(Built in 1887)
The term "one of a kind" describes the universal appeal of the Royal Mail Ship Segwun. Long before the era of modern highways, the Segwun, then a paddlewheeler, sailed the Muskoka lakes from early spring to late fall, carrying passengers, mail and freight to the many resorts and villages not served by the railways.
In the 1970’s, the Segwun was lovingly restored by a group of steamboat enthusiasts with a respect for heritage and a vision for the future. On June 1st, 1974, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau officially launched the refurbished Segwun and thus started her present career as a cruise ship extraordinaire.
In 2001 and 2002, the Royal Mail Ship Segwun was voted by Attractions Canada BEST LARGE ATTRACTION IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO and runner-up for the national award. This contest, launched in 1997, recognizes the merit and excellence of attractions, primarily with cultural or educational value.
Today, the Segwun sails from June through October offering a variety of cruises on the Muskoka lakes. With a capacity of 99, the Segwun is the oldest operating steamship in North America and offers passengers a chance to "step back in time" to the romance and nostalgia of Muskoka’s past.
(Built in 2002)
Built with all the style and grace of a 1907 Muskoka vessel, Wenonah II has joined the R.M.S. Segwun offering a variety of cruises on all three of the Muskoka lakes. Accommodating up to 200 passengers, Wenonah II combines turn-of-the-century charm with modern conveniences including air-conditioning and an on-board elevator. Passengers can enjoy three dining rooms and three decks offering the ultimate lakeview experience.
Providing unequalled luxury and pampering, the exclusive Commodore’s Dining Room boasts a private and fully licensed outside patio and doting service staff – sure to impress any gathering of up to 10 guests. For social and corporate entertaining, the private Cherokee Dining Room provides an ideal opportunity to “wine and dine” up to 24 guests.
(Built in 1915)
Wanda III was commissioned for Mrs. Timothy Eaton of the Eaton department stores. Outfitted with an engine of the same design as the engines built for the Canadian Navy Minesweepers during World War I, Wanda III was able to cruise the Muskoka lakes at a speed of 24 miles per hour, a speed unparalleled at the time.
In August of 1996, Prime Minister Jean Chretien rededicated the Wanda III and the yacht proudly began her new voyage on the Muskoka lakes.
Wanda III remains the finest example of the private steam yacht era. She has been lovingly restored to mint condition and now enjoys a career as a private charter vessel hosting many memorable social celebrations and corporate events for select gatherings of up to 24 guests.
Did you know?
- The R.M.S. Segwun continues to be recognized by Canada Post as a "Royal Mail Ship" and that mail can be hand-franked or cancelled from the ship as they did more than 100 years ago.
- In 1974, the Segwun was recommissioned by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
- In 1996, the Wanda III Steam Yacht was recommissioned by Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
- The Segwun's coal comes all the way from Kentucky.
- Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre opened in 2006 and celebrates Muskoka's steamship era, grand resorts and hotels and the region's rich boat-building history.
- Wenonah II is Canada's newest passenger vessel combining turn-of-the-century charm with modern conveniences such as air-conditioning and an on board elevator.
- The Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre is home to North America's largest in-water display of antique and classic boats.
- The ship's private label wine is one of the few given permission by the LCBO to be sold in stores throughout Ontario.
- In 2001 and 2002, the Segwun won the award of "Best Large Attraction" by Attractions Canada.
- In 1988, the Segwun won the prestigious "Phoenix Award" presented by the Society of American Travel Writers. Recipients are chosen for their outstanding efforts in preservation and conservation.
- In years past, a steamship purser used to take tickets as passengers boarded. Today, our Purser is responsible for all guest services on board including your dining experience.
- The Segwun used to carry passengers, freight and mail to a variety of ports on the Muskoka lakes before the days of the automobile.
- Each year, the Segwun and Wenonah II host upwards of 30 memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions.
- In recent years the shift to air transport for mail has left only three ships with the right to the prefix; RMS Segwun, which serves as a passenger vessel in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, RMS St Helena, which serves the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, and RMS Queen Mary 2. QM2 was conferred "RMS" by Royal Mail when she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route as a gesture to Cunard's history – The RMS Segwun is the oldest Royal Mail Ship in the world.