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What is it?
The Great Lakes Heritage Coast stretches more than 2,900 kilometres from Port Severn, north past Thunder Bay, to the U.S. border. The coast features:

* Rugged shorelines
* Woodland caribou
* Aboriginal rock paintings
* A history dating back 10,500 years (a
rea of historic significance to Ontario, a major route for opening up central areas of Canada
* Total area of the Great Lakes Heritage Coast 1.1 million hectares-coastline and inland areas
* About 290,000 inhabitants live along the coast
* 18 First Nation communities
* 13 major cities and towns
* Thunder Bay - one of world's largest grain ports
* Landscape shaped by glacial activity
* Extensive cliffs, bays, rocky outcroppings, windswept islands, forests and sandy beaches, marshes, dunes and fragile lichen barrens
* One of the favourite landscapes for the Group of Seven
* Exceptional mix of plant and animal species
* Lake Superior - freshwater lake with the largest surface area in the world
* Locks at Sault Ste. Marie - a vital link in Great Lakes shipping
* More than 30,000 islands in Georgian Bay
* More than 60 species of fish, including walleye, pike, bass, trout, muskellunge, salmon, whitefish, perch and lake sturgeon
* Great fishing and hunting opportunities
* Excellent canoeing, kayaking and boating
* Skiing, snowshoeing, skating and winter camping
* 67 parks and protected areas, including existing areas and areas identified as part of Ontario's Living Legacy
* Protected areas cover 760,500 hectares, an area one-third larger than Prince Edward Island

Reprinted by permission of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resourses