First Annual WCA Chippewa Cruise

By Carol Hodson

Ahhhhhh…….  Georgian Bay at sunset on a beautiful summer evening…a dinner cruise on the Chippewa III…. lovely!  A little history about the Chippewa III —- she is the first steel-hulled boat in the Maid-of-the-Mist fleet and began life in the Niagara River in 1955… Now she introduces the world to the wonders of the 30,000 Islands!

West Carling Cottagers Association enjoyed a leisurely tour around the shoreline of Parry Sound, passing Huckleberry, Goat and Grave Islands, with the added excitement of kids cliff-diving at Hole in the Wall!

Captain Greg, a most accommodating gentleman, made us all feel welcome, with commentary on the passing scenery.  The staff – Sandy, Karaliina and Emily- delivered bar and meal service with great charm and efficiency… interspersed with their naval duties of embarkation, fending off, tying up etc!!  Fantastic service!  Country Gourmet, located on James St in Parry Sound, was the  provider of the feast!  From Crudités to Strawberry Short Cake—- a beautiful confection—- it was a treat for the eyes as well as for the tummy!

Many thanks to Donna Tucker, WCA board member, for her organization of the event. We hope this will be the beginning of an annual tradition…. we’re going next year… watch the newsletter for next year’s date so you can come too!!!