Lake Erie is Ontario’s southernmost waterway and is the fourth largest
Great Lake with a length of 387 kilometres and width of 91 kilometers. It covers an area of more than 7,934 square kilometers and is fed by Lake St. Clair via the Detroit River and drains to the east into the Niagara River. Lake Erie is also the shallowest of the Great Lakes at 62 feet, making it the only major body of water in Ontario to have a bottom completely above sea level.
A large portion of Erie is located on the 42nd parallel, approximately the same latitude as northern California. This mixture of warm climate and fertile shores blend together to provide a wide variety of plants and natural habitat of wildlife, including many species found nowhere else in Canada. In the spring and fall, hundreds of species of birds and butterflies migrate across Lake Erie on their annual migrations. The best place to see this is at Point Pelee National Park, situated approximately 48 kilometers southeast of Windsor.
Point Pelee is located at the southernmost tip of land on mainland Canada and is home to more than 70 species of trees. It’s the only area in the country that has more variety of reptiles (27), amphibians (20) plus spiders and insects (50). But there’s more to this area than its natural wildlife. In the summer, Point Pelee is an active community offering a unique and exciting experience. Extensive sandy beaches line its east shoreline, providing excellent swimming and a place to enjoy time with the family. Along with its several amenities and scenic anchorages, this is a summer paradise that’s worth exploring many times.
The community of Leamington is situated just west of Long Point and named the Tomato Capital of Canada. Standing true to its name, Leamington has a huge tomato as its official town information booth. Boaters can easily access its busy town site from its municipal marina, which offers a length capacity of 120 feet plus overnight dockage, pump out facilities, a launch ramp, fuel and shore power. Simply moor there for the night to enjoy great shopping and dining or check out the Leamington Arts Centre in the old Post Office/Customs building.
Off the tip of the point is Pelee Island, which is famous for its award-winning and world-class wineries. It’s actually located on the same latitude as the prestigious wine regions of the world, including Napa Valley, California, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. The island has an area of about 11,000 acres, much of it devoted to grape production for excellent Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. Around the perimeter of the island is a main road offering excellent bicycle/walking trails, plus views of the lake and vineyards.
To the east of Pelee is Rondeau Provincial Park boasting the globe’s most fascinating sand spits. Centuries of wave action shaped unique sand ridges and sloughs. These sand dunes continue underwater, providing homes for an array of fish. You can wet a line here to catch trophy-size bass, walleye and rainbow trout. Nearby is the town of Erieau, where you can take advantage of the full-service marina offering fuel, transient docking, a restaurant and a launch ramp. The town site is a short distance away and has a wide variety of convenient services.
Head a little further east to historic Port Stanley, which features more transient docks and a restaurant. Railroad buffs will be happy to learn the Port Stanley Terminal Rail operates over a scenic, seven-mile portion of the former London and Port Stanley Railway line, between Port Stanley and St. Thomas, Ontario. This historic section of line was built in the mid-1800s and is fully restored with two historic stations.
A great family destination on Lake Erie’s north shore is Long Point, a natural marvel with its enormous sand spit that juts more than 32 kilometers into the lake. In fact, it was designated as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and is known for its lush Carolinian vegetation and shoreline marshes. Long Point Provincial Park protects much of this natural area from development, preserving it for everyone’s enjoyment. The fun continues at adjacent Turkey Point with its superb beaches and another large provincial park of the same name. It’s the only provincial park in Ontario with a golf course and is a naturalist’s paradise with a diverse ecosystem that includes marshes, bluffs and oak savanna. Hiking trails lead to a fish hatchery and magnificent, panoramic views of Lake Erie – so be sure to bring your camera.
Near the east end of Erie, at the southern terminus of the Welland Canal, is Port Colborne, a community full of excitement with well-groomed golf courses, dining, shopping, and miles of sandy beaches, including nearby Sherkston Shores, with more than one mile of white, sandy beachfront. Several events are held each summer including Canal Days, the Showboat Theatre and the popular Canal Fest - Antique Car & Craft Show.
Close to the entrance of the Welland Canal is Lock Eight, one of the longest locks worldwide. The annual Canal Days Festival is a community-wide celebration of Port Colborne’s marine heritage and each year, hundreds of people attend this waterfront family festival for its tall ship cruises, fireworks, multicultural food, kids’ zone and heritage displays.
Between Port Colborne and the eastern tip of the lake is Fort Erie. Rich in heritage and tradition, Fort Erie blends history with modern city services and is home to two marinas and miles of sandy, white beaches.
With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why so many people describe Lake Erie as the greatest of the Great Lakes.
