Join us aboard The William Ramsey for a relaxing tour of this peaceful, lovely lake. After departing the dock at Science North, you can unwind with a snack or beverage and learn a bit about the history of the lake. As you soak in the beautiful scenery, you’ll quickly discover why it is often referred to as “the jewel of Sudbury.”
All public cruises are one hour. Tickets are purchased at the Science North sales desk which closes 10 minutes prior to each cruise time. Last minute tickets can be purchased on the boat (subject to availability) but we do recommend reservations as some cruises may be already full or chartered.
You can reserve your tickets up to two weeks in advance by calling 705-523-IMAX.
2017 Cruise Rates
$14.95 + Tax
$11.95 + Tax
$11.95 + Tax
Groups (10 or More)
$11.95 + Tax
Children 2 Years and Under
Free (1 per Adult)
Boat and Tour Information
Previously known as The Cortina, the boat was re-christened The William Ramsey in recognition of the man who discovered Sudbury’s “lost lake” in 1893. Both the boat and the lake are named after William Allen Ramsey who surveyed the CP railway’s right of way in 1883. The track was originally supposed to travel south of the lake, but the surveyors got lost in thick fog. The high mineral content of the rocky area caused their compasses to point further north than was actually true north. Ramsey himself originally named the lake “Lost Lake” because of the difficulty they had finding it again. Our vessel has been owned, operated, and helmed by Captain Rob for 33 years. During this time, we have welcomed hundreds of thousands of passengers from around the globe. During the current sailing season, we will warmly welcome many more!
Whether you are local to the City of Greater Sudbury area or visiting us as part of your summer vacation, an hour-long public cruise is the perfect family activity! Fully equipped with two washrooms and a snack bar, The William Ramsey can accommodate 50 passengers per public cruise, is stroller and wheelchair accessible and is licensed by the LLBO. With plenty of seating and a spacious back deck, there are lots of vantage points to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Children will enjoy an opportunity to drive the boat (under the watchful eye of Captain Rob!)
If you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking for a unique venue to host a corporate event, The William Ramsey offers the perfect solution with one and two-hour private charters. Weddings, birthdays, reunions, graduations, retirement sendoffs, or any other excuse you can think of to have a party! The vessel can accommodate 50 passengers if there is going to be food and entertainment, and 60 passengers if not. If food is desired, outside caterers can be recommended, or you can provide your own food. There’s no need to worry about obtaining a liquor license or sound system with cordless microphone, as they are already included! (Please note: you are not allowed to bring beverages or snacks on board.) To find out more and to book your private charter, contact Captain Rob directly at 705-691-5237.