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Cleveland to Canada

Has anyone sailed from Cleveland OH across Lake Erie to Canada ?
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We passed through the lake this summer, and lots of folks sail that trip. What do you need to know?
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Just remember that when you clear customs in Canada they trade you your boat for a dog sled and Igloo for the duration of your stay in Canada.

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Just remember that when you clear customs in Canada they trade you your boat for a dog sled and Igloo for the duration of your stay in Canada.
That is an offensive stereotype!

I have lived in Canada for 40 + years and I know that a couple of people have Ski-doos!

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That is an offensive stereotype!

I have lived in Canada for 40 + years and I know that a couple of people have Ski-doos!
Yea I can agree to this statement, but were talking North of OhiO, and there a little slower there, if he was saying Lake Ontario, then sleds would be standard issue

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I've heard it said that those who live in Ohio are merely hillbillies that never made it to Detroit, Michigan.
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There are several good destinations for a cruise from Cleveland to Canada. My recommendations would be:
Heading northeast- Port Stanley
Heading northwest- Leamington

Of course, you want to avoid the extreme northeast corner- the falls are there.

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If you make it to Port Colborne check out -
The Smokin' Buddha - Restaurant & Market
City of Port Colborne • Canal Days

This is the entrance to Welland Canal (H20 Highway), good marina, lots of slips available (no anchorages)
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Not fair to mislead the poster!

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Just remember that when you clear customs in Canada they trade you your boat for a dog sled and Igloo for the duration of your stay in Canada.
You know that is only in the winter (September to May). In the summer, July 1st to 27th - we all use canoes. In between, depends on the conditions of that particular year.

Nice triangular cruise to Port Stanley along the Erie shore to Leamington and then back to US with stops at some of the islands (if customs will allow it - been many years since Erie)
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Customs will allow it. You need to check in to Canadian customs when you touch shore there, then clear customs in US when you return- you can do this by videophone at several locations (one in the islands) but it's a nuisance. Otherwise get an I-68 for everyone on board and you can clear US customs by cellphone. On the way from the islands back to Cleveland recommend a stop in Vermilion. Some public docks there and a 5 star French restaurant overlooking the public docks.

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