Ospreys watching wearily from atop their tangled nests, blue herons skipping along the shore line, beaver slipping quietly into the water as the river boat glides along……
If departing by air to take a river cruise has become more of a burden than a thrill, you may be thinking…‟Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something here in Ontario.”
National Geographic has listed the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Rideau Canal as recommended places to visit. Have you seen either of these?
Ontario Waterway Cruises offers passengers the opportunity to see these waterways by taking a 5 day cruise on each of three different routes. The Kawartha cruise from Peterborough to Big Chute near Georgian Bay. The Quinte cruise from Peterborough to Kingston including the Thousand Islands. The Rideau cruise from Kingston to Ottawa.
It all started in 1981. After spending a week on a rented houseboat, a retired farmer from Bruce County dreamed of building a small cruise ship to showcase the beauty of our Ontario waterways. Construction of a 45 ton, 18 passenger boat commenced on a farm about 14 miles from Lake Huron. The neighbours began to ask the question…When is it going to rain Lloyd?
Today, the family owns and operates the 175 ton, 45 passenger Kawartha Voyageur which is truly a floating county inn that offers a unique cruising experience. Although Lloyd and Helen Ackert retired in 1993, they instilled a great deal of pride and attention to detail into their sons Marc and John who alternate as captain. 80% of the passengers are repeats or referrals who enjoy the casual family atmosphere, scenery at their fingertips, calm waters and stops to visit local communities.