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Lake Ontario

What makes Lake Ontario so special?  It could be it’s size, the unpredictable weather, or the predictable westerly winds. I think it’s special because it is a great sailing lake, with wonderful sailing destinations in Ontario, Canada as well as a few on the U.S. side of the lake. Toronto has to be the the sailing capitol of the lake. There are many yacht clubs and marinas to visit on a week long sailing vacation.  Other ports such as Cobourg and Kingston also come to mind.

My favorite sailing is the Bay of Quinte. The sailing there allows you to enjoy the great winds wet_kenwithout the high seas that are sometimes evident on the lake.

The St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands provide many places to explore.  The St. Lawrence River is the main thoroughfare for large commercial  boats. They enter from the Atlantic Ocean and make their way to the south western end of Lake Ontario where they continues their journey to the rest of the Great Lakes via the Welland Canal into Lake Erie and then beyond.

If this little introduction is enough to stir your interest, I would advise buying the “PORTS CRUISING GUIDE” for Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands from your local West Marine store, marina store, or Amazon.  These books are published every few years, and are a must for the cruising sailor.

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