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Poster for 26th Annual Top of the Lake Snow & Ride

It’s still snowing in St. Ignace, so why not enjoy some snow fun while visiting this winter? St. Ignace is full of beautiful treasures to discover and Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum (that’s right, we have a snowmobile museum) wants to take you there! This unique experience brings together the community of St. Ignace and visitors for some adventure and fun - all with an adrenaline kick.

 

Three Day Event = Three Different Unforgettable Experiences:

This is three-day event will feature different itineraries each day. Depending on what time you arrive at, you can experience one day/event or them all!

 

On Friday, Feb 16th, a breakfast will be hosted at 7:30 am at the Naubinway Pavilion. From there a snowmobile ride, leaving at 11:00 am, will take you 13 miles to Cranberry Lodge where you can socialize with the community and enjoy some hot beverages and snacks. Finishing up day one of this event will include a shorter snowmobile ride, leaving at 6:30 pm.


Saturday, Feb 17th, will include an early display of Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museums’ ultimate antiques including the 1968 Ski-Doo Olympique. Locals are encouraged to bring their machines too and the best prize will be awarded for “Favorite Featured Sled”. Thereafter, a banquet put on by Engadine/Garfield Town Hall will commence at 4:30 pm, which features an auction and raffle give away. You can pre-purchase raffle tickets on the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum website.
 

Last but not least, starting at noon Sunday, Feb 18th, will feature a ride on the Ice Bridge all the way to Mackinac Island (Ice levels permitting).
 

Location, Raffle Tickets & More

The 26th Annual Top of the Lake Snow & Ride will begin in the Naubinway Pavilion, which is less than an hour from us at Best Western Harbour Pointe. This is not only a fun event to attend, but proceeds raised will be put back into the community through the “Top of the Lake Museum Building Fund”. This event is a great way for you and your loved ones to enjoy some fun in the snow before it melts away. Book with us at Best Western Harbour Pointe and relax in our complimentary whirlpool spa when you get back!
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When it comes to winter getaways, St Ignace certainly hard to beat.
 
Snow quietly blankets the region, providing a world of winter fun along its snowmobile trails and across its frozen waters. Sample the world class cross-country skiing at the Sand Dune Trails of the Hiawatha National Forest or tubing at Silver Mountain Hill. The region was simply built for winter fun!
 
But the pièce de résistance? St Ignace is ice hockey country, which means that there is a whole slew of events lined up for diehard fans. Here are a few of our favourites.
 
1. Battle at the Bridge Midget BB Showdown Youth Hockey Tournament
Taking place from January 12 to 14 at Little Bear East Arena, this midget division tournament has a four game minimum – possibly a fifth – and plenty of huge cup trophies and custom bridge medals up for grabs. Don’t miss the ice action!
 
2. 2018 Little Bear Invitational Men's Hockey Tournament
Taking place from January 26 to 28 at Lake Huron’s Moran Bay, this tournament is the 12th anniversary of the largest adult pond hockey tournament in Michigan – and it's a weekend any hockey fan would want to be a part of. Thursday evening starts with a meet-and-greet event, followed by a Detroit Red Wings Alumni Team exhibition game on Friday evening. Pond hockey takes center stage Friday and Saturday, with the championship games and awards taking on Sunday. More than 200 teams are expected on ice.
 
3. 2018 Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship
Taking place at Lake Huron’s Moran Bay from February 15 to 18, this fun event includes a meet and greet on February 15, regular games on February 16 and 17 and championship games on February 18, the second annual Yooper Ice Tennis Doubles Tournament on the 17th and 18th and – yes! – the Team Best Beard Contest!
 
4. U.P. 4-on-4 Youth Hockey Tournament
Taking place at the Little Bear Ice Arena from February 23 to 25, this is a weekend the kids won't forget, because they get the opportunity to take to the ice the way hockey was meant to be played: outdoors. All age youth divisions are included in the 4-on-4 action.
 
Delight in stunning sunrises, sunsets and lake views from your private balcony when you stay at the Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront. Nestled on 800 feet of private Straits of Mackinac shoreline, this gorgeous property offers guests pure relaxation and tranquility.
From high atop Castle Rock, to the tranquil shores of Lake Huron, St Ignace is a delight to explore during the summer months. Here are three ways to enjoy the pristine wilderness and shoreline wonders of the St Ignace region in the sunshine…
 
1. Beaches
Forget Hawaii and Jamaica… The beaches that lie just west St Ignace town centre can beat any tropical island – hands down. The fresh water is crystal clear and there are no stinging jelly fish or sharks to think about – just clear, fresh water and horizons that stretch forever and ever. And for the real wow-factor, check out the wind-swept Lake Michigan Sand Dunes. The beaches there are considered to be the finest in the Midwest. 
 
2. Lighthouses
The Straits of Mackinac have over a dozen lights strategically located on and around the islands, reefs and shores of northern Lakes Michigan and Huron. Many of these lights are still working today, while others stand as memorials to generations past.  Shepler’s Ferries offers a variety of lighthouse cruises, including an evening cruise, so you can see the lights at work as the sun slowly sets and the stars come out.
 
3. Hiawatha National Forest
Known as the ‘Great Lakes National Forest’, Hiawatha National Forest is surrounded by the three upper Great Lakes: Michigan, Superior and Huron. The region is a teeming ecosystem and you’ll find a wide array of fascinating habitats, from northern hardwoods and jack pine to inland wetlands. The forest is also home to the Grand Island National Recreation Area, Whitefish Scenic Byway, six lighthouses, five Wilderness areas and the Clear Lake Education Center.
 
If you’re looking for a relaxing hotel on the Straits of Mackinac shoreline, the BEST WESTERN Harbour Pointe Lakefront is a great option. With its waterfront rooms, private balconies, indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, the property has a laid-back resort-like atmosphere.