The Miami & Erie Canal in Toledo

Great Lakes Museum

2023 Fall Tour-Toledo, Ohio

Sponsored by: The Canal Society of Ohio, Inc.

September 29 & 30; October 1, 2023

Tour Hotel: Holiday Inn Express, 3154 Navarre Road, Oregon, Ohio

The Canal Society of Ohio will explore a number of prime attractions in the Toledo metropolitan area. We will take a boat tour on the Maumee River and follow this with lunch at the original Tony Packo's Restaurant. The afternoon will be spent at the ever expanding National Museum of the Great lakes where there is the museum as well as a lake freighter and a lake tugboat to explore.

Friday Sept, 29th:      5:00pm to 7:00pm. Registration is at the Holiday Inn Express the hotel lobby.

                                    7:00pm "Tour Preview" held in a hotel meeting room of the next day's activities. 

Saturday Sept, 30th:  6:00am to 7:30am. Self service breakfast will be available in the hotel's nook.
                                     7:45am to 8:I5am. Final check-in in the Holiday Inn Express lobby for those previously                                       registered who did not arrive on Friday.

                                     8:15am to 9:15 am. Tutorial will be presented on routes of the canal in Toledo.

                                     9:15am to I0:00 am. Carpool to the Sandpiper boat dock in downtown Toledo.

                                    10:00am to 12:00pm. A narrated boat ride on the Maumee River entitled "Discover the                                       River" will take place aboard-the Sandpiper excursion boat.

                                    12:15pm to 12:45. We will carpool to lunch.

                                    12:45pm to 2:00 pm. Lunch at the original Tony Packo' s.

                                     2:00pm to 5:00pm. Carpool to and visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes, the                                         SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker lake freighter, and the SS Ohio tugboat.

                                     6:30pm. Catered dinner at the Holiday Inn Express meeting room. Our speaker will be                                       Julia Wiley, a local attorney, who is President of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield                                                     Preservation Commission. She will talk on "Wayne's Traitors: a Many-Headed                                                     Monster of Conspiracy and Deceit" regarding the interplay between General Wayne                                           and General Wilkinson in the context of the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

Sunday October, 1:   9:00am to 12:15pm. For those that are interested, there will be a tour of the Maumee                                          Sidecut, which features four restored canal locks. Time permitting we will also go to                                            Ward's Canal, a nineteenth century industrial canal which empties into Lake Erie which                                      was recently highlighted in the Spring, 2022 Towpaths article.​

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If any additional questions contact Mike Morthorst, Tour Chair at 513-791-6481 or at

Tour reservations and payment should be mailed to Kay Sheldon, CSO Treasurer, 5153 North Barton Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039-2306. The reservation deadline for the tour and banquet is September 22, 2022. Please use the accompanying sheet and enclosed envelope.

$ 99.00 Complete Tour Package (fee includes boat ride, lunch, museum, banquet and tour book)

$ 75.00 Saturday Tour only (fee includes boat ride, lunch, museum and tour book)

$ 33.00 Saturday Banquet only
$ 12.00 Tour Book only (includes postage)

Hotel Reservations: 
Making reservations are the responsibility of the individual and can be made by calling the hotel. A block of 25 rooms has been secured in the name of the Canal Society of Ohio at the Holiday Inn Express. Call the Holiday Inn at 3154 Navarre Road at 1-691-8800 by September 22, 2022. To make a reservation, mention the Canal Society of Ohio. Rates are: $119 per night for singles or doubles (plus tax).

Hotel Location:

The hotel is at 3154 Navarre Road (State Route 2) in the Oregon area. It is east of I-280 once you use exit 7 to leave that freeway. A Big Lots store (address 3010 Navarre Road) is very obvious on the south side of the road and the hotel is approximately two tenths of a mile further on the same side of the street. It is located in the Peter Navarre Shopping Center and is a multistory building located some distance back from the street.

 Nearby Hotels:

 Comfort Inn: 2930 Navarre Avenue, Oregon. 419-691-8911

 Hampton Inn: 2931 Navarre Ave, Oregon. 419-724-3333

 Sleep Inn: 1761 Meijer Circle, Oregon. 419-697-7800

Tour Committee:  Mike Morthorst, Chair; Andy Hite; Dave Gschwind, and Kay Sheldon.

Canal Society of Ohio Inc.