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Water travel from Montreal to Great Lakes in Oct

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Water travel from Montreal to Great Lakes in Oct

We are ending a cruise in Quebec, with plans to stay there for 2 days and then travel to Montreal (by train?). After our visit there, we'd like to float to the great lakes. Is that possible in October?

Are there public ferries, as opposed to expensive cruise tours?

Which stops/towns would be good for getting off for a few hours OR over night?

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1. Re: Water travel from Montreal to Great Lakes in Oct

No public ferried. Didn't even know there were cruise tours. Very few people go from Montreal upriver. There is a ferry that goes downriver, but not upriver as far as I know.

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2. Re: Water travel from Montreal to Great Lakes in Oct

The reason why it is difficult to go from Montreal to the great lakes by boat for tourism is because of the numerous locks. The priority is to give access to the big commercial ships to go through the locks so the little private ones have to wait sometimes for hours to go through the locks. So if you want to go to the great lakes by boat you should go by road until after the locks in Ontario province where you can take boat tours. Go on the Ontario forum to know more about it.

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3. Re: Water travel from Montreal to Great Lakes in Oct

Thank you for clarifying the situation with the locks. We will pursue an alternate plan.

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