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The Five Great Lakes of North America

Canada is home to no fewer than 30,000 freshwater lakes. Littering the landscape these glittering pools offer not only outstanding natural beauty, but are also a great source of food and water for the country, and offer numerous Gavin Manerowski opportunities for recreational pursuits. Yet for travellers such as Gavin Manerowski, it is the five Great Lakes that hold the biggest allure. Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Superior and Michigan lie landlocked along the Canadian and US border, and collectively comprise the single largest body of freshwater on the planet. Their 6 quadrillion gallons of water accounts for one fifth of all the fresh water on Earth.

Lake Michigan

The name of this lake offers a clue as to its immense proportions, as ‘Michigan’ derives from the word ‘mishigami’, the Ojibwa Indian word for large lake. In fact it is only the third largest of the Great Lakes by surface area, but nevertheless spans an impressive 22,300 sqm. It is also the only one of the five Great Lakes that is situated entirely within US borders.

Lake Huron

Beating Lake Michigan on surface area by just 700 extra square miles, Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes. Dotted with numerous small islands, Lake Huron boasts the longest shoreline of all the lakes, at 3,827 miles. It is named after the Hurons, also known as the Wyandot Indians, who used to live along its shores.

Lake Erie

This long narrow lake is the shallowest of the five and the one which holds the least water. It is the fourth largest of the Great Lakes by surface area. Its name means ‘Long Tail’ in Iroquoian, a term that accurately describes its shape.

Lake Ontario

The smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario has a surface area of 7,340 square miles. Its surface dimensions are comparable with those of Lake Erie, but it is exceptionally deep and consequently plays host to around four times the amount of water. Lake Ontario is situated at the base of Niagara Falls, and takes its name from the Huron word that means Lake of Shining Water.

Lake Superior

As its name suggests, Lake Superior is the most expansive of the Great Lakes by quite a large margin, and holds the largest volume of water. In fact, the name ‘Superior’ derived from the French ‘Lac Superior’, which simply means ‘upper lake’, and reflects its location north of Lake Huron.

There is no doubt that these glacially carved lakes have a magical quality that will continue to draw travellers like Gavin Manerowski to their shores. They have an enduring appeal, and form an integral part of the lives of the people who live beside them.

Gavin Manerowski | Being a tourist in America

America is a country, of course, but it is also a subject of conversation and debate to many all over the world. The country of America represents a huge global power, a political provocateur of all kinds of discussion across the globe, and of course a media-giant which inadvertently tells the rest of the world how to live their lives. The focus of this article will be on America as a tourist destination, a subject which is less often broached.

Gavin Manerowski

The first thing to say about America as a tourist destination is, the place is huge. America is an enormous country, and many of the states individually represent huge chunks of land far bigger than other holiday destinations, so the choice of what to do on your trip is huge.  It is this hugely varied selection that appeals to the masses of tourists who travel to America each and every year. Noted America enthusiast Gavin Manerowski has enjoyed much of the country, including the fine state of Nevada.

Nevada is famously home to Las Vegas, a town internationally recognised for its hotels and casinos, but there is much more to enjoy about this desert location than just the night time entertainment. The Nevada terrain is some of the most impressive on the planet, featuring huge rock faces, cliffs and outcrops all across the state. In addition to the natural wonders the Springs Preserve is a great representation of history in Nevada, and something of particular interest to seasoned travellers such as Gavin Manerowski.

The activities are near-endless, including opportunities for extreme sky-diving, group tours and even “creative adventures” that take tourists on stunning walks through the Nevada countryside to see the beauty of the desert and learn about the proud Nevada history.

Of course there are a multitude of other states for those with an interest in America, like Gavin Manerowski, to visit, but Nevada is undoubtedly a great place to start. America’s sheer size provides the opportunity to experience a wealth of climates and cultures all within one country, in this respect the country is largely unparalleled.