Hundreds of beaches along the shores of the Great Lakes draw millions of visitors each summer (‘Our Great Lakes’ Michael Keating).
The Great Lakes host 1.5 million recreational boaters each year (Environment Canada).
Approximately 250 million visitors pass through national, provincial and state parks as well as historical places around the Great Lakes, both in Canada and the US, each year (Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System).
The Great Lakes are a cruise destination.
Combined, the commercial and sport fishing industry on the Great Lakes is valued at over $4 billion annually (Great Lakes Information Network).