Exploring Lake Erie


For many travelers, exploring all of the Great Lakes is on their bucket list, and Lake Erie offers two distinct routes. The north shore whisks you along the Canadian border, or you can circle around south and check out the viewpoints from the southern Ohio side. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is a popular stop for those doing the full circle, and there’s also a Great Wolf Lodge for a day of water play and fun.

Point Pelee is an interesting stopping point and fantastic for photographers, birders, or anyone looking for a short hike. If you’re out for an adventure, the Cedar Point theme park in Sandusky, Ohio is a great option for families. They’re known for having the most coasters of any park in the world, and the Millennium Force is a fan favorite.

Good to Know

If you’ll be traveling to and from the U.S. side, keep some USD on hand for the minimal tolls. There’s also a ferry that operates between Leamington, Ontario and Sandusky. Mid-sized cars are welcome, and there are restaurants on the upper level. It makes a stop at Pelee Island, the southernmost point of Canada. Taking the ferry is a unique way to discover the lake. Plus, on the island you can de-board to check out the wineries.

Niagara Falls is a bit of a drive, but well worth it for any complete Lake Erie tour. The Welland Canal also offers an interesting view where you can see ships pass through a variety of locks before being lowered past the falls. Lake Erie is a favorite for fishing, too, with yellow perch readily available.