Sault Ste. Marie Ontario
"Mackinac Island Excursion"
Mackinac Island Michigan is one of North America's premier tourist destinations, and is an easy transfer for cruise passenger's guests visiting the Port of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. The village of Mackinac was incorporated in 1817 and the Island and the Island played a strategic role in the history of North America-first with the British, then the American military. To this day motorized vehicles are prohibited on Mackinac Island. Fort Mackinac was constructed by the British in 1780 and turned over to the Americans following the war of 1812. By the 1880's the economy of Mackinac changed to focus on tourism. It was during this era that many of the Victorian homes were built, as well as the aptly named Grand Hotel.
The excursion to Mackinac Island begins with a 60-minute transfer via Interstate 75 to St. Ignace MI. Passengers board a fast ferry for an 18-minute transfer across the Straits of Mackinac to Mackinac Island. Passengers then board 12-passenger horse drawn carriages for a one-hour tour of the Island, narrated by local experts. This carriage tour focuses on the history of the Island, unique Victorian architecture, military history, and current life on the resort Island. Passengers arrived at the opulent Grand Hotel for lunch in the 600-seat dining room. The Grand Hotel offers lecturers in private function rooms on the history and construction of the Grand Hotel. Passengers depart the Grand Hotel and are transferred by 7-passenger surrey to Fort Mackinac. Fort Mackinac is staffed by soldiers in period costume and provides re-enactments of life at the Fort circa 1880. Following a tour of the Fort and the near-by Governor of Michigan's summer cottage, passengers are transferred back to the downtown for free time in the various shops, before a ferry transfer back to St. Ignace and return to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. Local fudge is one of the signature products of Mackinac Island.
Duration: 7 hours