At the end of the last ice age, over one hundred-thousand years ago, massive sheets of ice, called glaciers, advanced southward from Canada carving deep trenches in the earth like a trowel. As the earth warmed and the glaciers receded, the trenches filled with water and formed what we now know as the Finger Lakes. There are 11 lakes that make up what are traditionally considered the Finger Lakes. They range in length from 40 miles (Cayuga) to only 3 miles (Canadice) and in depth from 618 ft. (Seneca) to just 30 ft. (Honeoye). The Lakes are known for their breathtaking natural beauty, and the deep waters of the largest lakes, combined with the high hills alongside, create a “micro-climate” ideal for wine production. Some of the lakes are well developed with booming tourism industries and dotted with quaint towns and villages, while some are pristine and undeveloped with miles of peaceful, picturesque hiking and biking trails. All this makes the Finger Lakes region one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.
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