The Segwun Steamship: Younger Than Canada, But Equally Grand

One of two incredible vessels in the Muskoka Steamships fleet, the RMS Segwun reminds captivated passengers of what life has been like on these iconic waters for 130 years.

If you’ve ever been a tourist in this part of Ontario’s cottage country, then you maybe owe your Muskoka vacation to the historical steamships that started sailing here before Canada was born. That’s because, beginning in 1866 when the first steamship – The Wenonah – headed up the lakes, she and her subsequent sister supply ships were able to transport more people and supplies throughout the region, including to the original resorts that started popping up (with Windermere House on Lake Rosseau being the oldest).

Added to this fleet not many years later was the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Segwun, which did exactly what its name implies – transported mail around the lakes on behalf of the reigning British monarch of the times. And this year, amazing at is sounds, the RMS Segwun is celebrating her 130th birthday.

Much has changed since the steamships acted as working boats, including the building of the replica ship Wenonah II. But the opportunity for folks to experience the serenity and beauty of Muskoka’s famous lakes aboard an historic boat – just like they did over a century ago – is one that will give you a hankering for a romanticized past.

Sightseeing, dining and special occasions cruises are what the boats offer these days, to the delight of visitors and history fans alike.

Incredible Cruises Today

Moored at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst (which is also home to the Muskoka Discovery Centre and North America’s largest in-water collection of antique and classic boats), a variety of cruises aboard the RMS Segwun and the Wenonah II are available until October 9, 2017. These include daily 2-hour sightseeing tours at 11:30am and 2:15pm, with optional lunch or High Tea. Epic sunset dinner cruises are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with optional three course meal. And fall colour cruises, with the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows on shore mirrored in the sparkling blue lakes, are not to be missed.

The Signature Experience 4-hour “Millionaire’s Row” cruise takes place every Wednesday, covering a stretch of shoreline famous for grand summer homes, many dating back to the turn of the century.

 

  • Kid Adventures Aboard The High (Muskoka) Seas

  • Kids young and old will be thrilled by one of many themed cruises that sail over the course of the summer. And more great family fun can be found right a short walk along the wharf at the Discovery Centre & Kid Zone (free admission to the Discovery Centre is included with every steamship ticket.)

Pirate Cruises – Sundays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27, led by infamous swashbuckler Captain Corbin, with kids encouraged to wear seafaring costumes.

  • Ice Queen and Snow Princess Cruise –Saturday August 12, as the Ice Queen and Snow Princess take passengers on a captivating and magical cruise telling their story and performing enchanting songs.
  • Intergalactic Adventure Cruise for Space Cadets–Saturday August 19, a galactic adventure featuring Commander Corbin returning to Earth to rescue space aliens.

This summer and fall, celebrate Canada’s 150th with a cruise aboard the 130-years-young RMS Segwun and her sister ship, Wenonah II. Private charters, weddings and events can also be booked as well, and don’t miss the upcoming “Best of Yuk Yuks” Comedy Cruise.

To book a scenic cruise on the Muskoka Steamships, click here.

For directions to the Muskoka Steamships at the Gravenhurst Wharf, click here.