Entering Canada by Pleasure Craft
The master of a recreational boat is the person in charge. As master of the recreational boat, he or she is required to go to a designated telephone reporting marine site and call the telephone reporting centre at 1-888-226-7277. No one except the master may leave the boat until authorization is given by the CBSA.
To find designated telephone reporting marine sites in your area, call 1-888-226-7277.
The master is required to follow these steps:
- give the full name, date of birth and citizenship for every person on the boat;
- give the destination, purpose of trip and length of stay in Canada for each passenger who is a nonresident of Canada;
- give the length of absence for each passenger who is a returning resident of Canada;
- give the passport and visa information of passengers, if applicable;
- make sure all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship documents;
- declare all goods being imported, including firearms and weapons;
- report all currency and monetary instruments of a value equal to or greater than CAN$10,000;
- for returning resident of Canada, declare all repairs or modifications made to goods, including the boat, while outside Canada; and
- give true and complete information.
As proof of presentation, the border services officer will give the maste a report number for their records. The master must give this number to a border services officer upon request.
Entering the United States by Pleasure Craft
Entering the United States from Canada on a recreational boat has definitely become easier in the last few years.
Every boat must call the USCustoms and Border Protection agency to report their arrival. Boaters who have not been pre-screened by the US and Canadian governments must then report at a port-of-entry for an inspection. Boaters who have obtained Form I-68 or NEXUS permits do not have to appear for an in-person inspection.
How to enter the US if you don’t have a Nexus or I-68 form
When entering the United States the boat master must call Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at1-888-523-2628 (1-888-523-BOAT). The call to the CBP must be made at least 30 minutes and up to four hours before arriving in the United States.The boatmaster must provide:
- an estimated time of arrival (ETA);
- the name and location of the landing site of arrival;
- the registration number and/or the name of the boat;
- the full name, date of birth, and country of citizenship and/or permanent residence status for all NEXUS members on-board;
- the destination, purpose of trip and length of stay in the US for each passenger; and
- passport and visa details of passengers when applicable or required.
The boat master must also
- ensure all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship, permanent residence status and/or other immigration status documents when applicable or required;
- declare all goods being imported, including currency information.
Boaters will then be directed to the nearest Port of Entry to satisfy the face-to-face requirement.
Erie, PA (814) 833-1355
Cleveland, OH (216) 267-3600
Ashtabula, OH (440) 998-3073
Toledo, OH (419) 259-6424
Sandusky, OH (419) 625-0022
How to enter the US with a Nexus card
NEXUS allows boaters to enter the United States from Canada by simply telephoning in their arrival to CBP at 1-888-523-2628 (1-888-523-BOAT). Boaters must supply all the information stated above in sections 1, 2 and 3 over the phone.
NEXUS program is a joint Canada-US initiative that offers facilitated customs and immigration clearance for recreational low-risk boaters entering either country. If you are transporting persons that are not NEXUS members, the boat must arrive at a “physical report site” (See section 4 above).
Application forms and a listing of regional CPCs are available on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website (www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus). For NEXUS toll-free information (US and Canada) call 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726). NEXUS is valid for five years.
How to enter the US with Form I–68
The Canadian Border Boat Landing Permit (I-68) allows boaters to enter the United States from Canada by reporting their arrival to CBP by telephone at 1-888-523-2628 (1-888-523-BOAT).Boaters must supply all the information stated above in sections 1, 2 and 3 by phone.
To obtain Form 1-68, boaters must undergo an initial inspection (including an interview), a check in the Interagency Border Inspection System and other law enforcement databases, and pay the fee. Form I-68 is only valid for one year.
For information on issuing locations and other details call:
Detroit, MI Service Port (313) 442-0368
Buffalo, NY Service Port (716) 843-8300
Cleveland, OH Service Port (440) 891-3800
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website
The short cruise from Crysler Marina to the Gallop Canal just west of Iroquis is a wonderful sight filled cruise taking a little more than an hour and a half depending on your crusing speed.
Heading west from Crysler Marina you pass Morrisburg on the north shore and Waddington NY on the South shore. You can avoid going through the current canal system (and the fee's) by navigating through the Iroquois Dam. Boats can navigate through the gates which are clearly marked with caution. The clearance is 8.5 feet and though they look daunting, they can be easily navigated by most boats. Note however the current here is strong so keep a steady speed and heading.
Iroquois is home to three sets of canal locks. The first set of locks was constructed in conjunction with the Galop canal around 1845.
The canal was improved, and new locks were built, in 1897. At 800 feet in length, these new locks were the cause of much fanfare—they were the longest locks in Canada at that time.
