Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst, Muskoka
R.M.S. Segwun: A Signature Experience
North America’s oldest operational steamship.
And Discovery Centre – voted as one of Canada’s most exciting new attractions.
Take a cruise on the oldest operating steamship in North America and enjoy a scenic trip on Muskoka's Lakes.
In 1887 the R.M.S. Segwun was built in Glasgow, Scotland and assembled in Gravenhurst. The ship originally a side paddlewheel steamer named Nipissing II, served as a connection – transporting passengers, mail, and freight from The Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst to cottages, resorts, and homes. In 1925, the ship was relaunched and given her Ojibwa name: Segwun, meaning ‘springtime’. The newly-outfitted steamer proved to be the fastest of the ships on the lakes, continuing her service to Canada Post and the many visitors in the area. In 1962, The RMS Segwun was converted into a floating maritime museum at The Muskoka Wharf and thus escaped deconstruction.
Muskoka Discover Centre
The Muskoka Discovery Centre unfolds in over 20,000 sq. ft. of dynamic and state-of-the-art exhibits. New in 2018, Watershed Wonders is not to be missed and the ever popular KIDZONE is a great place to spend a rainy day. The exhibits capture the glory of the Muskoka experience, exploring the rich history of steamships, wooden boats and luxury hotels that helped define our region. The Muskoka Discovery Centre showcases the true spirit of the beloved lakes, which has captivated people for generations.
A highlight is the large boathouse with a collection of Muskoka's own jewels - the classic wooden boats with their finish glistening in the sunlight.