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“Fascinating historic site”
Review of The SS Keewatin

The SS Keewatin
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Owner description: Open May 18 - Oct. 9, 2017. UNIQUE IN THE WORLD....SS KEEWATIN is the only EDWARDIAN PASSENGER STEAMSHIP left in the world. Built in 1907, five years before TITANIC in Goven Scotland this 350 foot, 8 million pound treasure was built for Canadian Pacific to be part of building CANADA. She worked for 55 years carrying people and materials from southern Ontario to the top of Lake Superior and returning with 1600 tons of grain. Now restored to her original post of PORT McNICOLL just north of Barrie Ontario about 90 minutes from downtown Toronto. Keewatin has been lovingly restored by an army of volunteers so everything is in working condition. She is all original and open to the public from May 10th until mid October. Children under 16 free. Escorted tours can take up to 1 1/2 hours. Engine room, all decks, staterooms, public rooms and dining room, kitchens, crew quarters, museum, radio room and wheelhouse all available but NOT handicap accessible and has a number of stairs (including a grand staircase) 10 to 4 each day except Sunday 11 to 4.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fascinating historic site”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Very good tour by an extremely knowledgeable guide, Bill. This ship has been very lovingly restored and is worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Do not miss this unique part of Canadian history. The S.S. Keewatin has a spirit all of her own that you will surely feel it as soon as you climb aboard. You will be met by friendly volunteers who are only too happy to tell you all about this gracious " lady of the lakes". Their love of her evident and you will fall in love with her too. . If you plan to visit the Midland, Orillia or Collingwood area, be certain put this destination at the top of your "to do" list Bring comfortable shoes, and a camera. I did the complete tour which includes the two decks and engine room and I would highly recommend this tour, I would set aside two hours for tour, pictures and gift shop visit, I give this attraction a "2 thumbs up" Check out the website at www.sskeewatin.com for more info.

Visited August 2013
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“A part of Canadian history.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Yes a part of history. But even more. The Kee, as she is affectionately called is the last remaining ship of her era. An Edwardian ship, built to the same level of class as the Titanic, of roughly the same era ( the Kee was slightly before the Titanic ).

The same dynamos, same boilers, same model in grand staircase. The difference was the Titanic was bigger, hence more dynamos, larger scale of stairs, etc.

The Kee has been and is being carefully polished and restored, and has come a long way. More work remains, but she is worth the trip.

If in area drop in. I have been on multiple tours, and have spent many hours helping out onboard.

She was one of the first ships in the great lakes, and in her time was the most elegant ( along with sister ship ). She had running water, bath tubs, toilets and electric lights in an era when most homes did not! Yes the suites look rather, how shall we say it, under furnished for first class... But that was first class in the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century. My how we have changed!

At any rate drop by, say hi and visit the Kee!

Visited July 2013
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