Our route was very deliberate and went east to west, knowing the western side of the time zone would be light a few minutes later. The goal was - obviously - to drive the least number of miles between lakes. It would be significantly shorter if we could hit the first three lakes from the Canadian side, so on Friday we headed toward Toronto and immediately we got off to a bad start. We had to wait about 20 minutes to get through customs at the Ambassador Bridge. We weren't stopped, and there was no problem, just a lot of cars trying to get through. Immediately thereafter we ran into massive construction getting onto the 401. What normally takes 10 minutes took almost two hours :( Would it have been better from the tunnel? Probably.
We stayed in Oakville on Friday so we'd be right there on Saturday. The original plan was to swim in Hamilton, but our hotel was less than five minutes from the lake, so we went while we were there. It wasn't a beach. It was really rocky and no one else was in the lake. The woman who took our photo implied we were crazy haha It was so cold (and rocky) that I made it to mid-thigh and decided it was enough. I didn't need to get my hair wet when it was only 61 degrees!
Next stop was Lake Erie, which was more beachlike, and the nicest experience of the day because it was warm and at a beach. We didn't stay long though.
Lake Huron was soooooo cold! It was cool and windy and the water was freezing! That was a quick visit :)
(I was very deliberate in making sure Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were different. Had we swam right at / under the Mackinaw Bridge, haters would claim it was only one lake, or it was cheating. Just for fun, we took this photo the next day, but on Saturday it was five distinct lakes.)
The longest drive would be up to Lake Michigan in Petoskey. We made it there around 6:30 and the beach was largely deserted. The man who took our photo works at a medical complex in Southgate. Of course he does - I meet Michiganders everywhere in the world, so it was only fitting that I'd meet someone from my hometown while traveling in Michigan.
The final drive was through the Upper Peninsula and was getting close to sunset. We were the only car in the parking lot and the beach was super small - maybe 4 feet from the water to the tree line. There was a boat launch, and the water at the beach was all rocks, so we "swam" from the boat launch. Lake Superior was beautiful, but very buggy!
|Lake Superior. We were in a super small corner of the lake in a bay area.|
1100 Lakeshore RD
202 Main St.
Port Stanley, Ontario
1200 Lake Chipigan Drive
Petoskey State Park
2475 State Route 119
Brimley State Park
9200 West 6-mile RD