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The Majestic Great Lakes

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Tour Description

Photo of The Majestic Great Lakes

This tour has cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19.  Is it is being offered July 20-30, 2021.

The trip will begin with an included one-night hotel stay in Toronto, a modern city full of diverse neighborhoods and refined architecture. On embarkation day, board the M/V Victory I and sail to the famous Niagara Falls. See the towering falls up close from a state-of-the-art Hornblower. In Cleveland, visit the West Side Market, which has been featured on both Travel Channel and Food Network, and then tour the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pass through Windsor, affectionately known as the “City of Roses,” en route to Detroit, where you’ll explore the history of American automobile innovation at the Henry Ford Museum. Take a scenic sailing of Lake Huron to Little Current and tour Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island where rugged natural beauty has inspired Canada’s most celebrated painters. Experience the oldest city in the Midwest, Sault Ste. Marie, where you can watch the action at the Soo Locks, one of the world’s largest and busiest set of locks. The trip will end in Chicago, but before that, stop at Mackinac Island and see the imposing stone walls and cannons of the island’s impressive fort, built atop a cliff by British soldiers in 1780.

*A minimum number of participants is needed to send the MSU faculty host.


MSU Host

Dr. Jo Latimore is an aquatic ecologist in Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She specializes in the protection and management of lakes, rivers, and the landscapes that support them. As an outreach specialist, she works collaboratively with natural resource managers, communities, and the public to develop innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing aquatic systems. Her current work includes guiding Michigan’s volunteer lake and stream monitoring program and developing creative approaches to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species. Dr. Latimore has taught MSU courses on aquatic ecosystem management, science communication, and aquatic entomology, and teaches Extension programs on such topics as aquatic plants, lake ecology, water quality monitoring, invasive species, and natural resources leadership. Dr. Latimore enjoys spending time on the water in her free time as well, kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing Michigan’s waterways.