The Best of Sault Ste. Marie and Mackinac Island: A Trans-Border Discovery

Embark on an adventure between two countries, discovering timeless traditions, natural wonders, historical landmarks and cultural heritage with friendly locals and experts.
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Program No. 21920RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Join us for a cross-border learning adventure that takes you from one of the oldest continuous settlements in North America to an island suspended in time. Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada, has been inhabited for thousands of years. Equally ancient Mackinac Island became popular as a vacation destination in the late 19th century. Accessible only by boat and plane, the island maintains its Victorian ambiance with a focus on simple pleasures and a ban on cars. Learn from experts about history, culture, people and achievements through the ages.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles per day, including two nature trail walks. Transportation on Mackinac Island by horse-drawn carriage, walking.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Recall earlier eras as you explore Mackinac Island by horse-drawn carriage to study its architecture and history with lunch at the Grand Hotel.
  • Travel to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to view the dunes above Lake Michigan and learn about the geology and ecology of the dune plateau area.
  • Learn about the importance of the fur trade during a field trip to Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site.
Featured Expert
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Elizabeth Edgar- Webkamigad
Liz Edgar-Webkamigad graduated from Mount Royal College’s Social Service Worker program, holds a bachelor’s in the Ojibwe language (Anishinaabemowin) and a bachelor’s in education. She is currently pursuing her master’s in integrated studied. She has been a social worker for other 30 years and is known for her storytelling, humor and wit. Liz is a mother of four as well as a traditional buckskin dancer. Liz currently works as the director of Shingwauk Residential Schools Center, teaches part time and is active in community development.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Elizabeth Edgar- Webkamigad
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