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While fall out on the water can be chilly, the good news is that the summer-like warmth will be hanging around a while longer this fall. According to The Weather Network’s fall forecast, above-normal temperatures can be expected across southern Ontario, south and east from the Nickel Belt. As for precipitation, expect wet weather to be near, to slightly below, normal across southern Ontario. If you want to cruise in the Muskoka area, you had better not wait too long: the leaves are changing colours already! (Photo courtesy Muskoka Steamships)


Grab your camera, deck shoes and a warm sweater
— it's time for a scenic fall colour boat cruise in Ontario


News Archive BY MYNEWWATERFRONTHOME.COM
If you’re like us, you never tire of that annual rite known as the fall colours. It’s when forests and meadows and treed boulevards turn from green to a riot of reds, yellows and oranges. It’s the colour of happiness, though tinged with a bit of sadness because after all, this display of natural beauty leaves little doubt that summer, alas, is truly over.  

But what is not to love about autumn? Along with crackling leaves underfoot and a nip of frostbite at your nostrils, there are trails to explore without fear of heatstroke, freshly picked apples to crunch, pumpkins to carve and thanks to give for nature’s bounty.  

Autumn is also the best time to head off for a romantic weekend at a cozy inn in the country, or to gather the family for a road trip: you’ll find fewer cars clogging the highways, and summer prices smartly lowered to reflect the change of seasons.  

If you’re like us and love water, you’ll want to fit a cruise into your 2012 leaf-peeping tours. The combination of fresh air, vivid colours and shimmering waters is truly good for the soul. To help you set your compass, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite fall colour boat cruises in Ontario. The most popular cruises are booking up fast, so don’t wait to make that reservation!  

And while fall out on the water can be chilly, the good news is that the summer-like warmth will be hanging around a while longer this fall. According to The Weather Network’s fall forecast, above-normal temperatures can be expected across southern Ontario, south and east from the Nickel Belt. As for precipitation, expect wet weather to be near, to slightly below, normal across southern Ontario.  

So grab a sweater and start cruising!   

NORTH BAY

Depart from: King’s Landing, 200 Memorial Dr.  

THE BOAT:
Chief Commanda II (320-passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:
North Shore Fall Colours Scenic Cruise, by Georgian Bay Cruises  

ABOUT:
Climb aboard the Chief Commanda II, the first all-aluminum catamaran passenger vessel in Canada, for a two-hour cruise along Lake Nipissing, one of the largest lakes in Northern Ontario. View the fall colours along with open vistas, natural beaches and rising escarpments along a path first travelled by natives and voyageurs.  

SCHEDULE:
Sept. 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 27, 30
Oct. 4, 7, 8  

COST:
$25, adult
$24, senior 60-plus
$15, youth (13-16)
$13, child (5-12)
$2, child (under 5)
$76, family (2 adults plus 3 children)  

RESERVATIONS:
Call 705-494-8167 
For more info, go online     



PARRY SOUND

Depart from: The town dock, 9 Bay St.  

THE BOAT:
Island Queen V (550-passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:
Fall Colour Cruise, by 30,000 Cruise Lines  

ABOUT:
Enjoy the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Thousand Islands region and the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows on the maples and birches along the shoreline and in the tall green pines and lush cedars on the islands. The three-hour wilderness cruise will take you through narrows and around lighthouses and other landmarks best viewed from the water.  

SCHEDULE:

Mid-September until Oct. 8  

COST:
$36, adult
$18, child (6-12)
Free, child (5 and under)  

RESERVATIONS: 

Online or call 1-800-506-2628  


PORT SEVERN

Depart from: The dock at Lock 45 in Port Severn  

THE BOAT:
Serendipity Princess  

THE CRUISE:
Big Chute Fall Colour Tour, by Midland Tours Inc.  

ABOUT:
Cruise to the Big Chute Marine Railway — there are only two like it in the world — and enjoy the fall colours along the way on the Muskoka Trent-Severn Waterway. The 2.5-hour cruise leaves twice a day, and dinner cruises are available on Saturday. Daily cruises have a lunch option.  

