Michigan - motor city, motown music, Madonna and Henry Ford quickly come to mind. But this midwestern state that straddles the Canadian border, also shares borders with Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and four of the five Great Lakes.

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: We'll be driving through Windsor spending a few days in Michigan. Could you provide a brief introduction and where I can get more information on Michigan. Any info you have would be helpful.

A: Mention Michigan and visions of motors, motown music, Madonna and Henry Ford quickly come to mind. But this midwestern state that straddles the Canadian border, also shares borders with Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and four of the five Great Lakes. So the old Indian word "meicigama" which means "great water" is certainly an apt name for Michigan.

Michiganites often like to describe their Wolverine state as Upper and Lower Peninsula. That's no surprise when you consider Michigan's motto, "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." Dotted with over 10,000 inland lakes and with over 3,000 miles of shoreline, Michigan is a prime area for sport fishing and other marine activities.

Whether your interest is in cars, casinos, music or sailing up one of the many straits and harbours, Michigan year round is chockfull of attractions and events.

For trip planning, call toll-free 1-888-78-GREAT (1-888-784-7328) and ask to speak to a travel counsellor or visit Michigan Travel's web site, www.michigan.org. The site includes info on deals, attractions, shopping, lodging, dining, driving tours and other travel-related info.

For weekly up-to-date information, you can subscribe online to receive a free weekly electronic newsletter. Lastly, when traveling through Michigan, you'll discover there are 13 Welcome Centres available where you can pick up brochures and speak to travel counsellors.

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