Is a Toronto-Niagara high-speed boat service coming on Lake Ontario?

Published on June 23, 2022 at 5:22 p.m.

Reports indicate that a plan to connect Toronto and Niagara by high-speed shuttle across Lake Ontario is back on the table.

Originally proposed before the pandemic, interested parties resurrected the project through a submission to Toronto City Hall.

Although in the early stages of development, the plan promises to get tourists to and from Toronto and Niagara in an easy-to-use system that could eclipse the traditional method of traveling along the QEW highway by car.

The service would use a high-speed catamaran that can accommodate between 25 and 50 passengers. Travel time between the two points would be around one hour with little risk of traffic jams.

A source with knowledge of the proposal said the use would be strictly for tourism with quietly scheduled departure times.

“It wouldn’t be for anyone looking to get to work,” the source said, adding that the Niagara stop would likely be near Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Original plans called for stops along the way in Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington, but the new proposal suggests the race will be just between Toronto and Niagara.

There’s no timeline for when the shuttle will return, but optimists suggest summer 2023.

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