SCHEDULE:

Sept. 22 to Oct. 6  

COST:

$29 to $49, adult
$27 to $49, senior
$15 to $34, child (5-14)
Free (under 5)  

RESERVATIONS:
Call 1-888-833-2628 ext. 224 (Monday to Friday) 705-529-4654 (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 to Oct. 6)
For more info, go online   



PENETANGUISHENE

Depart from: The town dock, 2 Main St.  

THE BOAT:
MS Georgian Queen (200-passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:
Minicognashene Cruise, by Penetanguishene 30,000 Island Cruises  

ABOUT:
This 3.5-hour cruise takes you up close with some of the smaller 30,000 islands, west of Beausoleil, providing plenty of opportunities to photograph the fall colours. Tour comes complete with live commentary.  

SCHEDULE:
Until Oct. 14  

COST:
$27, adult
$24, senior 65-plus
$11, child (5-14)
Free, child (4 and under)
$65, family (2 adults plus up to 3 children)  

RESERVATIONS:
Call 1-800-363-7447 
For more info, go online  


MIDLAND

Depart from: The town dock, 171 King St.  

THE BOAT:
Miss Midland (300-passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:
30,000 Islands Boat Cruise, by Midland Tours Inc.  

ABOUT:
This 2.5-hour cruise is a delight at any time of year, but particularly in the fall when you can experience the windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka-Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands at its finest.  

SCHEDULE:
Until Oct. 8  

COST:
$27, adult
$25, senior 60-plus
$14, child (5-14)
$20, student
$66, family (2 adults plus 3 children)  

RESERVATIONS:

Call 705-527-0829 
For more info, go online     


BRACEBRIDGE

Depart from: The dock next to Riverside Inn, 300 Ecclestone Dr.  

THE BOAT:
Lady Muskoka (300 passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:

Lady Muskoka Cruises  

ABOUT:

Enjoy the fall colours of Muskoka country on this 2.75-hour cruise beginning on the Muskoka River and heading out to scenic Muskoka Lake, where several islands will provide plenty of colour-peeping opportunities. Cruise past rambling Millionaire’s Row heritage homes between Tondern and Squirrel Islands.  

SCHEDULE:

Weekends and Wednesdays in September
Oct. 3 and Oct. 8 (no lunch option)  

COST:
$27.43 to $41.43, adult
$25.66 to $39.66, senior
$20.35 to $34.35, youth (13-18)
$13.71 to $20.71, child (5-12)
Free to $7, child (under 5)  

RESERVATIONS:
Call 1-800-263-5239 
For more info, go online  


BRACEBRIDGE

Depart from: The dock next to Riverside Inn, 300 Ecclestone Dr.  

THE BOAT:
Lady Muskoka (300 passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:
Thanksgiving Weekend River Cruise, by Lady Muskoka Cruises  

ABOUT:
Spend Saturday or Sunday on a 1.5-hour cruise of the Muskoka River, where you can soak in the fall colours and see how the locals live, and view heritage log homes and landmarks, including Santa’s Village.  
SCHEDULE:
Oct. 6-7  

COST:
$15.04, adult
$14.16, senior
$11.06, youth (13-18)
$7.52, child (5-12)
Free, child (under 5)

RESERVATIONS:
Call 1-800-263-5239 
For more info, go online 


GRAVENHURST

Depart from: The wharf near ticket office at 185 Cherokee Lane  

THE BOAT:

Steamships RMS Segwun (built in 1887, restored in 1970s), Wenonah II (built in 2002)  

THE CRUISE:

Fabulous Fall Colour Cruises, by Muskoka Steamships  

ABOUT:

Cruise along the shoreline of Lake Muskoka, where trees show off their brilliant oranges and crimson reds. Great time for a peek at the grand summer residences that have made Muskoka famous, with some dating back to the 1800s. Choose from one- or two-hour sightseeing cruises, 2.5-hour lunch cruises, four-hour Millionaire’s Row cruise or 3.5-hour sunset dinner cruise on Friday and Saturday evenings.  

