"The staff and the cargo were then conveyed to the Oakleys’ island by one of the big lake steamers, while the family traveled in their own steam yacht"
Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst - Credit: Frank Micklethwaite
Public DomainMuskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst - Credit: Frank Micklethwaite

A fleet of majestic steamships serviced the three large, interconnected lakes, dropping passengers at resorts or private homes. This photo shows the wharf at Gravenhurst - the gateway to the lakes - with a couple of the large steamships in the back and private ones in the foreground. The train pulled right up onto the wharf.

The restored R.M.S. Segwun is the oldest operating steamship in North America, and provides daily sightseeing cruises in the summer, including a delightful sunset dinner cruise. It can also be rented for weddings and special events. Check out the website for information on sailings.