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Chi-Cheemaun 2015 Fall Cruise will benefit Owen Sound Fire Victims Fund & United Way Bruce Grey

The Owen Sound Transportation Company has a 40+ year tradition of partnering with a wide variety of generous and hard working local registered charitable foundations from Tobermory, the Bruce Peninsula and Owen Sound, to raise funds in support local needs, services or cultural development. Every spring and fall, OSTC holds Chi-Cheemaun positioning cruises, and selects a cruise sponsor organization to be the recipient of a percentage of cruise ticket sales, and to use the ship as a vehicle on which to raise additional funds, and promote needs awareness during the cruise.

From time to time, an event of extraordinary significance or immediate need occurs, and the Owen Sound Transportation Company assigns the cruise sponsorship to a front line registered charitable organization. OSTC is pleased to announce that the 2015 Fall Cruise sponsorship has been assigned to the United Way Bruce Grey in support of the continuing needs of the Owen Sound residents who lost their homes and belongings to fire on August 10th.

“The United Way is thrilled to partner with the Owen Sound Transportation Company to continue in our efforts to support the victims of the August 10th fires. We are planning some fun silent auction items as well as a unique raffle prize or 2. We are even contemplating a Twitter hashtag selfie photo contest! #fun #boatselfie” added Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director of The United Way Bruce Grey.

The Owen Sound Transportation Company would like to thank all the local registered charitable foundations who have submitted applications for Fall Cruise 2015 sponsorship. All applications received will be entered into the Spring Cruise 2016 sponsorship blind draw.

The Chi-Cheemaun will make the voyage down Georgian Bay from Tobermory to Owen Sound on October 19th for this year’s Fall Cruise. It will then be docked for the winter in the Owen Sound Harbour. Tickets for the cruise cost $49.75 per adult and $25.00 per child which includes bus transportation to Tobermory. Buffet lunch is optional at a cost of $10.25 per plate. Please call 800-265-3163 to reserve tickets, or drop in to our Springmount Office.

Calling All Non-Profit Organizations
The Owen Sound Transportation Company is accepting applications for Spring Cruise 2016 sponsorship. Sponsor is selected by anonymous and random draw from all qualified applicants. The successful sponsor receives a percentage of cruise sales, as well the opportunity to generate additional funds through sponsor organized on-board activities.

You must be a Non-Profit organization in the Grey-Bruce Region or on Manitoulin Island to qualify.

Please click here to complete the application form...
Dining & Entertainment Cruise Schedule for 2015

Chi-Cheemaun presents an All Canadian Dining & Entertainment Cruise Menu:

Friday, June 12 Trent Severn Band in live concert
Wednesday, July 8 An Evening with TOM featuring live musical performance by Charlie Glasspool and screening of "Chimo" by OSC Media House
Wednesday, July 15 The Fretless in live concert
Wednesday, Aug 19 the incomparable Digging Roots in live concert
Friday, September 18, Maple Blues award winning MacKenzie Blues Band in live concert

Reservations are required. $50 per person for cruise, dinner and concert. Call 800-265-3163 before all tickets are sold out!

For more information: Click here to go to Chi-Cheemaun's Facebook page.

2015 Frequent Sailor Loyalty Cards
Frequent Sailor Loyalty Cards are transferrable between family members. Cards are colour coded according to the size of the vehicle, and can be used for up to 3 different vehicles of the same size, per family or business, including of trailers. Please note that you will receive 2 stamps on your vehicle card if you are towing a trailer, regardless of trailer size, and the free crossing you earn may only be applied to the vehicle.

BLUE: Vehicles less than 14'(length) and 5.5'(height)
RED: Vehicles between 14' and 20' (length) and 5.5'(height)
GREEN: Large Commercial vehicles

Request your card from the Terminal Ticket Booth Agent on your first crossing of the season. Take 9 one-way trips and the 10th trip (for one vehicle) is FREE. No carry-over to next season. Simple, right?
For more information, ask at the Ticket booth in Tobermory or South Baymouth, or call 1-800-265-3163.
Marine Engineer Opportunities at Pelee Island Transportation:
OSTC is seeking qualified applicants for Marine Engineer Officer Positions at the Pelee Island Transportation Service on Lake Erie.

Click here for more information and application requirements.

Ferry Season 2015 to begin on Tuesday, May 5 due to ice on Georgian Bay
Due to ice conditions on Georgian Bay, The 2015 ferry season will begin on Tuesday, May 5, not Friday, May 1 as planned.

The delay also means that the Annual Spring Cruise between Owen Sound and Tobermory will take place on Monday, May 4. All customers who have pre-purchased tickets for the Cruise will be contacted.

OSTC apologizes for any inconvenience the change may cause for our customers.

Media Release - 2015 ferry start date
Destination Manitoulin
OSTC and participating accommodations on Manitoulin Island have joined forces to provide travellers with a 10% discount on their ferry fare PLUS a $5.00 discount per accommodation reservation.

Reservations are required for both the ferry and the accommodation. Make your reservation at the accommodation first to receive your Tag#, and then call 1-800-265-3163 to book your vehicle space on the ferry. Make Manitoulin Island your destination this year!

Some restrictions do apply. See accommodations list for details.

Participating Accommodations list here....

For a map of accommodations click here....

Destination Manitoulin has branched out to include Island businesses! Identifiable by the Unique "Destination Manitoulin" sticker displayed on the door, and at the cash register, the following retail businesses and restaurants have joined the growing Island-wide discount program: .

Participating Retailers and Restaurants list here....

Ontario Travellers Road Construction Maps
Please allow extra time to make your 1 hour prior to sailing arrival time for reservations. Click on the link below to find out construction areas and expected time delays. When the map comes up click the word Construction to the left hand of the map. Then click on the Working Person symbol in the area you will be travelling in to retrieve information.
Ministry of Transportation Traveller's Road information
Discount for Commercial Traffic
The M.S. Chi-Cheemaun Ferry offers a 25% discount for commercial traffic over 8.5 feet in height for our 8:15pm (Spring/Fall)and 10:00pm (Summer)sailings out of South Baymouth. This promotion will be in place again for the 2015 sailing schedule.

Market Feasibility and Chi-Cheemaun Benefits Case Available Online
The Owen Sound Transportation Company's Market Feasibility Study Report and Benefits Case Report are both available online.

Click here for a copy of the Feasibility Study Report....

Click here for a copy of the Benefits Case Report....