A former RCMP officer and his family from Parry Sound started the Island Queen Cruise in the 1970ís, 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 businessí 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.
THE OLD OFFICE AND MARINA
This is the original marina office and ticket office. (1950ís)
CLOSE UP OF THE OLD BOAT
This is the original taxi/cruise boat. (early 1970ís)
THE FIRST CRUISE BOAT
This is the first actual cruise boat that was purchased from Expo 67 in Montreal. (early 1970ís)
THE FIRST TRIPLE DECKER
This is the first triple-decker sightseeing cruise ship shown at the dock loading passengers. (mid-1970ís)
Hugo Anderson was the original owner of the 30,000 Island Cruise Line.
Ron Anderson is shown here in 1990 just before the launch of the current vessel, the Island Queen V.