This area of country is about as un-commercialized as any you’ll ever see.
The reason, I think, is the few people who live here year-round don’t need much….they’ve come here for the simple life….and most visitors are relatives of those who live here OR whose families have vacationed here for generations….and they’ve come here for the simple life!
The village where we’re parked can’t support two gas stations….there’s an empty Shell station. The BP station sells t-shirts & hunting licenses and rents videos.
The single grocery store serves two villages, and is closed on Sundays. The single hardware store is a small-town gem, with one of everything under the sun and two of a couple things!
The roads mostly go straight. This picture was shot on a rare hazy day, but see the line of low hills at the horizon? Sault Ste Marie….on the Canadian side…..about 28 miles….up the road that was laid out by a rifle!
“What,” I hear you ask, “does this have to do with the shore?”
Know how you go to St Augustine but can barely see the water, and then usually from the moving car window? Tall hotels line the shore….
Know how you can stop along Highway 1 in a dozen places near Bodega Bay? Oops, no room to park because they’re all jammed with people….
The shoreline here is unspoiled and available.
The main road runs along the shore for 35 miles from Interstate 75 (yes, the same one we drove in Dayton every day for 36 years!) east to the end of land at De Tour Village.
The second picture below shows the multiple shorelines that occur with the multiple Les Cheneaux Islands.
The final picture below is the marina at De Tour Village. I’m told most of the large ships going to and from Lake Superior and the Soo Locks travel the channel between De Tour Village and Drummond Island….which is just on the other side of this marina. Maybe we’ll get some shots for you before we leave the area….