Annual Boat Show and Parade takes over Gananoque waterfront

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

GANANOQUE – This is Full Moon — A 1937 Hutchinson Sedan — one of a only a few left of its kind in the Country.
Back in the 30’s this antique boat was considered quite the luxury piece.
Ray Saunders/From Brockville: “When the rich and famous were having their evening parties, the ladies would prefer to go in a hard top boat to keep their hair from being rained on and so on…” Ray Saunders is now the owner of this vintage beauty. It’s been fully restored and is ready to accept passengers aboard.

Saunders: “It was specifically built for the waters of the St. Lawrence so they handle very well.
Even though things can get quite rough out there.”

Full Moon is just one of dozens hitting the waters for the 4th annual Boat Parade — an event where passengers get a free ride and tour of the St.
Lawrence after leaving the docks in Gananoque.
Great news for this couple visiting from Ottawa.

“We’ve had modern boats all our lives but never been on anything like this so it will be quite exciting.”

The event is run by the Thousand Islands Boat Museum. Museum officials hope the Boat Parade will bring attention to the organization and its vast collection of about 30 antique boats — many of which take part in the parade, along with volunteer boaters from across the region.

Susanne Richter/Executive Director, Thousand Islands Boat Museum: “Our thought has always been if we can be the bridge to the river, get people out there, and they’ll absorb the heritage and the magical spirit that we have here.”

New this year is the completion of new docks owned by the museum — engineered to cater to high water marks. The museum calls it ‘phase 1’ of construction — which carried a pricetag of 2 million dollars.

Heather Senoran/Videographer: “The museum is hoping for community support through fundraising efforts to help pay for phase 2.
The 1.2 million dollar project includes the addition of a roof to cover these docks.
It will act like a boat port to protect antique boats from UV damage.” Once complete in 2018, the museum will offer a one of a kind outdoor gallery with classic boats lined up dockside — adding to the stunning views along the Gananoque waterfront.

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