The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Parade of Horses

There are over 500 horses on Mackinac Island during the mild months. They are the literal work horses of the island doing everything from pulling visitors in large wagons on tours of the island to shuttling carts full of fresh supplies from the docks.

In November, all of these creatures are shuttled off of the island by ferry to take the winter off on farms on the mainland. 

Read more about it HERE


  1. I knew the carriage horses went to the mainland for winter, but do ALL the horses leave? How do people get around?

  2. All but a few horses leave. Islanders use snow mobiles in the winter.