Underwater Sketching Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours
Staying Upwind of Covid-19!
WHEN IT IS SAFE TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN, WE’LL BE READY!
This photo to the left shows the beautiful smiles of our loved ones, including family and friends. We can’t wait to see them, and you aboard our boats, once again!
At this time of the year we are usually putting boats in the water, hiring and training staff, working up new stories and experiences to share and looking forward to welcoming you aboard.
Enter COVID-19, with many unknowns!
However, there are some important details affecting our operations, that we do know:
- In South Bruce Peninsula all of our trails, beaches, marinas, docks and boat launches are presently closed.
- Mandatory closure of non-essential workplaces.
- People must avoid gatherings of more than 5 people.
- Ontario has declared a Restricted Fire Zone for the entire fire region of the province (Restricted Fire Zones 1 to 36) which includes the Bruce Peninsula
- Seasonal residents have been asked to remain at their home address near their own doctor, and avoid coming to the Bruce due to concern about the inability for our rural medical system and essential services to handle any increase in population at this time of the year.
- Many Bruce Peninsula accommodators will not be providing short-term rental accommodation in spring months. (UPDATE: Short-term rentals have been banned. – April 7/20)
- There is enforcement of by-laws that have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus in our municipality.
- If we all follow the provincial guidelines and STAY HOME now, there is a greater chance that we will all be able to enjoy some of the summer of 2020. Only time will tell!
You can learn more about our local response on the Town of South Bruce Peninsula website.
When this is over we will be so happy to spend time with the people we are missing right now, and we expect you will want to spend time with your people, too! When it is safe to do so, we look forward to welcoming you back and helping you shake off these months of self-isolation!
Our present operations:
- Operations that can continue:
- Odd jobs at cottages that are still vacant so you can be assured your spring routines are being handled, and so we can remain physically distanced from others
- Operations presently on hold:
- boat tours
- Sauble Beach Main Street reservation location
- short term rental accommodations are on hold until June 20th, to be altered as is recommended by authorities
- Our decision and timing of startup of above, will be determined by:
- municipal and provincial guidelines in place to protect the residents of Ontario and our community
- health and safety of our staff, and our guests
- When full operations resume:
- We will follow public health guidelines for business operators to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on our boats, when operations resume.
- Our private, small-group experiences will be highlighted when operations can safely resume, as we believe our guests will appreciate the reduced risk inherent in these situations.
- Our customers can continue to book our tours online during this time. We would recommend booking July – October. If we can open earlier, you’ll be the first to know!
- If you would like a refund for an existing reservation or outstanding Gift Certificates, please contact us at 519-372-6309 and leave a message or email TheStewarts@brucepeninsulaboattours.com.
- Our very liberal refund policy will continue to apply. (You can cancel up to 24 hours before a tour and receive a full refund. Cancellation within 24 hours of departure, receive a 90% refund.)
- In addition to our weather related safety cancellation policy, we are adding the right to cancel and provide a full-refund if we cannot resume operations for health and safety reasons related to this pandemic.
- If restrictions remain in place throughout the 2020 season and we are unable to resume operations, all outstanding Gift Certificates, Gift Cards and reservations will be refunded.
Keeping our Community Healthy and Strong
The Bruce Peninsula Community Food Bank is in immediate need of support. We personally support this organization and volunteer our time with the Rotary Club of Wiarton who also support this organization. With major community fundraisers cancelled and a variety of donations at risk the supplies at our food bank may be dangerously reduced. If you love the Bruce Peninsula and would like to support our community, please consider donating to the Bruce Peninsula Community Food Bank. You can find more information about how to do this, here.
Thank you to our valued customers for your continued support. Your inquiries, planned return visits and recommendations of our tours is very appreciated.
As business owners and partners in life, we have a great deal to be grateful for. Our business is a second chapter for us, that we never expected, and thoroughly enjoy. We are healthy, our children and grandchildren are healthy and safe. (But we are really missing them right now!) We have a lovely home, in a beautiful place with all the conveniences anyone could ever want or need while in isolation, and we have each other.
As we think about those in countries that do not have the government and infrastructure we are privileged to have here in Canada, the migration of workers across countries that have gone into immediate lockdown, the people in Canada and the world that may live in perilous conditions already, our hearts break. Be kind, be generous, be thankful. We’ll get through this, and we suspect there will be some unexpected gifts, in the midst the unusual situation we all find ourselves in today.
We’re Hiring for the 2020 Boat Tour Season!
JOIN THE BRUCE PENINSULA BOAT TOUR TEAM!
What could be better than spending your summer on or near the Fishing Islands of Lake Huron or on the Sauble River! We will be hiring skilled, personable and enthusiastic staff for the 2020 tour boat season to work in both our Sauble Beach and Oliphant locations.
Boat Tour Operator/Guides
Reservation Agent and Social Media Person
Staff Pick for a Memory Maker: A Gift Card for a Snorkeling Adventure!
A Gift Card for a Snorkeling Adventure!
