Looking for a laid-back way to see Georgian Bay?
The M.V. Chippewa III boat cruise is one of the hidden secrets of Georgian Bay! A former Maid-of-the Mist, built in 1955 in Owen Sound (also located on Georgian Bay); the boat came to Parry Sound in 1995.
Running from July 1st until Labour Day, this ship offers a variety of different excursions, depending on the day of the week.
Located directly across the road from 40 Bay Street B&B, if you have stayed here before, you have more than likely seen the green and yellow Chippewa III, as well as the red and white lighthouse ticket booth.
The most popular cruise is the day-long trip to have lunch at Henry’s Fish Restaurant, on Fridays. Located on Frying Pan Island in the Sans Souci area on the coast of Georgian Bay, Henry's is known for its famous fish and chips including battered and pan fried Pickerel dinners. (There are already a number of sold-out dates, so make sure you book ahead of time!)
Saturdays and Sundays’ offer a two hour scenic cruise in the afternoon, along with the opportunity to purchase from their fully licensed bar; snacks and BBQ items are available. Friday evenings offer a similar cruise, with the opportunity to enjoy one of Georgian Bay’s famous sunsets.
If you are in town on Tuesday, and would like to enjoy something different for dinner, enjoy a cruise down the South Channel to Craganmor's Island Restaurant, located on McLaren Island. This full menu restaurant on offers a great view, fireplace, pool table, video game, kids area, books, games and Satellite TV.
However, my favourite cruise is the Sunset Dinner cruise, offered every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. As the MV Chippewa III is a smaller boat, you can get a really good look at some of the 30,000 islands it passes by. This 2 ½ hour cruise explores the waterways of the Big Sound, spectacular summer cottages, resorts, the granite bluffs of Hole-in-the-Wall and numerous islands, returning to view Parry Sound's glowing skyline.
It is so nice to sit at a dinner table, sipping a glass of wine, and being served a delicious, multi-course meal that varies every night of the week. There are always main course options available and special diets can be accommodated with enough notice. However, in order to make sure there is a dinner waiting for you, it is essential that you reserve prior to noon on the day of the Dinner Cruise.
So, what are you waiting for? There are only six weeks of summer left – don’t miss this chance to slow down a bit and see a little bit of Georgian Bay at the same time! And if you need a place to stay, we’d love to be your host!