To the Expositor:
While doing some trip planning in Ontario in Prince Edward County, I came across the Glenora Ferry which connects Highway 33 from Glenora in Prince Edward County on the west side of the Bay of Quinte Channel, to Adolphuston on the East. It is a 21-car ferry which operates year round from 6 am to 1:45 am with 30 minute service. It is technically an island but it does have four road bridges for access. No fees are charged to use the Glenora Ferry. We in the north are helping pay for its operation.
There is a lot of concern about the MS Chi-Cheemaun not having enough ridership in order to keep it operating in the future. How much is the Ontario government subsidizing our ferry link to southern Ontario? How much is the Ontario government subsidizing the Glenora Ferry? How many vehicles use the Glenora Ferry daily in the winter months?
The distance traveled from Bath to Picton is 16 kilometres longer by road than using the ferry.
The distance traveled from Manitowaning to Wiarton is about 450 kilometres longer by road than by using the ferry.
The money spent on the Glenora Ferry should be directed to assist operating cost of the MS Chi-Cheemaun, where the alternate road travel is a considerably greater and we have to pay a fare to use it. Why even have the Glenora Ferry?William Olfert Espanola