DRIVING DIRECTIONS


FROM THE GTA:
Make your way to Highway 48 (Markham Road) and follow north past Sutton. Proceed to the small town of Virginia and turn left on Hadden Road.

FROM POINTS EAST:
Make your way to Highway 12 and follow until you reach Highway 48. Turn west on 48 and follow until you reach the small town of Virginia. Turn Right onto Hadden Road.

Proceed to the Virginia Beach Marina and Restaurant where you can park your vehicle and board the ferry. Ferry tickets are purchased on the boat and secured parking is paid for at the gas shack.

THE AAZHAAWE FERRY
Aazhaawe was the name given to our vessel by elder, Barbara McDonald. In English, this name means “to go across”, and is a phrase that has been commonly used by residents for many, many years. “Are you going across?” or “I’m going across today”, or “Are you going across again?” are phrases that are part of life on the island.

Hike Metal of Nova Scotia built the ferry boat for Georgina Island First Nation in 1999. In September of 1999, the vessel was sailed from Nova Scotia, through the Trent Severn Waterway, and into Lake Simcoe, where it finally found its home on Georgina Island.

The Aazhaawe is Transport Canada approved and regularly inspected by the coast guard. The ship and crew meet all Canadian Coast Guard specifications and requirements. It can carry up to 18 cars and there is comfortable cabin space for 50 walk-on passengers. We request that you park your vehicle on the mainland and walk on to the ferry to save the limited space for island residents. The ferry boat travels from April through to December. As ferry times can fluctuate depending on the time of the year, please contact the Trail Centre for the departure times on the date of your expected arrival.