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MAY 7, 2020: THE OWEN SOUND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE  THE 2020 FERRY SERVICE WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 1.

 

MS Chi-Cheemaun to begin ferry service for essential transportation only on June 1, 2020 under conditions of Transport Canada Interim Order Respecting Passenger Vessel Restrictions due to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Additional customer information may be found here.

Owen Sound Transportation & Pelee Island Ferry Service COVID-19 Frequent Asked Questions may be found here.


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March 25, 2020: The Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC) Service is delaying the opening of the M.S. Chi-Cheemaun ferry service spring operating season.

 

Ferry services between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island scheduled to begin on May 1 have been delayed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update closer to the date, see Bulletin.

Additional customer information may be found here.


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March 25, 2020: Pelee Island Ferry Service will begin on April 1.

 

The government is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely and has taken steps to ensure the safe provision of the ferry service, see Bulletin

 

April 1 customer information may be found here

April 6 update to customer information may be found here

**NEW** April 21 update to customer information for changes to ferry service effective May 1 may be found here

Owen Sound Transportation & Pelee Island Ferry Service COVID-19 Frequent Asked Questions may be found here.


 

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Information for Pelee Island Winter Air Service Users

Please see link for Cameron Air’s Enhanced Procedures


 

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The Owen Sound Transportation Company response to COVID-19- Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Service

Owen Sound Transportation is closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19, and also recognizes that the current situation is evolving, and the response may change. The 2020 sailing season is set to commence May 1st, 2020 and at this time this date has not changed.  We will continue to follow advice and direction from the Ministry of Health, as they provide ongoing information and will continue to keep you informed.

Customers can now text OPT IN to 613-703-9026 to receive updates to the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Service; directly to their phones.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

 


2Pelee Island Transportation Service response to COVID-19

Pelee Island Transportation Services is closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19, and also recognizes that the current situation is evolving, and the response may change. The 2020 sailing season is set to commence April 1st, 2020 and at this time this date has not changed.  We will continue to follow advice and direction from the Ministry of Health, as they provide ongoing information and will continue to keep you informed.

Customers can  text OPT IN to 613-651-1749 to receive updates to Pelee Island Transportation Services; directly to their phones.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.


2Sandusky ferry service 2020:

Passengers traveling by foot (including those with bicycles) on the Pelee Island ferry service are required to make reservations.

Ferry passengers entering United States via the Pelee Island ferry: Identification must be provided at time of ticket purchase/boarding for pre-clearance advice to US Homeland Security. Please check https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/cross-us-borders for approved documentation requirements.

Ferry passengers entering Canada via the Pelee Island ferry from Sandusky: Please be prepared for Canada Customs and Immigration clearance on arrival at Pelee Island. Please bring required travel documentation: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/td-dv-eng.html


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Important information for 2020 Sandusky ferry service

Due to work required to ensure the safety of all ferry users, construction is ongoing on the new ramp and security systems for United States Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Homeland Security) in the City of Sandusky. Passenger-only service will be provided between Pelee Island and Sandusky Ohio for the 2020 sailing season.

Individuals requiring vehicles on/off Pelee Island will need to access through the Ontario mainland ports (Leamington starting May 8 or Kingsville starting July 30) for the 2020 sailing season.

Bookings will be available starting March 16, 2020. For further information about the 2020 sailing schedule please visit www.ontarioferries.com.


2Pelee Island Transportation Service – 2020 Pheasant Hunt Schedule

Reservations for the 2020 Pelee Island Pheasant Hunt will be available Sunday, March 1st for Hunt 1 (October 22, 23, 24), Monday, March 2 for Hunt 2 (October 29, 30, 31) and Tuesday, March 3 for Hunt 3 (November 5, 6, 7). Please see link for complete Hunt Schedule.

2020 Pheasant Hunt Schedule

 


2Pelee Island Transportation Services – 2020 Ferry Reservations

Reservations for the 2020 Pelee Island Sailing Season will be open Monday, March 16th, 2020. Please see link below for complete sailing schedule.

