Ship to Shore: Steamers and Hotelware of Muskoka’s Golden Age

Comport, ca. 1901, Royal Muskoka Hotel

Article by Geoffrey Shifflett


his summer the RMS Segwun turns 125. She still sails the Muskoka Lakes, the last reminder of what was once the largest inland navigation fleet in Canada. Steam navigation on the Muskoka Lakes began with the launching of the Wenonah by Alexander Peter Cockburn in 1866. Considered by many to be the father of …