Vacation Inspiration: Muskoka Steamships

The Royal Mail Ship Segwun is docked at the harbour

Ontario is home to North America’s oldest operating steamship, a unique part of the province’s heritage. Discover the steamships, and much more about the history of Lake Muskoka at Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre

The RMS Segwun and the Wenonah II

Admire the iconic Muskoka landscapes from aboard the RMS Segwun, which dates back to 1887. Admire the ship’s historic details, like the carved Phoenix atop the ship, or the wheelhouse telegraph on board. 

The Wenonah II was built in 2002 in the style of a 1907 Muskoka vessel. Accommodating up to 200 passengers, Wenonah II combines charm of the past with modern conveniences including air-conditioning and an on-board elevator. This larger boat is a great spot for tours, as well as private parties and celebrations. 

Dine Aboard the Steamships 

Immerse yourself in the steamship world by enjoying a lunch, high tea cruise or sunset dinner cruise. On the RMS Segwun, enjoy your meal in the historic dining room, complete with photo-worthy fresh-floral displays. 

Experience Hands-On Learning for the Kids

Bonus: Your cruise ticket offers you free admission to Muskoka Discovery Centre, which is the perfect place for kids to have a great time while learning. Take playing in the sandbox to the next level with the 3D Augmented Reality Sandbox. Kids can also get creative on the giant chalkboard. (Psst: Grown-ups will love the oversized lite brite in the KidZone!) 

Brush Up on Local History 

Did you know: The  Discovery Centre is home to the largest collection of in water antique wooden boats. Time your visit for the annual antique boat show, and see many of these boats in action.

Enjoy a Special Exhibition

The Discovery Centre hosts a wide range of exhibits that tie into the history and geography of the region.  

View the Iconic Muskoka Landscapes 

Whether from the deck of a steamship, or from the Muskoka wharf, don’t forget to take some time to admire the unique Canadian Shield geography that has made this region a favourite for vacationers since the steamship days. 

Where to stay 

Perfect for families, couples, or a friends getaway, the Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf is right on the waterfront, walking distance from Muskoka Steamships, and often offers special packages so that you can make the most of your stay. 

Find out more about Muskoka Steamships.  

Some things to do may not be available due to COVID-19.

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