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Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial is a big boost for businesses
WTVG (Toledo, OH) (9/2)
Yesterday's reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie drew thousands of visitors. More than a dozen tall ships set sail on the water near Put-in-Bay bringing to life the historic battle when Commodore Perry's crew defeated the British fleet during the War of 1812.

New Lake Erie Bluffs Park set to open Saturday in Perry Township
The News-Herald (6/29)
Tomorrow Lake Metroparks will open its new 139-acre Lake Erie Bluffs Park, located in Perry Township.

Lakes Erie and Ontario offer great sand, shells
The Buffalo News (7/16)
With an abundance of lakes and rivers in the area, there are numerous beaches to choose from for sun and fun along lakes Erie and Ontario.

Lake Erie: Beyond the surface
WKYC-TV3 (Cleveland, OH) (6/3)
This series focuses on the assets of Lake Erie, including commercial fishing, the past and future of the Cuyahoga, and the economic opportunities of travel, tourism and recreation.

Greenway: Coalition concerns take center stage
The Journal-Register (12/12)
Calls for minor and major changes to the draft plan for the Niagara River Greenway were aired during a public hearing held at Conference Center Niagara Falls on Tuesday evening. A New York state law signed in 2004 calls for the creation of an interconnected system of sites along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

Grape Belt wins designation
Buffalo Business First (12/11)
The Lake Erie Grape Belt is now an official heritage area and the first-ever agricultural heritage area in New York state.

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General Resources
Chamber of Commerce Directory
Looking for travel information or a business directory for a specific Great Lakes community? Chambers of Commerce offer a wealth of information on these and many other topics. This site offers quick links to the Chamber offices in each state.

Lake Erie Coastal Ohio
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio is a nonprofit organization linking more than 300 sites across the Ohio lakeshore into a trail of history and adventure. Discover sights and places and learn how Lake Erie has shaped industry, culture and settlement.

New York State Travel and Tourism
New York Department of Economic Development
Official New York tourism site.

New York State's Seaway Trail
The New York State Seaway Trail is a 454-mile scenic route paralleling Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Ohio Department of Travel and Tourism
Ohio's official tourism site.

Ontario Ministry of Tourism
Ontario's official tourism web site.

Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism
Official state tourism site.

Pennsylvania Visitor's Network
An online directory for Pennsylvania travel and tourism.

Travel Michigan
The official state of Michigan travel web site.

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Circle Tour Road Route
Follow the signs! Detroit, Michigan to Cleveland, Ohio
ROUTE: Follow I-75 S to Toledo and take the I-280 exit; just south of Toledo, near Oregon, take the OH-2 exit and follow OH-2; In Sandusky, start following US-6 to Cleveland
MILEAGE: Approximately 180 mi/300 km.
Cleveland, Ohio to Pennsylvania border:
ROUTE: Follow OH-2 E to US-20 to OH 531, then back to US-20 again
MILEAGE: Approximately 70 mi/ 115 km.
Pennsylvania to Buffalo, New York:
ROUTE: PA-5 to NY-5 E
MILEAGE: Approximately 120 mi/200 km.

Buffalo to Detroit, Michigan, via Ontario:
ROUTE: Follow Provincial Highway 3 to Windsor, Ont.; cross the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit, Mich (toll)
MILEAGE: Approximately 290 mi/480 km.


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Cities and Towns
Buffalo, New York
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, near Niagara Falls.

Cleveland, Ohio
Located along the southern shore of Lake Erie.

Detroit, Michigan
Located near the northwestern shore of Lake Erie, on Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.

Erie, PA
Located along the southeastern shore of Lake Erie.

Norfolk County, Ontario
Port Dover, Long Point and other wonderful communities offer great getaway ideas.

Toledo, Ohio
Located along the western shore of Lake Erie.

Windsor, Ontario
Located along the western shore of Lake Erie.

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Lodging and Camping
Camping in Pennsylvania's State Parks
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
Information on B&Bs in Ontario.

Michigan Forests, Land & Water
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Michigan Lake to Lake Bed & Breakfast Association
Information on over 210 B&Bs located throughout Michigan.

New York State Bed and Breakfast Association
Information on B&Bs in New York.

New York State Camping
New York Department of Economic Development
Search under type of campground, emenities, etc.

Ohio Bed & Breakfast Association
Information on B&Bs in Ohio.

Staying Overnight Information
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Parks and Recreation
Info Niagara
Providing tourism information on the Niagara Falls region, including the wine country, parks and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Michigan Recreation and Camping
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Niagara Parks Commission
Tourism information around Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Corridor.

Ohio State Parks
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Ontario Parks
Ministry of Natural Resources

Point Pelee
Great Canadian Parks
Point Pelee, a 10-kilometre sandspit stretching as far south as the northern border of California, contains one of Canada's smallest but most unusual national parks.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Highways in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Lake Erie
GLIN: Lake Erie Facts and Figures
GLIN: Lighthouses in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: New York
GLIN: Ohio
GLIN: Ontario

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