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