Finally, the Big Canoe has set to sail.
The Chi Cheemaun completed its first run of the season from Tobermory to South Baymouth at 8:50 AM on Friday.
The start of the season has been delayed two weeks because of low water levels and safety concerns.
However last weekend, the water levels rose about 25 centimetres, and officials with the Owen Sound Transportation Company decided to operate with load limits.
The news was a relief to the residents and businesses on the Bruce Peninsula and Northern Ontario for whom the Chi Cheemaun represents a lifeline and a livelihood.
Meanwhile, Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker continues to pressure the Northern Development and Mines Minister, Michael Gravelle to implement interim measures while the docks undergo the needed fender repair work and should water levels drop again.
Walker also reiterates his suggestion that the new fenders be adjustable so as to avoid such challenges in future.
The tender process began earlier this week, and the contract was scheduled to be awarded on Friday.