|◘ Parks||◘ Scenic Drives||◘ Nature Areas||◘ Island Princess||◘ Winter Fun|
The Captain (and owner) of the Island Princess is Tom Gostick, a friendly a personable man who has been carting visitors around the waters of Orillia for more than 25 years now. The Island Princess and her master have weathered many storms through the years, and whether they have been from lake-blown storms or rising gas prices, the Princess has always waited quietly at her berth for the next round of passengers. Her presence at the town dock is something most locals have grown to expect, and I'm not sure what any of us would do if one day, she was retired, and the town dock forever empty.
Orillia Boat Cruises, or visit the Orillia Chamber of Commerce in the old train station at the corner of Front and Gill Streets.
Costs for scheduled cruises run from $20 and up, with a special family rate (two adults, two or more children 12 and under) of $50 for the 1 hour morning cruises; lunch cruises (1.5 hrs) with lunch are abour $40, and without lunch $22.50. Longer cruises (afternoon, 2.25 hrs) are $27.50. Throughout the season there are a few special cruises: a steak BBQ evening cruise with live music (2.5 hr, $50) at 7:00pm on Thursdays, an upcoming fall cruise to Sparrow Lake (all day with meals) for $65 (we're planning to do this one this year); Mondays are Senior's Day, and Friday's are Kid's Day.
In general, you should please visit their website for details - some cruises are subject to availability, and some require reservations in advance; visitors can also usually find a special package price for hotel and attractions when you visit the Orillia Boat Cruises website as they often partner with other local businesses.
|Island Princess - situated at the foot of Mississaga Street, Orillia at the town dock.|
|Winter months and the Princess is tucked up in her berth til the next summer rolls around.|