ON Blueberry Motel and Campground http://www.onblueberryhill.com/ More camps in Ontario Southern Ontario Tourism http://www.soto.on.ca/results1.asp?xsotoarea=3&xtype=9 Activities: LIGHTHOUSES The first leg of your journey, south along the western shore of Lake Huron, there is a series of Lighthouses which will certainly be of interest to all the children. Lighthouses http://www.nightbeacon.com/zlighthouses/lakehuronlighthousemap.htm On the Canadian side, there are more lighthouses. Bruce County Kids http://www.explorethebruce.com/kidsstuff.cfm?page=three A FERRY RIDE Another interesting thing for all the kids might be to take a ride on the car ferry running between South Baymouth (on the southern coast of Manitoulin Island) and Tobermory (on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula). USA and Canada Holiday Hints http://freespace.virgin.net/john.cletheroe/usa_can/on/ferry.htm and MS Chi-Cheeman http://www.chicheemaun.com/chi/index.shtml THE SUDBURY METORITE CRATER The largest crater on the North American continent, the Sudbury Crater is over 1.85 millions years old. It is thought to have been made by a comet. Hope that one doesn't come around again...;-) Sudbury Crater http://www.meteoritelabels.com/Astrobleme.html Sudbury Basin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudbury_Crater MUSEUMS Detroit Area Museums, MI Greater Detroit Area Museums http://www.wideopenwest.com/~awesley5155/det_museum.html Bruce Country, ON Indoor Attractions http://www.explorethebruce.com/kidsstuff.cfm?page=three I do hope this is helpful to you. I have listed plenty of websites for you to study before you go, so that you can choose in advance, where practical. Certainly, along the way you will see things to do that never made it to a website, but isn't that the joy of travel??? Have a great and a safe trip. All the best, Alanna-ga Search terms: campground huron ontario campground huron michigan museums detroit hotels detroit children lake huron site:.on.ca
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Alanna, Thank you for the research. This will be a great starting point for us to plan our trip. I'm sure that we will be able to add to this and have the whole family get involved in finding a few more things to do along the way.
Re: Family Vacation In Lake Huron
From: thumb-ga on 04 Apr 2006 13:17 PDT
Ontarget as I sit here on the shore of Lake Huron I would suggest that you forget most of the information you have received from alanna.ga. Having been around the lake several times I will lay out some good places to go. You have stated that you will be picking up your trailer in Canada, I am guessing in Toronto. You will be traveling North from their to the Lake Simcoe area www.orillia.com/ Then to the Parry Sound area, this is quite rustic. www.town.parry-sound.on.ca/ Algonquin Provincial Park is a well known park. www.algonquinpark.on.ca/ Sudbury is known for its nickel mines www.city.greatersudbury.on.ca/ you will truly be in the wilderness! Then on to Sault St Marie Ont/Mich. www.city.sault-ste-marie.on.ca/ & www.saultstemarie.com/ this is were Lake Superior flows into Lake Huron. You will want to visit the locks there. From there you travel across the upper peninsula of Michigan to the Mackinaw Bridge (the long bridge) which crosses the Strait of Mackinaw between Lake Huron and Michigan. When you get to the south side of the bridge you will want to stop at Mackinaw City, www.mackinac.com/ the city its self is a lot of tourist shops, they can be fun, but the real reason you are there is to take a ferry out to Mackinaw Island www.mackinacisland.org/ THI IS A MUST! The island is one of the few places in the world where there are no motor cars allowed, you travel by horse drawn wagon or bicycle. Don?t forget to buy some fudge it is made in shops on the island and is famous! The Grand Hotel has the longest porch in the world! This is the state web site for camp grounds etc. travel.michigan.org Coming down the east side of Michigan you will find lots of parks both state and county for camping. Here are the sites for the areas along the way: Cheboygan www.cheboygan.com/ Rogers City www.rogerscity.com/ Alpena www.alpena.com/ Oscoda www.oscoda.com/ this is were the Au Sable river is, it is a wonderful river for the family to canoe down. Tawas City www.tawas.com/ The next city will be Bay City www.baycityarea.com/ the first large city you will be in since the Sault. Now you are getting into my area. From Bay City you will be traveling on M-25 into the Thumb of Michigan! www.huroncounty.com/ You will pass thru Sebewaing where they manufacture sugar from sugar beets grown in the thumb. Then to Caseville a small resort town, you will want to camp at one of the two state parks Sleeper or Port Crescent. Port Austin is another small resort town near the tip of the thumb. One of the things that people do at either Port Austin or Grindstone City is go charter fishing, I am not a fisherman so I can?t give you any info on that. South of Grindstone City on M-25 you will come to Huron City, you will want to stop there huroncitymuseums.com/ . Next is Port Hope, you should try to have lunch or dinner at the Port Hope Bar, not the best burger you ever had but it will be the largest! Next will be Harbor Beach, stop in to The Corner Store. You will then travel through Port Sanilac to Lexington where there are some nice shops. You will then go on to Port Huron which you can use for a base to take a side trip to Greenfield Village www.hfmgv.org/ THIS IS A MUST! It is about a hour drive from Pt Huron and can be done as a day trip. Depending on your interest you may want to take an additional day there as it is huge! In Port Huron you will want to take a drive along the St Clair river, there are several places to dine or if you just want to watch the boats go by there is a lookout at the south corner of Black River and St Clair www.achesonventures.com/ Looking across the river at night at the lights in Canada is a site not to be missed! You will then cross over into Canada via the Blue Water Bridges, yes there are two of them one built in the 30?s and the next in the 90?s www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9618_11070---,00.html . You will then be in Sarnia Ont. www.tourism-sarnia-lambton.com/ . Then you will travel east on the 402 to Hwy 21. There is a nice Provincial park near Grand Bend called the Pinery www.pinerypark.on.ca/ The next town up will be Bayfield which like Lexington has some very nice shops. OK I haven?t been north of here in about 30 years so other then the high points I don?t have much. alanna.ga is right about the ferry out of Tobermory to Manitoulin Island www.hurontourism.on.ca/ . This has been fun.
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