Original Broadcast Date: January 1, 2017
Did you know that Lake Muskoka is home to the oldest operating hand-fired steamship in North America?
The mail ship RMS Segwun—built in Glasgow, Scotland and assembled right here in Gravenhurst, Ontario—celebrates a remarkable 130 years in 2017.
In the mid-19th century, it was Alexander Co Burn (Cockburn)—the steamboat magnate whose Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company first placed steamers on the lake—who lobbied the government to install locks and open cuts between lakes to allow his steamships, and ultimately generations of cottagers, tourists, and anglers to freely access the full Muskoka lake system.
Today, the Segwun welcomes visitors to climb aboard this veritable steam-powered time machine for a unique cruise into the past.
So after you’ve finished a rewarding (or challenging) day of fishing, you can buy a ticket and enjoy this one-of-a-kind tour of the lake and its heritage.
Just another reason to Go Fish in Ontario.