Great Lakes and Recreational Activities Such as Kayaking or Boating
The Great Lakes, with over 17,000 kilometers of coastline ; more than the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America combined ; offer an incredible variety of landforms and wildlife habitats. The sea kayak, modern successor to the traditional Inuit skin boat, is the ideal craft to explore and enjoy these vast freshwater seas.
The Lakes contain one fifth of all the world’s fresh water. Furthermore, the water in the lakes could cover all of Canada to a depth of one meter. Each of the Lakes is among the 15 largest lakes and inland seas in the world.
The Great Lakes consist of :
|Name||Size (sq km)|
|Lake Ontario||19,000||The eastern-most and smallest of the Great Lakes|
|Lake Erie||25,660||The southern-most Great Lake|
|Lake Michigan||57,730||The only Great Lake entirely within the United States|
|Lake Huron||59,570||Includes Georgian Bay.|
|Lake Superior||82,070||The western-most and largest of the Great Lakes|
Georgian Bay is part of Lake Huron. It is often called the sixth Great Lake. However, its eastern shore; including the 30,000 islands; was recently declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
This is to recognize the unique character of the area in its geology, biodiversity as well as heritage.
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