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Set off with PONANT aboard LeChamplain,?on a brand-new?11-day expedition cruise to discover Lake Superior and enjoy an exceptional exploration of flamboyant nature in the Indian summer, and of the cultural riches of the Indigenous communities and colonies that have lived in the region.
Departing from Thunder Bay, explore the world's largest freshwater lake, designated as a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. It is split between the United States, in the south, and Canada, in the north. Its rocky shoreline covered in boreal forest rises from the shimmering waters and reveals stunning panoramas.
Le Champlain will first set a course for the Slate Islands, known for their Provincial Park and abundant nature, before continuing its voyage toward the lake's North Shore Inside Passage taking time to explore this mineral and wooded region from the water or on land. From lighthouses dotting the shorelines decked in autumnal colours to an ecosystem with exceptional riches in Terrace Bay, Rossport and Red Rock, this larger-than-life corner of the world offers its enchanted visitors, precious moments filled with warm encounters with the local communities and historical sites discovery.
Next, your ship will take you to visit the community of Silver Islet, established on an old silver mine in an enchanting setting. Delight in the splendour of this lacustrine environment surrounded by blue, and meet the people who live there.
You will then make your way to the southern end of the lake where, upon arriving in the charming city of Bayfield, you will be greeted with a performance by members of the Ojibwe (Chippewa) tribe. After sailing along the Keweenaw Waterway, you will discover the Apostle Islands. This archipelago of 21 islands is a biodiversity sanctuary home to some 800 botanical species and invaluable treasures including its sea caves, remarkable geological formations carved out of red sandstone over time.
Your exploration will continue with Lake Michigan and Mackinac Island, an insular haven steeped in old-world charm, before reaching Door County and the small town of Sturgeon Bay. Its landscapes, its jagged coastline dotted with historic lighthouses, and its vineyards and fruit trees as far as the eye can see compose a lovely postcard of "the orchard of the Midwest".
Finally, you will sail to your disembarkation port in Milwaukee, on Lake Michigan, where your cruise will draw to an end.