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Canadian-Lakes is located in Lower Michigan, approximately two and half-hours from Detroit, near the town of Mecosta. This is known as Michigan's "Big Rapids" region. Due to its central location between many of the state's major lakes, marshes, streams and the Muskegon River, the area is perfect for canoeing, tubing and kayaking, swimming, fishing and boating. The beautiful rolling hills and hardwood forests, creeks and wetlands of the Canadian Lakes region makes for an unforgettable vacation experience. There are numerous golf courses in the area, hiking trails, horseback riding and an abundance of campgrounds near Canadian Lakes, both primitive and modern. Other attractions include autumn color tours, and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice skating in wintertime. The nearby town of Mecosta holds a number of special events and festivals throughout the year, including a 4th of July Freedom Festival, Big Rapids River Days in August, and an annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival. Gaming is also available year round near Canadian Lakes at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Spa.

Surrounding areas: Mecosta, Michigan (4.6 mi), Stanwood, Michigan (7.1 mi), Six Lakes, Michigan (13.5 mi), White Cloud, Michigan (23.4 mi), Newaygo, Michigan (27.1 mi), Greenville, Michigan (28.2 mi), Bitely, Michigan (29.9 mi)

Canadian Lakes Vacation Rentals

Canadian Lakes Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Country Inn & Suites15344 Waldron WayBig Rapids, MI11.9 mi.(231) 527-9000
Super 8 Motel845 Water Tower RdBig Rapids, MI11.9 mi.(800) 800-8000
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center1005 Perry StBig Rapids, MI12.0 mi.(231) 796-4400
Super 8 Motel of Edmore1106 E Main StEdmore, MI18.3 mi.(866) 550-8838
Super 8 Evart940 West 7th StEvart, MI22.0 mi.(800) 800-8000
Comfort Inn - MT Pleasant2424 S MSNMT Pleasant, MI26.3 mi.(989) 772-4000
Fairfield Inn By Marriot2525 S University Park DrMT Pleasant, MI26.9 mi.(989) 775-5000
Super 8 Motel2323 S Mission StMount Pleasant, MI27.1 mi.(989) 773-8888
Baymont Inn-mt Pleasant5858 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI27.6 mi.(989) 775-5555
Best Western Inn5770 E Pickard StMT Pleasant, MI27.6 mi.(989) 772-1101
Microtel Inn5500 E PickardMt Pleasant, MI27.6 mi.(989) 772-7777
Americinn Lodge & Suites2525 W Washington StGreenville, MI28.1 mi.(616) 754-4500
Cronk's Oakridge Motel9135 Mason DrNewaygo, MI28.1 mi.(231) 652-1288
Hampton Inn5205 E Pickard RdMT Pleasant, MI28.3 mi.(989) 772-5500
Soaring Eagle Inn & Conference Center5665 E Pickard RdMount Pleasant, MI28.8 mi.(989) 772-2905

Canadian Lakes Weather & Climate

Michigan enjoys four distinct seasons and there is a saying that goes, "if you don't like the weather, wait a day and it will change." This is because the state is nearly surrounded by water, and the climate is influenced both by warm, humid air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico, and cold, dry air from the Arctic. The central region of the Lower Peninsula has warm summers with precipitation in the form of showers and thunderstorms. The climate is somewhat influenced by a "lake effect," which helps keep temperatures mild during the summer and increases the moisture content in the air throughout the year. In the winter, this moisture condenses as snow as it reaches the land, creating heavy snowfalls in some areas, known as "snow squalls" on the downwind shores of the lakes. Showers and thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer, and fall is often the sunniest time of the year in Michigan.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 11°F 2.15 in. -
February 32°F 12°F 1.56 in. -
March 42°F 21°F 2.38 in. -
April 55°F 32°F 2.95 in. -
May 69°F 43°F 3.20 in. -
June 77°F 52°F 3.19 in. -
July 82°F 56°F 2.68 in. -
August 79°F 55°F 4.29 in. -
September 70°F 46°F 3.88 in. -
October 58°F 36°F 2.97 in. -
November 44°F 27°F 2.99 in. -
December 33°F 17°F 2.35 in. -

Canadian Lakes Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located about 49 miles south of Canadian Lakes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located approximately 54 miles southwest of Canadian Lakes in Muskegon, Michigan, the Mbs International airport (MBS) located roughly 61 miles east of Canadian Lakes in Saginaw, Michigan, and finally the Capital City airport (LAN) located around 66 miles southeast of Canadian Lakes in Lansing, Michigan.

Canadian Lakes Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI51.6 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI53.0 mi.
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI69.6 mi.
Water Parks
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI46.5 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI53.0 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI69.0 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI87.4 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI113.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Falcon Head Golf CourseBig RapidsMI11.4 mi.
Katke Golf ClubFerris State UniversityBig RapidsMI11.4 mi.
Meceola Country ClubBig RapidsMI11.4 mi.
Birchwood Golf CourseHoward CityMI15.4 mi.
Pines at Lake IsabellaWeidmanMI18.6 mi.
Edmore Golf CourseEdmoreMI18.8 mi.
Spring Valley Golf CourseHerseyMI18.9 mi.
Riverview Highlands Golf CourseRiverviewMI19.8 mi.
Pilgrims Run Golf ClubPiersonMI21.0 mi.
Whitefish Lake Golf ClubPiersonMI21.0 mi.
Birch Valley Golf CourseSearsMI22.1 mi.
Brookside Golf CourseGowenMI23.0 mi.
Links at Bowen LakeGowenMI23.0 mi.
Village Green Golf CourseNewaygoMI27.4 mi.
Cedar Chase Golf ClubCedar SpringsMI27.9 mi.
Eagle GlenFarwellMI28.1 mi.
Holland Lake Golf CourseSheridanMI28.4 mi.
GlenKerry Golf CourseGreenvilleMI28.7 mi.
Crystal Golf CourseCrystalMI29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI19.6 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI34.4 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI37.5 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI46.5 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI59.5 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI72.1 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI89.3 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI90.7 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI96.7 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI96.8 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI104.6 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI107.8 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI111.2 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI118.8 mi.
State Parks
Newaygo State ParkMI15.3 mi. 
White Cloud State ParkMI23.8 mi. 
Wilson State ParkMI39.4 mi. 
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI46.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI69.9 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI87.4 mi.

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