The 2017 sailing season has wrapped up for the Chi-Cheemaun.
Monday it make its way to Owen Sound from Tobermory with 500 passengers on board for the Annual Fall Colours Cruise.
The President and CEO of the Owen Sound Transportation Company, Susan Schrempf says final traffic numbers fared better than expected given the unseasonably wet and cool summer weather.
She says the Chi-Cheemaun carried 80,786 vehicles between Tobermory and South Baymouth this year, which is 2.02% more than last year.
Schrempf says that is the first time since 2012 that they have cracked the 80 thousand mark.
Meanwhile, just under 207 thousand passengers were carried by the Ferry, which is 1.96% more than in 2016.
In spite of 7 round-trip crossings lost to mechanical issues sporadically during the early part of the season, Susan Schrempf says operational reliability rates remain high.
The 2017 sailing season saw the Chi-Cheemaun hosting more musical and interpretation programming than in prior years.
There were 4 Dinner Cruise and Concerts, a Craft Brews Cruise, weekly Sunset Dinner Cruises, weekly interpretation programs with Parks Canada, and "A Month of Sundays" musical workshop concerts in July.
Schrempf says interior renovations are scheduled for the Chi-Cheemaun once again while at its winter berth in the Owen Sound Harbour.
This year renovations will be made to the Aft Lounge.
This space, like the Dining Room and Fathom Five Lounge renovations, will be completely remodelled and modernized.
The 2018 sailing season is scheduled to begin Friday, May 4th and will provide daily crossings from Tobermory to South Baymouth from May through October.