About the ship:
Grand Heron’s construction began in 2006 and she was completed and put into service in 2008. She spent several seasons operating within the Magdalen Islands on the North Atlantic Ocean but the tour business in that area unfortunately became unviable and she was left drydocked for several years before being fully restored and given a second chance with the North Channel Cruise Line.
Grand Heron is 107 gross tonnes and is a 75’ trimaran style tour boat (floated on three large hulls) with a breadth of 30’. Her top cruising speed is 8 knots and has a draft of a mere 0.6 meters. She is constructed entirely out of top quality aluminum and built at a reputable ship yard on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Quebec.
Grand Heron is designed to carry up to 100 passengers but many of our full day tours will be capped at 50 to ensure an inside seat for every passenger and to enhance comfort aboard. The boat and crew are inspected and examined annually by Transport Canada to ensure compliance with the strict safety regulations governing this industry.
Because of this vessel’s design, the boat is amazingly stable in any sea condition. There is no pitch or roll as might be encountered on a single hull vessel. Grand Heron truly impresses even those that are shy to venture out on the water. Grand Heron was acquired & repositioned from her original home in autumn 2013 from the Magdalen Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean – outer perimeter of Gulf of St. Lawrence, a 3200KM journey. This was a true test for the vessel’s design, handling and reliability. She passed with flying colours! Grand Heron is powered by twin diesel Volvo engines and outfit with the latest in navigational computer equipment. Inside the vessel you can view the local navigation charts on the wall, as well as follow the route and current position on the 50 inch colour display inside the main cabin.
The vessel is available for private charter to groups wishing to entertain guests for any type of reception or corporate event. Grand Heron is complete with a licensed bar with light meals available from the onboard food service galley.
With her interior fully renovated, Grand Heron regularly offers tour options to the public weekly to North Channel locations such as the Benjamin Islands, Baie Fine, and Killarney with dinner, sunset and beach party options available for private charter. Join us aboard for unforgettable up close and distant views of Manitoulin Island, Georgian Bay and Lake Huron’s North Channel!