 


22020 Pheasant Hunt Reservation:

Hunt Reservations Procedure for 2020 Hunt Reservations will take place on the following designated days.

1st Hunt (October 22, 23, 24) – Sunday, March 1
2nd Hunt (October 29, 30, 31) – Monday, March 2
3rd Hunt (November 5, 6, 7) – Tuesday, March 3

Please call 1–800–661–2220 on the designated day for the scheduled Hunt week that you require.
All other Reservations will start on Monday, March 16, 2020


2Pelee Island Transportation Services Holiday Office Hours:

 Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – Regular Schedule (8am – 5pm; 2 flights)

 Wednesday, December 25, 2019 – Closed

 Thursday, December 26, 2019 – Regular Schedule (8am – 5pm; 2 flights)

 Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – Regular Schedule (8am – 5pm; 2 flights)

 Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – Closed

 Thursday, January 2, 2020 – Regular Schedule (8am – 5pm; 2 flights)


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Upcoming changes to the Pelee Island Sailing Schedule for September 22 & 23

Sunday, Sept 22: Revised Sailing Schedule

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10:30pm sailing from Pelee – CANCELLED

 

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Additional sailing

Departing Pelee Island – 8:00pm

 

Monday, Sept 23: Revised sailing schedule

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Departing Pelee Island – 7:00am and 12:00pm

Departing Leamington – 10:00am

 

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Departing Kingsville – 2:00pm and 6:00pm

Departing Pelee Island– 4:00pm


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Upcoming Schedule Changes for Pelee Island Ferries

The MV Pelee Islander II will be removed from service from August 26, 2019 to September 6, 2019, in order to complete scheduled maintenance on the vessel. Maintenance and inspection of operating systems is typical following several months of operating a new vessel.

The MV Jiimaan will deliver ferry service during this time. No impacts to regularly schedule ferry service are expected.

REMINDER NOTICE: Over the August long weekend there will be a change in the ferry schedule due to Pelee Unplugged Music Festival. 

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A Propane run has been scheduled for the following day for the Pelee Islander

Thursday, July 18 Pelee Islander revised sailings schedule

Departing Pelee – 9:00am (as scheduled)

Departing Leamington – 11:00am (Propane run, no passengers)

Departing Pelee to Sandusky – 1:00pm (As Scheduled)

Departing Sandusky – 3:30pm (As Scheduled)

Departing Pelee – 5:30pm (Propane run, no passengers)

Departing Leamington – 7:00pm (Additional sailing)


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FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN PELEE ISLAND AND SANDUSKY AFFECTED BY HIGH WATER LEVELS ON LAKE ERIE:

Persons making plans to use the Pelee Island Ferry Service to or from Sandusky should be advised that this service may be cancelled on very short notice from time to time during the 2019 operating season due to high water levels. The deck surface of the Jackson Street Pier in Sandusky is close to and at water level. Changes in wind direction have caused the ferry dock portion to become partially submerged during this period of record breaking high water levels on Lake Erie. Ferry service will be cancelled when water levels create a safety hazard for the service.


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 Ferry Parking at the Sandusky port

Pelee Island Transportation Service would like to advise all ferry customer of the construction work that is currently underway at the Jackson Street Pier, Sandusky, OH., resulting in no on-site parking for foot passengers. There is currently only the ability for drop off & pick up of passengers & luggage. For drivers of vehicles who are going as foot passengers please ensure you have sufficient time to return to the ship after parking to avoid missing the departure of the vessel.

For more information on the Jackson Street Pier construction project, please click here. For up-to-date progress please see the Project Webcams

 

Shoreline Drive Project Update

Sandusky Passengers

Starting Tuesday, June 25th the south side of Shoreline Drive from Jackson St to Wayne St will be closed to all vehicular traffic in order to allow the contractor to continue with the removal of pavement and tracks, installation of underground utilities, subgrade stabilization, installation of pavement sub-base and base, sidewalk and curb.

