Community Services

Transportation Manager – Benson Big Canoe

Non-essential visitors are not permitted on the island. It is a private residential community with no spaces open to the public. Ferry transportation is for GIFN members and their guests, leaseholders, and contractors.


All modes of transportation and communication are subject to weather conditions.

The Aazhaawe Ferry

Aazhaawe was the name given to our vessel by Elder Barbara McDonald. In English, this means ‘to go across,’ and it is a phrase that has been commonly used by residents for many, many years. ‘Are you going across?’ or ‘I’m going across today,’ or ‘Are you going across again?’ are phrases that are part of life on the island.

Hike Metal of Nova Scotia built the ferryboat for Georgina Island First Nation in 1999. In September of 1999, the vessel was sailed from Nova Scotia, through the Trent Severn Waterway, and into Lake Simcoe, where it finally found its home on Georgina Island.

The Aazhaawe is Transport Canada approved and regularly inspected by the coast guard. The ship and crew meet all Canadian Coast Guard specifications and requirements. It can carry up to 18 cars and there is comfortable cabin space for 50 walk-on passengers. We request that you park your vehicle on the mainland and walk on to the ferry to save the limited space for island residents. The ferryboat travels from April through to December.

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The Water Taxi


The Water Taxi is for Members only to enable our staff and people safe passage.