Gift cards are a great way to make a plan, to make more memories together.
Some of our best memories from last summer, was taking entire extended families our for a snorkeling tour: Grandma/grandpa, parents, grandkids and a few extra aunties and uncles in the mix. These were great days for us, because our guests had such a wonderful time! (You really can’t beat this job!)
We know that the organization of these special family days for our guests, can be somewhat like herding cats (or fish), but from what we can see, when you finally have everyone in your group rounded up, it turns into a wonderful day on the water with your family!
We provide the mask, snorkel, and fins and we have snorkel guides on board to help you feel comfortable and stay safe.
Why not gift a memory maker this Christmas, instead of stuff?
Winter Reads and Other Christmas Gifts
Local History, Environmental Science and More From the Bruce!
We are excited to bring you some of our favourite Bruce County, Fishing Islands and Great Lakes inspired titles this winter season. They are available for purchase now, and can be found at our Ticket Booth at 310 Main Street in Sauble Beach, this coming summer. Looking for a great Christmas Gift? Here is a copy of our recent issue of Tour New, which contained our list of titles. Make sure to subscribe at the bottom to get future issues of Tour News. Instructions on how to order, are at the bottom.
THE BRUCE DOCUMENTARY SERIES (DVD)
For thousands of years, people have been drawn by the beauty, abundance and mystery of Ontario’s rugged Bruce Peninsula. This three-part series explores
the ancient relationship the Saugeen Ojibway have with this territory and the lengths they go to hold onto that relationship, especially the right to fish. We learn about the regions rapid colonization period and the area’s equally rapid decolonization as people left for greener pastures in western Canada. Discover how tourism and the arrival of the world’s largest nuclear power station changed things here. As well, you will uncover how the Bruce becomes one of the most important natural area’s in Ontario.
PRICE: $25.00 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
BY ROBIN HILBORN
Robin HIlborn is a retired information officer for the federal government and author of the local histories Southampton Vignettes (2010), Heart of the Great Lakes (2015) This companion to The Bruce Documentary Series also has three parts. The topics reflect those in the film, but with much more historical background.
PRICE: $35.00 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
THE BRUCE BECKONS
BY W. SHERWOOD FOX
This well-known and locally-loved book by W. Sherwood Fox, received immediate acclaim as a wonderful guide to the Bruce Peninsula when it was first published in 1952. Our strong connection to this book includes a thank you in the foreward to Peter’s grandfather Walter Newman for his contributions to the chapter on the lumbering on the Bruce Peninsula.
PRICE: $26.00 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE CHIPPEWAS OF NAWASH
BY POLLY KEESHIG TOBIAS
This 89 page graphic representation of historical events beginning with the 1836 Treaty to the trial of two band members in 1992 for exceeding their quota of lake trout. In the words of the late Dr. Basil Johnston: “This book deserves to be in classrooms.”
PRICE: $25.00 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES
BY DAN EGAN
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening in the Great Lakes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them.
PRICE: $23.95 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
SHIPWRECKS, MONSTERS AND MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT LAKES
BY ED BUTTS
Since the sinking of the Griffon in 1679, the shoals and reefs, uncharted rocks, and sandbars of the Great Lakes have taken more than 6000 vessels to their watery grave. A ship caught in a storm on the Great Lakes had much less room to maneuver than did one at sea. The wreckage of ships and the bones of the people who sail them litter the bottoms of the five lakes: Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior. Ed Butts has gathered stories and lake lore in this fascinating, frightening volume. For anyone living on the shores of the Great Lakes, or just fascinated by them, these tales will inspire a new interest and respect for their storied past.
PRICE: $16.99 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
PADDLE TO RATTLESNAKE ISLAND
BY DONNA STEWART
#1 in the Brucedale Backpackers series of outdoor adventure stories for young readers. Katie and Matt learn kayaking skills and find excitement on a camping trip. Inspired by a trip in the Fishing Islands of Lake Huron! Author is part-owner of Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours.
PRICE: $7.95 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
SKIING IN BLACK BEAR PARK
BY DONNA STEWART
ISBN 1-896922-22-8 978-1-896922-22-5
When Katie and Matt go winter camping, they learn to cross-country ski, and glide into an adventure.
PRICE: $8.95 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
THE PHANTOM PIPER
BY BARBARA AGGERHOLM
This well-known and locally-loved book by Sherwood Fox, received immediate acclaim as a wonderful guide to the Bruce Peninsula when it was first published in 1952. Our strong connection to this book includes a thank you in the foreward to Peter’s grandfather Walter Newman for his contributions to the chapter of the lumbering on the Bruce Peninsula.
PRICE: $8.95 (plus taxes, shipping and handling)
HOW TO ORDER
If you would like to order titles for this Christmas season, please send an email to TheStewarts@brucepeninsulaboattours.com and include your name, book or DVD title, number of copies, and full mailing address including postal code. We will provide you with a quote that includes shipping costs and will await your confirmation that you wish to proceed with the order. Prior to shipping we require by e-Transfer to the email address above.