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Dora Canal Cruise from Mount Dora

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Take a Tour of the Dora Canal

The Dora Canal Tour is a spectacular event that starts in Mount Dora on Lake Dora and follows the shoreline all the way down to the Dora Canal in Tavares. On the way to the canal you will pass Boathouse row; a unique area of homes that were once boathouses for Mount Dora’s elite but have now been converted into homes for the residents. You will also pass by many beautiful homes on the shoreline of Lake Dora with a stop at a Bald Eagles nest along the way. Just before you reach the canal you will pass the City of Tavares which is the Seat of Lake County that Mount Dora resides.

The Dora Canal is a little over a mile long and connects Lake Dora and Lake Eustis. The first quarter-mile from the south is populated but after that, it is like Florida 200 years ago.

The Dora Canal was originally a natural passage, through the swamp between Lake Dora and Lake Eustis but in the late 1880s, the canal was widened, deepened and straightened just in certain areas because it was the major artery for commerce until the 1890s when the railroads came through. The reason they altered the canal was because they would bring the old Paddlewheel Boats through which were long, flat bottom and tall boats that at times had a hard time getting through the canal especially during low water. When this happened, the captains would have to get the passengers out of the boat and into the water to help push and pull the boats around the corners. I don’t think we will have to do that with you! I’m sure you can imagine how well that went over with the passengers and that is why they altered the canal.

As we meander through the canal we will see Cypress Trees that are hundreds of years old with Cypress Knees jetting out of the water that allows the trees to breathe and remain stable.

During the voyage we will see large nests in the tops of the 200-foot tall Cypress Trees from Ospreys, Anhinga, Herons and others. You might also see Alligators, Turtles, Snakes and beautiful Flora and Fauna throughout the swamplands.

Once we get to Lake Eustis, we will do a quick turnaround and pass through the canal again to catch a glimpse of what you may have missed the first time; the “Real Florida” as Mother Nature intended.

Upon our arrival back to Lake Dora we will follow the shoreline more closely to take in the beautiful homes with a second viewing of the Eagle’s nest then a look at Mount Dora’s magnificent waterfront and lighthouse.

Gift Certificates are available online or at the docks for this cruise