Chi-Cheemaun start delayed until first Tuesday in May

OWEN SOUND – The Owen Sound Transportation Company, owner and operator of passenger/vehicle ferry M.S. Chi-Cheemaun, has announced that ferry service between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island will begin on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, and not Friday, May 1 as originally scheduled.

The Chi-Cheemaun Annual Spring Cruise will take place on Monday, May 4 and not Thursday, April 30.

The Owen Sound based Scenic City Order of Good Cheer Dinner Cruise scheduled for April 25 has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 2.

All customers who have pre-purchased tickets for the 2015 Annual Spring Cruise, and the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer Dinner Cruise will be contacted to ensure they are made aware of the date changes. Customers still wishing to purchase tickets can do so by contacting OSTC at 519-
376-6601 or 1-800-265-3163.

The five-day delay is the result of slower than normal deterioration of thick ice on the Georgian Bay, a condition that is forecast to linger into the end of April for the second consecutive year.

“We have made our decision and announcement in March because we know and appreciate our customers’ need to make travel plans with confidence,” said Susan Schrempf, OSTC’s President and CEO. “Our decision on the length of the delay is based on selecting a date by which we know the ferry will be able to be operated safely in ice-free conditions.”