SCHEDULE:

To Oct. 14  

COST:

$18.95 to $48.95, adult
$10.95 to $34.95, child  

RESERVATIONS: 

Online or call 1-866-687-6667


GRAVENHURST

Depart from: The wharf near ticket office at 185 Cherokee Lane  

THE BOAT:
Steamship RMS Segwun (built in 1887, restored in 1970s)  

THE CRUISE:

Thanksgiving Day Cruise, by Muskoka Steamships  

ABOUT:
Gather up the family and climb aboard the RMS Segwun, the oldest operating steamship in North America, for a very full and scenic Thanksgiving Day, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Enjoy the unmatched fall colours and scenery of lakes Muskoka and Rosseau, as well as a traditional Thanksgiving lunch at Cleveland’s House at Red Leaves.

SCHEDULE:
Oct. 8  

COST:

$99, adult/child  

RESERVATIONS: 

Online or call 1-866-687-6667  


TOBERMORY

Depart from: The Tobermory terminal dock, 8 Eliza St.  

THE BOAT:
MV Chi-Cheemaun  

THE CRUISE:

MS Chi-Cheemaun Annual Fall Cruise, by Owen Sound Transportation Company  

ABOUT:
The Chi-Cheemaun, which connects Tobermory and the tip of the Bruce Peninsula with South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island, takes a special fall cruise to Owen Sound down the scenic peninsula, on its way to dry dock for winter.

SCHEDULE:
Oct. 15  

COST:
$49.75, adult
$25, child (5-11)
Free, child (under 5)    

RESERVATIONS:
 
Online or call 1-800-265-3163  


ORILLIA

Depart from: The town dock, Centennial Park, 220 Mississaga St. E.  

THE BOAT:
Island Princess (200-passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:

Sparrow Lake All-Day Fall Colour Cruise, by Orillia Boat Cruises  

ABOUT:
This popular 6.5-hour cruise begins with boarding at 9 a.m., ending at 4 p.m. This all-day cruise, which includes breakfast, hot sit-down buffet lunch, complimentary coffee and lockage at Lock 42, is approximately 40 miles long. You’ll cruise all of Lake Couchiching, the Upper Severn River and the fantastic scenery of Sparrow Lake. Don’t forget your camera for all those beautiful reds, oranges and golds.

SCHEDULE:

Sept. 22-23-24
Sept. 26
Sept. 28-29-30
Oct. 2
Oct. 5 (Note: last sailing Oct. 6 is sold out)  

COST:
$67.50, adult (except $65 on Sept. 22 only)
Note: Children not recommended  

RESERVATIONS: 

Online or call 705-325-2628


FENELON FALLS

Depart from: The municipal dock, Water Street, two blocks west of Lock 34  

THE BOAT:
Kawartha Spirit (200-passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:
Kirkland Lift Loft Fall Cruises, by Kawartha Lakes Boat Cruises  

ABOUT:
Soak in the fall colours while travelling on the Trent-Severn Waterway from Fenelon Falls to the Kirkfield Lift Lock and back on a six-hour cruise through breathtaking scenery. You’ll cross Cameron Lake to Lock 35 in Rosedale, with a short ascent across Balsam Lake before passing Grand Island. Tree-lined banks of a manmade channel provide plenty of leaf-peeping opportunities, while the cruise carries on to Mitchell Lake and then to the Kirkfield Lift Lock. A hot country-style buffet is included.

SCHEDULE:
Sept. 9
Sept. 15-16
Sept. 23
Sept. 29-30 Sept. 28-29-30
Oct. 6-7  

COST:
$60  

RESERVATIONS:

Call 705-887-9313 
For more info, go online


KINGSTON

Depart from: The ticket booth/dock, 1 Brock St.  

