We decided to do a week's holiday on Manitoulin Island, and part of our trip involved a great sail on the Chi-Cheemaun. It was easy to book on line, with lots of space on all of their sailings. Perhaps tourism is down this year? Highly recommended to have a reservation for peace of mind. For our Toyota Matrix and two people, it cost us about $77 one way. It's a much more pleasant way to travel to the north shore of Lake Huron than hurtling along the 400/69 behind a bunch of RVs and trailers. We were at the dock an hour before sailing, which gave us time to wander a bit around Tobermory. Loading was quick and efficient. Once on board, we enjoyed the views on the outside decks as we passed the islands of Fathom Five National Marine Reserve. There is a restaurant, licensed bar and a variety of lounges to sit in. Children's areas are neat and clean. Bathrooms on board are fine. There is a great information centre as well, with lots of brochures and maps of the area. They even had a fun quiz to complete about the ship and her predecessors. The hour and 3/4 passed in no time. Disembarking was quick and easy. Going on the Chi-Cheemaun is one of those things that you should do at least once in your lifetime! Highly recommended.
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