The Western Finger
Lakes region is a water lover's paradise. Boating, fishing
and swimming are all popular summer activities. Because of their tremendous
depth, (the deepest, Seneca, is over 600 feet), the larger lakes do not freeze
even in the frigid Western New York winters.
The unique climate of the lake
region is ideal for grape growing and wine making.
cities of Geneva and Canandaigua were important pioneer settlements in the early
history of Western New York. Ontario County "the
mother of counties", at one time took in most of the Genesee Country.
to Indian legend, Bare Hill at the foot of Canandaigua Lake near Naples was the
birthplace of the Seneca people. The death throes of a wounded serpent (right)
supposedly cleared the hill of its vegetation, and thus the name.
Seneca capital, Ganondagan, near Victor in Ontario
County, is now a state historic site.
Note:For purposes of this travel
guide, the Western Finger Lakes region is considered to comprise the counties
of Ontario, Seneca, and
Yates. Under the New York State "Vacationland"
scheme, these three counties are included in the 14 county Finger Lakes region.
A Native American artists conception
of the creation of Bare Hill above Canandaigua Lake