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EDITORIAL: Encouraged by Falls hotel growth
Niagara Gazette (6/5)
One of the largest gaps between Niagara Falls, U.S.A. and Niagara Falls, Ontario, involves one of the key elements of any tourism destination: quality hotel rooms. Now the American side is adding more rooms.

Great Lakes byway becomes flyway for spring migration of birds
The Syracuse Post-Standard (4/13)
From now into early June, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway, with 518 miles of open water, feeder streams, backbays, and diverse shoreline habitat, becomes a fabulous flyway for spring bird migration.

Lakes Erie and Ontario offer great sand, shells
The Buffalo News (7/16)
With an abundance of lakes and rivers in the area, there are numerous beaches to choose from for sun and fun along lakes Erie and Ontario.

Lake Erie ferry proposal gets a financial boost
The Plain Dealer (9/13)
Plans for a passenger and cargo ferry crossing Lake Erie have received a boost from Canadian officials who agreed to put $315,000 toward a study.

Grandest canyon of the East
The Columbus Dispatch (6/3)
Letchworth State Park near Rochester, N.Y., offers visitors views of waterfalls, gorges and wildlife; the Genesee River has cut a gorge as deep as 600 feet on its way to Lake Ontario.

Greenway: Coalition concerns take center stage
The Journal-Register (12/12)
Calls for minor and major changes to the draft plan for the Niagara River Greenway were aired during a public hearing held at Conference Center Niagara Falls on Tuesday evening. A New York state law signed in 2004 calls for the creation of an interconnected system of sites along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

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General Resources
Chamber of Commerce Directory
Looking for travel information or a business directory for a specific Great Lakes community? Chambers of Commerce offer a wealth of information on these and many other topics. This site offers quick links to the Chamber offices in each state.

Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
Waterfront Regeneration Trust
Stretching 218 miles (350 km) along the shore of Lake Ontario, the Waterfront Trail integrates ecological health, economic vitality and a sense of community.

New York State Travel and Tourism
New York Department of Economic Development
Official New York tourism site.

New York State's Seaway Trail
The New York State Seaway Trail is a 454-mile scenic route paralleling Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Ontario Ministry of Tourism
Ontario's official tourism web site.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
U.S. SLSDC and Canadian SLSMC
This joint, binational site of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation offers comprehensive data on water levels and wind speeds; shipping and navigation regulations and official forms; and links to every organization, port and government agency involved with the Great Lakes Seaway System.

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Seaway Trail and Circle Tour Road Route
Follow the signs! Pennsylvania to Buffalo, New York:
ROUTE: PA-5 to NY-5 E
MILEAGE: Approximately 120 mi/200 km.

Buffalo, NY to Watertown, NY:
ROUTE: Follow NY-104 north of Buffalo to NY-18 east. In Rochester, follow NY-104 east to NY-104A south of Oswego. North of Oswego, follow NY-3 to Watertown.
MILEAGE: Approximately 250 mi/410 km.
Watertown to Massena, NY:
ROUTE: Follow NY-12 to NY-37 east.
MILEAGE: Approximately 120 mi/203 km.
Massena to Niagara Falls, ON:
ROUTE: Follow NY-37 across the bridge into Canada. Go west on Provincial Highway 2. In Hamilton, ON, follow the QEW to Niagara Falls.
MILEAGE: Approximately 366 mi/610 km.

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Cities and Towns
Alexandria Bay, New York
Located on the St. Lawrence River, near the 1000 Islands.

Buffalo, New York
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, near Niagara Falls.

Hamilton, Ontario
Located along the western shore of Lake Ontario.

Kingston, Ontario
Located on the St. Lawrence River, near the 1000 Islands.

Massena, New York
Located along the St. Lawrence River.

Rochester, New York
Located along the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

Toronto, Ontario
Located along the western shore of Lake Ontario.

Watertown, New York
Located along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario.

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Lodging and Camping
Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
Information on B&Bs in Ontario.

New York State Bed and Breakfast Association
Information on B&Bs in New York.

New York State Camping
New York Department of Economic Development
Search under type of campground, emenities, etc.

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Parks and Recreation
1000 Islands: Virtual Travel Guide
Provides recreational information for the 1000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.

Destination Niagara
Provides information on attractions, events, sightseeing and more for the Niagara Falls region of Ontario.

Info Niagara
Providing tourism information on the Niagara Falls region, including the wine country, parks and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Ontario Parks
Ministry of Natural Resources

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Related Resources
GLIN: Highways in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Lake Ontario
GLIN: Lake Ontario Facts and Figures
GLIN: Lighthouses in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Michigan
GLIN: New York
GLIN: Ontario
GLIN: St. Lawrence River and Seaway

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