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August 5–14, 2012
DAY 1: Your adventure through the scenic wonders of Ontario begins in cosmopolitan Toronto.
DAY 2: Cruise down the Welland Canal, where the St. Lawrence Seaway connects to Lake Ontario and Lake Erie through a series of 8 locks!
DAY 3: Welcome to the lakeside city of Cleveland, OH. An optional city tour includes either the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or the Cleveland Art Museum depending on the departure date. Tonight, learn how to make pierogies during a dinner-time cooking demonstration. Later, enjoy an onboard musical performance.
DAY 4: Cruise from Ohio to Michigan today and dock in "Motor City," Detroit, with its revitalized waterfront.
DAY 5: This morning take an optional transfer to explore either the Henry Ford Museum or the Greenfield Village in nearby Dearborn, MI. Travel just across the Detroit River to the charming city of Windsor, ON. Nicknamed "The City of Roses," Windsor is home to several beautiful parks, including one where contemporary sculptures line the waterfront.
DAY 6: On the eastern shore of Lake Huron lies Goderich, ON, dubbed "the prettiest town in Canada" by Queen Victoria. An optional tour to Stratford, synonymous in name with its sister city in England, is home to the world famous Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Drive through the picturesque rolling countryside on your way to Stratford where you'll enjoy an afternoon performance at one of its four theatres.
DAY 7: Spend the day cruising gorgeous Georgian Bay. Beautiful blue waters, unique rock formations, and majestic mountains create an awe-inspiring backdrop for your journey. Discover the Flower Pot Islands and overnight at Blueberry Island, considered one of Ontario Parks' crown jewels. Swim or kayak in the crystal clear waters before spending an evening under the night skies of the North Channel as an astronomer delights you with an interactive star-gazing workshop.
DAY 8: Today cruise from Blueberry Island to Little Current, on the northeast coast of Manitoulin Island. This idyllic community is named for the swift waters of the North Channel. An optional excursion to the Immaculate Conception Church explains the bonds, beliefs and customs of both the native Ojibwe culture and the Catholic Church. At the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, enjoy a traditional Aboriginal drum presentation and an interpretive tour of this state-of-the-art heritage museum and art gallery.
DAY 9: Explore Midland, a popular summer resort spot on the southern end of Georgian Bay, before disembarking and returning to Toronto for an overnight hotel stay.
DAY 10: Your journey ends today in Toronto.
This cruise is also available in reverse.
All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on weather and sea conditions.