THE BOAT:
Island Belle (150-passenger capacity), Island Queen (300-passenger capacity), Island Star (200-passenger capacity)  

THE CRUISE:
Kingston and Thousand Islands cruises, by Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises  

ABOUT:
There are three scenic cruise options for you to enjoy the fall foliage of the Thousand Islands in Eastern Ontario, be it from Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River. Choose a 1.5-hour historic cruise in the Kingston area, with views of Fort Henry and the western islands, or take the three-hour cruise with lunch option for a tour of the small cottage islands of the Admiralty group, along with Kingston sights. There is also a three-hour sunset dinner cruise option, complete with entertainment, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

SCHEDULE:
Sept. 4-Oct. 8 (includes lunch and dinner options)
Oct. 13-14
Oct. 20-21    

COST:

$25 to $69, adult
$12.50 to $46.50, child  

RESERVATIONS:
Online or call 613-549-5544   


GANANOQUE

Depart from: The dock, 280 Main St.  

THE BOAT:
Five triple-decker vessels in service  

THE CRUISE:
Thousand Islands cruises, by Gananoque Boat Line  

ABOUT:
The St. Lawrence River is beautiful at any time of year, but is simply dazzling when it shows off its fall colours. Choose from three cruise options, from a one-hour cruise of the narrow channels to a 2.5-hour tour of the Thousand Islands and its shipwrecks, to a five-hour cruise that includes a stopover at Boldt Castle on the U.S. side.

SCHEDULE:

To Oct. 8  

COST:
$20 to $36, adult
$18 to $32.50, senior
$11 to $15, child (6-12)
Free, child (5 and under)  

RESERVATIONS:
Online or call 1-888-717-4837


GANANOQUE

Depart from: The dock, 280 Main St.  

THE BOAT:
One of five triple-decker vessels  

THE CRUISE:

Fall Foliage and Lunch Cruise, by Gananoque Boat Line  

ABOUT:

Leaving at 1 p.m. for a tour of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River, you’re guaranteed a feast for the eyes and the stomach. The 2.5-hour island cruise features a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing and the works, including pumpkin praline pie for dessert.

SCHEDULE:

Oct. 8  

COST:

$48 with meal
$30 without meal  

RESERVATIONS:

Online or call 1-888-717-4837



OTTAWA/HULL

Depart from: The Ottawa Locks, between Parliament Hill and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
Hull Marina, Jacques Cartier Park, beside the Museum of Civilization and Interprovincial Bridge.  

THE BOAT:
Paula D, Ottawa Queen, Miss SBJ II, and Lady By  

THE CRUISE:
Ottawa River and Rideau Canal cruises, by Paul’s Boat Line  

ABOUT:
See the nation’s capital from a new perspective while taking in the fall colours. Choose from an Ottawa River cruise of up to two hours on the Paula D, which boasts an open-air upper deck, and enjoy views of the Rideau Falls, the Museum of Civilization, the Parliament Buildings, the National Art Gallery and the prime minister’s residence, or see the local sights on a 75-minute Rideau Canal cruise aboard specially constructed canal boats.

SCHEDULE:

Through to Oct. 8  

COST:

$20 to $23, adult
$18 to $20, senior/student
$12 to $14, child (6-15)
Free, child (5 and under)
$52 to $60, family (2 adults, 2 children)  

RESERVATIONS:
Call 613-235-8409 
For more info, go online      


WINDSOR

Depart from: The dock at Festival Plaza Park, across from Caesar’s casino.  

THE BOAT:
Macassa Bay  

THE CRUISE:

Upper Detroit River Cruise, by Windsor River Cruises  

ABOUT:

Enjoy the fall colours while cruising the scenic Detroit River between Windsor and Detroit on a 2.5-hour cruise that will take you up close with landmarks on both sides of the border, plus serve up history of Hiram Walker and the Prohibition days. Along the Detroit shoreline, you can glimpse landmarks such as Joe Louis Arena, Cobo Hall, with Belle Isle separating the two sides. Light lunch or snacks are available on board.  

SCHEDULE:

To Oct. 14  

COST:

$24.78, adult
$17.50, child
Free, child (5 and under)  

RESERVATIONS:

Call 519-258-0911 
For more info, go online    

MyNewWaterfrontHome.com — September 2012