Ontario Fall Cruises

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  Between the densely populated urban sprawl of southern Ontario and the wilds of the province's almost uninhabited far north lies the Central Ontario band of peaceful and picturesque lakes, rivers, forests, and small towns.  The beauty and appeal of the lakes and rivers and forests of the Muskoka and surrounding regions turned them into Ontario's preferred vacation destinations even before automobiles and highways made weekend escapes from the southern cities possible.

Tour boat operators still ply the lakes here for sightseeing, and their cruises are a great way to experience the fall colour changes.  Here are photos from two short trips north from Toronto to go on autumn colour day cruises. Both trips featured the same three afternoon cruises – the Island Queen from Parry Sound, the Lady Muskoka from Bracebridge, and Wenonah II from Gravenhurst.  These trips also offer a chance to see a bit of these central Ontario communities, and to explore some of the history of tourism in Muskoka.

The links to the Pictures Files are below the Sample Images.  A Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and printable forms.


Quick Start: Fall-Cruises.pdf


Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture file.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Algonquin Park, Ontario

Island Queen, Parry Sound

Beaver lodge, Algonguin Park

Fall colours

Beaver dam, Algonquin Park

Georgian Bay

Whisky Rapids, Algonquin Park

Fall highway

Dorset, Onatrio

Along Lake Muskoka

Dorset, Ontario

Fall colours

Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Band of colour

Peterborough Lift Lock

Heritage boat



Link to Pictures File


You can access the PDF pictures files by clicking or tapping on the link below.



This pictures file sequences through three tours, presenting Island Queen first, then Lady Muskoka, then Wenonah II.

A package of printable Ontario Maps is available if you wish paper copies to follow along.

Fall cruises map

Table of Contents

The Contents table for this PDF is reproduced below.  The combined Contents tables for all Ontario pictures files are included in the printable Ontario Contents PDF.

Contents   2
Introduction   3
Map   4
Parry Sound   5
Island Queen Cruise  13
Bracebridge  29
Lady Muskoka Cruise  30
Gravenhurst  42
Discovery Centre  47
Wenonah II Cruise  55
End  74