During this closure detour signs will be set up at all of the intersections along Water Street directing vehicular traffic to access Shoreline Dr via Franklin St at Shoreline Park. Message boards will be placed at Jackson/Water and Wayne/Water directing visitors to use Franklin St to access Shoreline Dr for the duration of the project.

Additional information regarding the closure;

  • For any Ferry Passengers parking south of Water St, a pedestrian access will be maintained at the Mylander Plaza crossing Shoreline Dr.
  • For any Ferry Passengers looking to board the Pelee Islander with a vehicle or be dropped off at the Ferry location will need to access Shoreline Dr at Franklin St, traveling west bound until they reach their destination. When exciting their destination onto Shoreline Drive, they will again travel west bound all the way down to Lawrence/Water St to exit.

For up to date road closures or project information click the link: www.ci.sandusky.oh.us/news_detail_T12_R21.php

 


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The 2019 Chi-Cheemaun Sailing Season has come an end.

 

Chi-Cheemaun’s final day of operation for the 2019 sailing season was October 19th. OSTC is happy to report an increase of 2.19% in vehicle traffic in 2019 compared to 2018, from 79,144 to 80,874 vehicles. Passenger traffic increased as well with 1.06%over the previous year from 199,896 in 2018 to 202,020 in 2019.

2020’s Sailing Season will start May 1st, 2020 with the first departure at 8:50am from Tobermory. Reservations for the 2020 sailing season will open January 6th, 2020.

 


 

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Travel Advisory for passengers to the Chi-Cheemaun travelling through Owen Sound

 

With the closure of 10th Bridge in Owen Sound, ON, please be advised of the below detours through Owen Sound commencing October 2nd through to Spring 2021.

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• Eastbound traffic will be redirected at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue West southerly to 8th Street, along 8th Street to 3rd Avenue East, northbound to 10th Street East.
• Westbound traffic will be redirected at 10th Street and 3rd Avenue East southerly towards 9th Street, along 9th Street to 2nd Avenue West, northbound to 10th Street West.

Please leave yourself extra time travelling through the downtown. Pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses in the downtown during the construction and we hope you will support these businesses during this reconstruction of the bridge.
For more information regarding the 10th Street bridge reconstruction, please visit https://www.owensound.ca/thebridge


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Chi-Cheemaun Ferry Parking Lot Fees Effective Summer 2020

 

Over-night and multi-day parking parking fees at the Tobermory and South Baymouth terminal parking lots will begin at the start of the 2020 summer operating season.  Ferry parking lots are restricted to ferry users only.

2020 Parking Fees:

Same Day- FREE

Daily – $10/day

Weekly – $60/week (7 days)


 

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OVERNIGHT CAMPING ON LOADING LOT FOR LARGE HOUSE TRAILERS & RVs

 

The Owen Sound Transportation Company Limited has been given permission by the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula to offer overnight dry camping on our loading lot for up to 10 RVs or self-contained house trailer units from June 14th – September 4, 2019. This is limited to only those vehicles who have reservations for the 7:00am sailing the next day. Pop-up tent trailer are excluded. For more details please call 1-800-265-3163 or email us at info@ontarioferries.com

 



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OSTC’S UPDATED CHI-CHEEMAUN CANCELLATION POLICY – Effective June 14, 2019

In order to maximize opportunities for customers to make reservations The Owen Sound Transportation Company  has updated its cancellation policy.

Effective June 14th, 2019 OSTC’s cancellation policy is as follows;  If you cancel or reschedule your sailing WITHIN 24 hours of your original departure time you will be charged the full amount of your vehicle fare. If you cancel or reschedule your sailing WITHIN 48-24 hours of your original departure time you will be charged half the booked vehicle fare. No-shows (individuals who make a reservation and do not show up AND do not cancel their reservation) will be charged the full vehicle fare. There is no charge to cancel or reschedule prior to 48 hours from scheduled departure. Cancellations or changes to reservations can be made by telephone within our operating hours, or by email 24 hours a day.

Thank you for your understanding,

The Owen Sound Transportation Company



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