The final locks were built for the new St. Lawrence Seaway in 1954. These new locks are distinctive because they increased the depth capacity from 14 feet to 27 feet deep. This meant that roughly twice as much cargo could be shipped to and from the Great Lakes.
The old Galop Canal today is a beautiful spot to anchor for the day or overnight. With crystal clear waters you can see all the way to the bottom and is a favorite spot for many divers with two ship wrecks to dive on.
Campfires are permitted and the old locks provide a beautiful harbour setting for an overnight stay.
Give this cruise a try the next time your out, you wont be disappointed !
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Since you are reading this page then it is safe to say to that you already know basic website navigation such as typing web addresses, clicking through links and maybe even watching or listening to multimedia. That's great! What we'll do here is try to familiarise you with how to use our forum and its many options.
When you get done reading this you will be able to reply to existing posts as well as make new posts. You will know how to format your text, make links, add images and videos and much more. We're not going to teach you how to use every little button, gizmo or forum feature but rather provide you sufficient working knowledge to feel comfortable enough to get involved here in the forum. After that, you can do a sleuthing around to learn what the rest of the goodies do.
Set up your profile
When you find a community and forum that you like and plan on staying with for a while it is a good idea to set up and complete your profile. You access your profile by clicking 'My Profile' located at the top of the forum. This area is not much different than any other form you have filled out online or in real life except that much of the information in here is optional.
- Summary - All your settings from other tabs summarized.
- Edit Your Details - Edit your login name, email address and password.
- My Avatar - Select an avatar from those available or upload your own image. If you upload your own image, you can upload an image up to 250 x 250 pixels and 50 kilobytes. The forum will automatically scale the image for use in various locations.
- Look and Layout - Tweak a few forum appearance settings.
- My Profile Info - Fill in personal information that you don't mind sharing publicly. This is also where you fill out your forum signature.
- My Posts - List of your posts ordered by most recent. Handy for finding a post that you don't recall which board you posted it in.
- My Subscribes - List of topics that you have subscribed to send you an email notification for all new responses.
- My Favorites - List of topics that you have ticked as a favourite of yours so they are more easily identifiable in the forum list.
- Remember to press the 'Save' button any time you make changes in your profile.
Reply to an existing post
So, you have been lurking around the forum for a while reading every post and getting to know everyone. You have just read someone's post and you have finally decided you are going to reply and contribute some information of your own. Great! This is done by pressing one of the 'reply' buttons.
- Quick Reply - this brings up a small text area (without reloading the webpage) where you can quickly type a short reply. Press 'Submit' when you are done typing your response. If you have a change of heart you can press cancel and nothing gets posted regardless if you typed anything or not.
- Reply - This is the standard method in which you should reply when you want to reply primarily to the most recent post. The reason for this is because the subject line of your reply will autofill with the subject of the post from which you are replying. In case you were wondering, yes, you can change the subject. OK, now you are looking at what is called a text editor. Think of it as a slimmed down version of a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) in which you can format your text, add links, images, smilies, etc. More on how to format your post later. For now, type your response and press the 'Preview' button at the bottom of the page if you wish to view your post prior to submitting it. When you are done editing and are satisfied your post is ready to contribute to the forum then press the 'Submit' button.
- Quote - If you wish to quote someone's post whether in whole or in part you simple press the 'Quote' button located beside the 'Reply' button underneath each post. The is very useful if you wish to make light of or expand upon a prior post. Once you press the Quote button you are brought into the same editing environment that you use to edit or create any other post. At this point, you type your response directly to that quote. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
- Reply Topic - This button functions the same as the 'Reply' button with the exception that your subject line will autofill with the subject of the original post (OP). This may come in handy if you replying to a long post whose subjects may have changed over time but you want to reply to the OP. When you are done replying, press the 'Submit' button.
Create a new post of your own
Now that you have responded to a few other posts, and feel like an accepted member of the community, you want to tell us a little bit about yourself. To do this, you should start your very own topic so we can properly respond and greet you. Navigate to our General board and click on it so that you can see the list of all of the existing posts. At the top of the list is a button labelled 'New Thread'. Click that button to start your very own topic. You are placed at the same text editor that you used earlier when replying to posts. Simply type your message telling us all about yourself and press 'Submit'. Now you have your own post topic in the list.
Format your post
Remember we said earlier that the text editor is very similar to a word processor? Well, as in any word processor you can format and arrange your text for emphasis here in the forum.
The first, basic thing you should know is that the forum uses what's called BBcode or Bulletin Board Code. BBcode uses 'tags' to 'mark up' your text. Each 'tag' has an opening and closing 'tag' denoted within brackets. An opening tag will look like [ ] and a closing tag looks like [/ ]. Notice the slash in the closing bracket is the only thing that is different. If you forget the slash, the forum will interpret your closing bracket as an opening bracket.
