Lake Superior , Ontario

Description

The westernmost Great Lake, Lake Superior is not only the largest but also the deepest of the Great Lakes. This size makes it to be one of the coldest where water temperatures in August may reach 18Celsius. Do not expect to swim Lake Superior until mid-July - even then ensure you make it a brisk swim!

The north shore of Lake Superior can be described as rugged, rocky, sparsely populated yet highly scenic.

Canada shares Lake Superior with its U.S. neighbour to the south.

Anchored by major cities of Sault Ste. Marie on the eastern shores, and by Thunder Bay on the western shores.

Thunder Bay (along with Duluth, Minnesota), are either the destination or port of origination for many of the lake freighters plying their trade on the Great Lakes. Most of the lake freighters squeeze through the Sault Ste. Marie locks.

Drive Around Lake Superior

The drive around Lake Superior, while being highly scenic and one wonders at the marvel - yet being over 2000kilometers, is not to be taken lightly. Expect at a minimum to take 3 or 4 days - but even then, missing many wonderful scenic stops along the way.

Storms

Storms have known to swallow otherwise-unsinkable ships such as the Edmund Fitzgerald. Both the Canadian and American sides are embedded with local lores about the storm that took the Fitzgerald with numerous books, and museums covering it in great detail.

Lake Superior drains into Lake Huron through the eastern portion of Lake Superior (at Sault Ste. Marie).


Location

Water Details of Lake Superior

Midpoint: 47.747906,-86.99752

DrainsInto: St. Mary's River

Estimated Number of Cottages: 25000


Road Access

TransCanada Highway 17 wraps around the northern Canadian side of Lake Superior.

Boating

In the summer, boating is possible given a mindful watch over the weather conditions are closely monitored. Lake Superior storms are famous for their ocean-like intensity and are unforgiving to even the largest of ships. Smaller vessels should stay within some of the appropriate sheltered bays and coves.

Shoreline

Lake Superior's shoreline length is over 4000km with the majority of the shoreline describable as rugged and rocky, with the occassional sectional stretch of sandy beaches.