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Island Queen Cruise

9 Bay Street, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1S4, Canada
(705) 746-2311
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Ranked #3 of 9 Activities in Parry Sound
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Enjoy a captain's-eye view of Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands Biosphere Reserve aboard the...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Enjoy a captain's-eye view of Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands Biosphere Reserve aboard the 550-passenger Island Queen. We offer two and three-hour sightseeing cruises that bring passengers surprisingly up-close to the pristine beauty of Georgian Bay's remote island wilderness and the rustic charm of its grand summer cottages. Follow in the wake of early explorers as the captain steers the ship past granite shoals into narrow channels and shallow waterways exploring out-of-the-way places within the world's largest freshwater archipelago. The Island Queen is fully equipped with comfortable inside and outside seating, large viewing windows, outside observation decks, wheelchair accessible washrooms, a snack bar, a full commentary and heat for our fall colour cruises. Cruises depart daily from June 1 to mid-October each year from the town dock in Parry Sound, Ontario.

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Most of the cruises I took in the past were boring, but this one….. It’s not! Very relaxing and comfortable on this boat and it is a great way to see the islands. Learned a lot about Georgian Bay.

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, Thanks so much for your kind review. We're glad you learned a bit about Georgian Bay. Thanks for visiting. More 

Portland, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We took a 3-hour cruise in September on the Island Queen, and it's one of the highlights of our trip around Georgian Bay. The tour is narrated, but they don't try to be funny and they don't talk non-stop. Just enough information to let you know where you are, including a little history. I imagine the boat is quite crowded... More 

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, thank you so much for the kind review. More 

Markham
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We took this 3-hour cruise on a cloudy/rainy day. You can choose another day if you want if weather is not favourable but we decided to go ahead. It did not disappoint us! The islands were great...and the houses/cottages on them! This cruise may inspire you to take another vacation on one of these islands!

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, Thanks so much for your kind review. People are often hesitant to take the cruise on a rainy day or an overcast day but it is quite beautiful among the islands on those days. Thanks for joining us on the tour. More 

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9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

The three hour cruise was a very informative and stunning tour around the sound and it's many features. The boat is quite large, but with reasonable facilities and a small cafe. You can follow your progress on a computer screen or the several large scale maps displayed on the inside deck.

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Dear Passenger, Thanks so much for your kind review. More 

Peterborough, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We went on the 3 hour cruise which was great and the scenery was awesome, some of the tight fits the boat went through were cool. Georgian bay at its best. Satisfactory food on board, 3 decks to choose from with comfy seating on the mid deck, staff was great. Watch out for the ships horn if your up front... More 

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, Thanks for taking the time to write your review. We hope you enjoyed our new Starbucks coffee! Thanks again. More 

Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We have taken the Island Queen tour at least 3 times before today, but still marvel at both the windswept Georgian Bay island scenery and the skill of the crew in navigating ridiculously narrow passages with a such a large vessel. This tour is a must for local cottagers like us, and even more so for people visiting this part... More 

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, Thank you so much for your review. You're right - our crew is amazing and very good at what they do. It always surprises passengers how narrow and shallow some of the channels are that we cruise through. Your tip to dress in layers is a good one. Thanks again. More 

Calgary
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14 reviews 14 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Island Queen Cruise was great. We did the three hour cruise. I thought it might seem long but, not so. Enjoyed all the sites. Just enough recorded commentary to give you the highlights. I booked the tickets on line and picked them up at the ticket office in Parry Sound.

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, Thanks for your review. Our new online ticket purchasing system is very popular and easy to use. Thanks for giving it a try. More 

Istanbul, Turkey
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128 reviews 128 reviews
66 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We have been on this nice cruise boat on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Cruise completed its tour all around the Perry Island. The nature is splendid. Killbear beach is amazing. The small islands are marvellous. Cruise boat flows between those islands beautifully. Only hiccup was the narrator. Too serious. He could make that trip more attractive if he would get... More 

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Dear Passenger, Thanks for your kind review. More 

Sudbury, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

smooth sailing on a sunny day..best cruise I have been on yet with these types of boats..they take you right up to shoreline to view..anarrator to tell you main sites,keeps you informed of where you are and why it is there..well worth the money,thinking of taking this ride again

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're glad you enjoyed your cruise and come back anytime! Thanks again. More 

Niagara Falls, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Georgian Bay inspired Artist, poets and other writers. The most famous being Canada's treasured painters, The Group of Seven. This area of Georgian Bay is now a world biosphere protected area and rightfully so. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Even if you have your power boat, kayak or canoe ..first go on the Island Queen before venturing out. The commentary is... More 

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Dave A, Manager at Island Queen Cruise, responded to this review

Dear Passenger, Thanks for joining us the cruise, for taking time to review your experience and for your many favorable comments. Thanks again. More 

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