A few quick facts about Lake Superior:
- Lake Superior is, by surface area, the world’s largest freshwater lake. The surface area is 31,700 square miles or 82,170 square kilometers
- Lake Superior contains 10% of all the earth’s fresh surface water.
- There is enough water in Lake Superior (3,000,000,000,000,000–or 3 quadrillion– gallons) to flood all of North and South America to a depth of one foot.
- The Lake Superior shoreline, if straightened out, could connect Duluth and the Bahama Islands.
- In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.
- Water in Lake Superior is retained, on average, 191 years.
- Some of the world’s oldest rocks, about 2.7 billion years of age, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior.
We spent three weeks driving clockwise around Lake Superior. We started and ended our journey in Superior, Wisconsin. We didn’t plan much and took it day by day.
Major highlights of our trip:
-Pebble Beach in Marathon, ON. The name “Pebble Beach” doesn’t do this beach justice. The beach is full of what look like dinosaur egg-sized rocks. All smooth and beautifully rounded.
-We visited all of the National parks in the US and Canada that were within the circle: Grand Portage National Monument (Grand Portage, MN), Pukaskwa National Park (Heron Bay, ON), Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site (Sault Ste. Marie, ON), Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Munising, MI), Keneenaw National Historical Park (Calumet, MI), Isle Royale National Park (Houghton, MI), and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Bayfield, WI). At each one we completed junior ranger activity booklets (or the xplorer booklets in Canada). Iola earned 7 new badges!
-July 1st is Canada Day. Canada Day is a day to celebrate the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867, which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. We celebrated the 150th Canada Day in Sault Ste. Marie. It was fun to see all the Canada pride! We shared in the pride by wearing white and red and flying the Maple. We enjoyed some poutine while listening to “Oh, Canada!” Our favorite part of the day was getting our picture taken with Canada’s first woman in space, Roberta Bondar!
-We celebrated Independence Day on July 4th in Munising, MI. We enjoyed a small town, candy-throwing parade.
Other quick stats:
1 US Dollar = 1.32 CA “Loonies”
5 Libraries visited
1 Rock Mine