Crossing the Straits

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Have you ever wondered what the Straits of Mackinac looks like during the winter season? Here are some shots from the winter boat this past week.  During the winter, the Mighty Huron boat, aka 'Slow Boat' goes across the Straits of Mackinac from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island. Since it’s slightly shorter from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island, the boat just runs from St. Ignace from November 1st and not from Mackinaw City. It takes about one hour to get across and so often, you will see the sunrise while on the boat. It is absolutely stunning.  The lake is...

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Greany Grove

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Today we’re sharing about Greany Grove on Mackinac Island! Did you know that every season, different Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops come to work at Fort Mackinac and stay in the Barracks on the Fort grounds?  The program all started in 1929 with eight Eagle Scouts and has grown from there. In 1975, the first Girl Scout Troops were welcomed into the program! Before he was President, Gerald R. Ford served as a guide at Fort Mackinac and as the Michigan “Governor’s Honor Guard”.  Greany Grove, which is located on the East Bluff, near Fort Mackinac is in honor...

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Way to Be Outside in the New Year

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Happy New Year! At Canvas and Paddle, we’re setting the goal to be outside more, drink more water and get that Vitamin D sunshine as much as possible, which can be hard in Northern Michigan! We thought we’d share some ways that we plan to get outside this month: Walking the local trails.  Snowshoeing at a nearby State Park (find a list for a state park close to you here:,4570,7-350-79133_79205---,00.html) Go sledding with the family at a local hill or just in your backyard! Head to the ski slopes for some downhill skiing or cross country skiing.  Fat tire...

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Winter Fun in Northern Michigan!

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  Snow has finally arrived in Michigan and we are ready for it! Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite Up North Winter Activities and where to go!  Snow Shoeing: There are so many trails in Northern Michigan to use for snow shoeing. There are trails at North Central Michigan College that are perfect to use, or another local favorite is Pond Hill Farms! Pond Hill Farms has miles of trails for Snow Shoeing, Cross County Skiing, Fat Tire Biking and Sledding!  Skiing: Do you like to ski? While it might be different this year, the ski slopes are still...

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Stocking Stuffers For Him

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The holidays are quickly approaching! Buying for the guy in your life is always the hardest! He either doesn’t want anything or more likely, buys what he wants when he wants it! Here’s our round up of 10 Stocking Stuffers for HIM that we think he’ll love!    Great Lakes Coffee: The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company offers unique and wonderful flavors will keep your morning bright. Frosted Glass: These vintage inspired souvenir glasses are perfect for your orange juice in the morning, as decoration, and even as gifts! Beard Oil from Duke Cannon: There is a fine line between...

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