Length:  132 feet
Width:  30 feet
Draft:  6 feet
Passenger Capacity:  550 passengers
Propulsion System:  2 5-bladed propellers
Engines:  2 Caterpillar diesel engines totaling
              800 Horsepower
Speed:  12-14 knots
Built:  In Canada in 1990 by a division of 
         Algoma Steel

Island Queen travelling through Hole in the Wall

A former RCMP officer and his family from Parry Sound started the Island Queen Cruise in the 1970's, after realizing that their water taxi service to the islands was beginning to be used more by tourists for sightseeing than by cottagers for transportation. Since the business' inception, the family has commissioned larger and larger ships to be built to accommodate the growing number of visitors to the area who want to explore the Thirty Thousand Islands region of Georgian Bay. The current vessel, the Island Queen V, is the largest ship to date and likely the largest that could cruise through the narrow channels and shallow waterways of the Bay.

                               Pictures of the Island Queen on its Georgian Bay route

                                                        Island Queen at the Parry Sound Dock


                                    The Island Quuen travelling through the Sound

                                View of the Island queen on its route around Parry Island