Ferry Service

M.S. Chi-Cheemaun

The Largest Passenger Ferry On The Great Lakes

The Manitoulin Island Ferry Service has been the Gateway to Northern Ontario since the 1930s. The current vessel, MS Chi-Cheemaun, was purpose-built for the route in 1974 at the Collingwood shipyards — one of the last hulls built at that historic facility.

The Chi-Cheemaun has been everything her owners and crew could have wanted — comfortable, efficient, seaworthy, dependable. She is the largest passenger ferry on the Great Lakes.

She has become a huge part of the culture of the two ports she serves — Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island.


Chi-Cheemaun in the Fog, Photo Credit: Courtney Shurgold

If you want to see her in action, the best place to watch from is the east/south side of Tobermory Harbour. During July and August the Chi-Cheemaun makes three turnarounds each day. She arrives at 10:55am or so every morning and departs again at 11:20am. She arrives at 3:15pm in the afternoon and departs at 3:40pm. The evening turnaround involves a 7:35pm arrival and an 8:00pm departure.

Come out and watch — or ride — the largest passenger ferry on the Great Lakes.