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View Poll Results: Which lake has the Best Cities
Ontario 18 29.51%
Erie 6 9.84%
Michigan 37 60.66%
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:11 PM
 
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Besides Chicago and Milwaukee, which cities or even noteworthy towns does Lake Michigan have on its shores?

Lake Ontario has 9 cities of 100,000+ people that I can think of (Golden Horseshoe Cities: Toronto: 2.8 million; Mississauga: 700,000; Oakville: 180,000; Burlington: 180,000; Hamilton: 500,000; St. Catherine's: 130,000; Oshawa: 140,000 ~ that's 7 cities with a total population of 4.6+ million people all in the Golden Horseshoe, with coastlines on Lake Ontario, with the two furthest being a 90-minute drive from each other). There is also Kingston with a population 128,000, that is 3 hours north of Toronto. On the American side, I guess I can't technically include Buffalo, because even though it has suburbs on Lake Ontario, the city is mostly oriented to Lake Erie. But there is Rochester, NY, with a population of 1 million. That is almost 6 million people in 9 cities, in two countries that have coastlines on Lake Ontario. There are dozens of cities with populations of <100,000 on both sides of the border on Lake Ontario.

In addition to the cities, Lake Ontario has numerous world-famous locations like Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Thousand Islands, and Prince Edward County (along with Niagara, PEC has become famous for its wines, especially in the UK).

Lake Michigan is beautiful, Chicago is a great city, Milwaukee is pretty decent, and there are great beaches and towns along the lake, but I don't know if Lake Michigan can claim the best cities of all the Great Lakes. But since this is an American-centric forum, I don't doubt many will disagree with me even if they've never visited either lake or the cities on them.

Yup...just as I thought, the poll already favours Lake Michigan, even with all cities and world-famous destinations I named on Lake Ontario. Sometimes this forum is just silly in its biases
The Greater Toronto (GTA) is over 6 million people alone, actually: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Toronto_Area

Adding in the metros of Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Rochester, and the smaller cities of western/central NY and of the northern coast of Lake Ontario in Ontario (e.g. Kingston), you probably have a population that isn't too far off from Lake Michigan's (although I suspect there are still more people on Lake Michigan than Lake Ontario, overall).
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:39 PM
 
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Another example is Downtown New Orleans is 5.5 miles from Lake Pontchartrain, but I don't think anyone would say New Orleans isn't on Lake Pontchartrain.
Rochester is 4 miles from Irondequoit Bay, if it isn't on Lake Ontario then Philly isn't a coastal city, Houston isn't a coastal City, Toledo isn't on Lake Erie.
Strawmen.

Who is saying any of those places are situated where you say they aren't? I wouldn't argue that any of those cities are coastal. Galveston is the coast; Philly and Toledo aren't even close to being shore cities.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:40 PM
 
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Lake Michigan easily. Chicago, Milwaukee, and Green Bay trump Cleveland, Erie, and Buffalo by far.
What about Put-in-Bay, Sandusky/Cedar Point/Port Clinton, the various resort towns in NE Ohio, and the Lake Erie wine belt?
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Old 07-27-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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Strawmen.

Who is saying any of those places are situated where you say they aren't? I wouldn't argue that any of those cities are coastal. Galveston is the coast; Philly and Toledo aren't even close to being shore cities.
Just like with Rochester, most of the city lies on a river (Maumee) to the south(west) of the lake - but there is also a portion of the city that is on the lake, Point Place (Point Place Toledo Ohio - Toledo.com).

Philly is comparatively very far from a shore line.
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:57 AM
 
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What about Put-in-Bay, Sandusky/Cedar Point/Port Clinton, the various resort towns in NE Ohio, and the Lake Erie wine belt?
That's still not enough to tie Chicago.
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