The easiest way to 'mark up' your text is usually to type it out first, then select it, and press the appropriate button at the top of the editor. For example, if you wanted to make 'some text' bold you would type it out 'some text', then select 'some text' with your mouse, and then press the 'B' icon in the toolbar located just above the Message area (where you are composing your message). You will now see: [b]some text[/b]. When you preview or submit your message it will be displayed as 'some text'. Alternatively, if you know them, you can type the tags manually right along with the rest of your text or you can use the buttons at the top of the editor to insert the tags the fill in your text.
The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let's move on to what the Wiki doesn't cover.
There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.
First, you use a tag that creates the kind of list you want.
[ul] [/ul] = unordered list [ol] [/ol] = ordered list
Second, you use a list tag for each item in the list
[li] [/li] = each list item.
So, the code for an ordered list would look like this:
[ol] [li] 1st place[/li] [li] 2nd place[/li] [li] 3rd place[/li] [/ol]
Embedding a video in your post is a more recent addition to the forum and makes use of many video sharing websites on the web. This gives us the ability to show the video in our forum without having to host it ourselves or making you follow a link over some other website to see the video. Once you have a video that you want to post you need to find the unique identifier in the URL to that video.
It's difficult to provide detailed instructions or examples here, so we'll only cover the basics. Understand that each video sharing website uses a unique identifier for each video. For example, this video from YouTube whose URL is. You need to know the video's unique identifier (which differs depending on what site you visit); in our example, the unique identifier is bqJE5TH5jhc. Once you know what that unique identifier is you can embed that video in our forum by selecting the video hosting website from the 'video' drop down list at the top of the WYSIWIG editor pr typing the following:
[video type=] [/video]
If you were embedding a video from YouTube, for example, the bbcode would end up looking like this:
[video type=youtube] insert_unique_identifier_here [/video]
[video type=youtube] bqJE5TH5jhc [/video]
It's a good idea to preview your post to make sure the video is visible before submitting your completed post.
Edit your own post
There will be times when you make a post and you don't catch a misspelled word, fix a broken link or something that will require you to edit you post. It happens to us all so the edit button is easily accessible. When you are looking at one of your own posts that you need to edit you will find the 'Edit' button at the bottom of your post. Simply press the edit button and you use the same editor you used to create your post populated with the actual post. Edit your post as you see fit and, when you are satisfied, press the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. All done!
Visibility and notification of your favorite posts
Now that you have settled into your new community and everyone has met you, you want to be able to keep up with your favorite posts without checking in every five minutes to see if something new has posted. There a couple of ways that you can do that.
At the top and the bottom of every thread you will find the 'Subscribe' button. Pressing this button subscribes you to that topic so that any responses to that topic will generate an email notification to your email address stating that a new post has been made along with a link directly to said post for your convenience. You will notice the button now reads 'Unsubscribe' indicating that you are subscribed and pressing the button again will remove your subscription to that thread. Remember that you can also manage your subscriptions in your profile.
Another way of gaining visibility of threads that wish to keep an eye on is set them as your 'Favorite'. This will place an obvious indicator, such as a star, beside the topic name of the thread so that it will stand out in the forum list of topics. You will notice the button now reads 'Unfavorite' indicating that the post is already one of your favourites and pressing the button again will remove it from your favourites. This is a great way to get visibility on multiple topics that you wish to watch without getting spammed by email subscriptions. Remember that you can also manage your favourites in your profile.
The Karma System
The karma system is one of those neat little things that contributes to the community aspect of a website by empowering you to give feedback to those who deserve it. It is a tool you can use to show appreciation or disapproval for anything that another member has done.
Maybe you posted for help on how to do something and got such a swift and helpful response from another member that you want to show appreciation in more than just words. You can applaud them by giving them Karma. Perhaps another member responded to that same post negatively offering no help and unnecessarily making you look foolish when you genuinely needed help. You can smite them by take away Karma. However, should you smite someone, you should follow that up with a message to an admin or moderator and let them know just in case there is a larger issue.
Please use the karma system responsibly. Don't abuse it by artificially inflating someone's karma or waging a personal war against someone by reducing their karma unnecessarily. If abuse is detected the karma system will be shut off as it is not a necessity.
The karma controls are located in the top, right of each post we make in the forum. The '+' sign adds karma and the '-' takes it away. You cannot adjust your own karma.
Now that you know how to create your own posts, edit them, set notifications, etc, you are ready to explore the rest of the forum. Don't be afraid. Go click things and see what they do. If something 'breaks' or you don't understand how to use something make a post in the forum and ask for help.