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“SS Keewatin - a Wow visit”
Review of The SS Keewatin

The SS Keewatin
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Owner description: Open May 18 - Oct. 9, 2017. UNIQUE IN THE WORLD....SS KEEWATIN is the only EDWARDIAN PASSENGER STEAMSHIP left in the world. Built in 1907, five years before TITANIC in Goven Scotland this 350 foot, 8 million pound treasure was built for Canadian Pacific to be part of building CANADA. She worked for 55 years carrying people and materials from southern Ontario to the top of Lake Superior and returning with 1600 tons of grain. Now restored to her original post of PORT McNICOLL just north of Barrie Ontario about 90 minutes from downtown Toronto. Keewatin has been lovingly restored by an army of volunteers so everything is in working condition. She is all original and open to the public from May 10th until mid October. Children under 16 free. Escorted tours can take up to 1 1/2 hours. Engine room, all decks, staterooms, public rooms and dining room, kitchens, crew quarters, museum, radio room and wheelhouse all available but NOT handicap accessible and has a number of stairs (including a grand staircase) 10 to 4 each day except Sunday 11 to 4.
Toronto, Canada
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88 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“SS Keewatin - a Wow visit”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

What a fascinating place and what an amazing story. And they are still working on it so its only going to get better. At first, we thought the $20 price for a tour of the upper decks and the engine room was a bit pricey, but two hours later we felt we'd got MORE than enough for our money. A lot of restoration has been done and much of the original fittings is still there. The engine room is a must not miss - although it hasn't been working for about 60 years, it still works and it gets turned on during the tour; the boilers and coal shutes are quite amazing too. Can't recommend this highly enough

Visited August 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Ontario's Own 'Titanic' -- Still Afloat at 107 Years of Age!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

S.S. Keewatin's antiquated yet artful decor dates back more than a century. Titanic's senior by five years, she has been largely and lovingly restored to her former glory. Unlike the Titanic of course, she is still a-float, intact from bow to stern, and open to the public. Keewatin is a rare specimen; one of only a few examples remaining in the world, of a passenger ship constructed of riveted steel panels, powered by steam, and styled in accordance with the decorum and sensibilities that characterized the early twentieth century. From the moment we stepped aboard she enveloped us in her elegance and nostalgic charm. Our tour guide enabled us to discover her, appreciate her, and be enthralled by her storied past. S.S. Keewatin is a must-see historical remnant -- well worth the trip to Port McNicol and price of admission.

Visited July 2014
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Midland, Canada
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Cranky Volunteer”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

On Saturday we took our two 7 year old grandsons for an outside only tour of the Keewatin. The boys were very excited and were very intelligently comparing the ship to the Titanic which they had been studying at school. After comparing the number of smoke stacks, the number of life boat stations and the stern we headed to the bow. Unfortunately a very poorly constructed barrier was knocked somewhat askew when the boys touched it at which point a man wearing an "event staff" shirt started yelling and berating the boys for touching the so called fence! When we asked him to please not speak to the children in that manner he accused us of being "likely candidates to sue him"? His reaction totally took away our excitement of our visit to this great ship! Maybe volunteers should be better trained in their people skills?

Visited July 2014
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Atillacan, General Manager at The SS Keewatin, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
We are very sorry you had this experience while visiting Keewatin Park, however the fence you refer to was around the Pirate Ship Liana's Ransom and not part of the SS KEEWATIN. The Pirate ship was in our port for the weekend but is not part of our organization and no Keewatin Volunteers were on duty in that area. It is unfortunate that the individual was so agressive and impolite in dealing with your grandchildren and there is no excuse for it. Keewatin volunteers are all part of our small community and work hard to make everyones visit a pleasant and memorable one so the word of our little hidden paradise spreads. Obviously the Pirates follow a different code of rules.
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Small Town ON
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great Tour”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

We were fortunate and picked a quiet day to go on the tour. We had a private tour that was over and hour and a half long. Very informative. I look forward to seeing all the renos and repairs they do this huge ship.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. Our guide was very knowledgable about the history of the ship. There were only 2 of us and we had our own private tour guide! Well worth the journey and the $20!

Visited May 2014
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