Sailing On The Island Queen In Parry Sound ~ Ontario’s 30,000 Island Cruise
Every summer for the past 14 years, I’ve said, “We should really do that 30,000 Island Queen Cruise in Parry Sound this year.” And it never happened. Plans got in the way and then when we were ready to finally make the trip, something came up and we were forced to cancel, however if you were stalking my Instagram account over the weekend, you would have noticed that we indeed made the trip with kids in tow!
During our stay at the KOA Campground in Parry Sound (you can buy tickets directly from the campground), my friend Desiree Fawn from So Fawned, and I decided to take this much talked about cruise. Not only is it one of the main attractions in Parry Sound, it’s only 10 minutes from the campground. I was a little worried as we had some chilly temperatures on Saturday, but you had the option of sitting or standing either inside or out.
The 3 hour afternoon cruise takes you through Georgian Bay’s hidden gems, providing an excellent view of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands (the largest group of freshwater islands in the world). Amazingly enough, this collection of islands is so unique that it received the World Biosphere Reserve status from the United Nations!
One of the most exciting parts of the cruise, was sailing through the “Hole in the Wall” a narrow passageway between Wall I and Huckleberry Island. You can get an idea of how small that passageway is by checking out the map below. We were so close that when reaching out, you could almost touch the granite walls to your right.
Surprisingly enough, many of these islands are either privately owned or shared with cottages scattered around. As I was day dreaming about the possibility of a real estate purchase in my future, the guide informed us that although the cottages do go on sale periodically, the price is in the one to several million mark (yes I said several).
The kids were quite good, however if I were to take them again, I’d be sure to bring crayons and coloring books to keep them occupied. Three hours is a long time for a toddler! Snacks and drinks were available for purchase, however we brought our own goodies to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Having been born and raised in Ontario, I’m a little embarrassed that I knew absolutely nothing about this area. The cruise was highly informative, educational and the views are simply stunning! If you’re visiting Ontario in the next few months, it is most definitely a must-do and if you live in Ontario and have yet to experience it – GO!
Summer spots tend to book up very quickly so be sure to make reservations beforehand. There is one cruise every day during the month of June and two a day in July and August. Adults are $28-$38 each and children 12 and under range from $14-$19 each. 5 and under are free.
Disclosure: Child Mode received complimentary tickets to this attraction, however all thoughts and opinions are our own.