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Antique & Classic Boat Society-Toronto

2021International Vintage Boating Day


International Vintage Boating Day celebrates our ability to share on-water experiences under extraordinary circumstances as well as the value of strong relationships within the vintage boating community.

Learning to navigate is a key boating skill, and as boaters, we must always look ahead, pay attention to our environment, and adjust course as necessary. We have recently learned that our use of a stylized Inukshuk in the event logo was inappropriate, and we regret any unintended offense its use may have caused.




Any COVID-19 protocols in place on August 21 will be observed.

Please be responsible for your own wellbeing and that of others.

National Vintage Boating Day was launched in 2020 as a way for boating groups to engage their members in a contactless rendezvous. Boaters gathered safely in seven different venues – Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Gloucester Pool, Lake of Bays, Pigeon and Chemong Lakes, the Rideau Canal, and Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Building on the success of last year’s event, routes are being developed across North America for 2021, and we invite you to join us for International Vintage Boating Day on Saturday, August 21.

Once again, the goal is to have as many vintage boats as possible on the water at the same time in a variety of locations. No registration is required, and any stops along the way should be governed by local COVID protocols.

To be part of this exciting event, check the information below for a planned route near you, or

  • Take the lead to plan a route on a nearby waterway.
  • Choose a common starting point or arrange to meet in one location at the end of the trip.
  • Choose locations that are easily accessible to a number of people with a minimum of trailering.
  • Reach out to fellow vintage boaters in your area.
  • Share route information with us if you’d like us to promote it as well.
  • Get out on the water and have fun while still maintaining social distancing.

Please feel free to customize this event for your group and area. Some suggestions include raising money to support a local food bank/pantry, women’s shelter, or Mental Health initiative; providing box lunches; meeting for a picnic while maintaining social distancing; gathering at a local waterside restaurant, or any other activities permitted within COVID protocols.

We hope your group will join in on August 21. We’d appreciate it if you’d share your stories and photos after the event to share in Classicboat, Classicboat Connection, the Rudder, and other boating publications as well as on social media.

Please contact for further information or to share your plans.

Gloucester Pool – Contact Scott Dunsmoor

This slow-paced cruise will begin in Little Go Home Bay, head around into Whites Bay, past the mouth of the channel to Big Chute and down the Trent-Severn Watrway System, through The Narrows into Little Lake and returning via the Back Channel. Assemble by 10:30 a.m. or join enroute.

Led by ACBS-Toronto Membership Director, Scott Dunsmoor in The Traveller, we will be leaving from the Dunsmoor cottage in Little Go Home Bay and heading around into Whites Bay, past the mouth of the channel to Big Chute, and down the Trent-Severn waterway system. We will travel through The Narrows into Little Lake and returning via the Back Channel along the southern shoreline to the end of Little Go Home Bay, returning to the area of the Dunsmoor cottage and dispersing from there.

Boaters are welcome to join us as we pass by your place, or you can moor in front of the Dunsmoor cottage and start from there. If you are early, feel free to pull into the Dunsmoor docks before we start. The cruise will be a slow leisurely pace leaving at 10:30 a.m. No plans have been established for the conclusion of the event; however, we will forward any additional updates as they become available.

Lake Muskoka – Contact Greg Martin or Chris Vandergrift

Assemble by 10:30 a.m. at the south end of Horseshoe Island which is just south of the entrance to the Indian River leading up to Port Carling. Guides will lead the flotilla on a gentle cruise which is different than last year. Contacts are Chris Vandergrift and Greg Martin

Lake Rosseau – Contact Lawton Osler or Rick Terry

Assemble at 10.30 a.m. at the mouth of the Indian River. Follow the south shore of Lake Rosseau west past Muskoka Lakes GCC and return on the outside of the islands to assembly point.

Lake of Bays – Contact Rita Adams

Join us, weather permitting, to cruise the lake in the morning, with an aim to boat past the south shore of Bigwin Island and arrive at Port Cunnington Lodge at noon to enjoy an outdoor box lunch on the grounds. Docking space is available at Port Cunnington. This will be a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends who we have missed seeing over the past few years.

Box lunches ($18.95, plus tax) must be PRE-ORDERED by Wednesday, August 18. Contact Port Cunnington Lodge directly, at 705-635-2505, to pre-order your box lunch. There will be a few picnic tables and Muskoka chairs on the grounds; however, if you can, bring a fold up lawn chair with you to ensure everyone has seating.

If possible, please consider donating to the Winter Pantry, which services people from Baysville to Dorset. Donations may be made by e-transfer to: All donations over $20 will be issued a tax receipt.

Pigeon Lake – Contact Bryan Rhodes

Launch at Victoria Place between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. or meet off the Victoria Place beach area at 10:00.

We’ll go around the Big Island (Boyd Island) towards the west shore of Pigeon Lake and up the channel to Bobcaygeon. Turn around in Gordon’s Yacht Harbour and return to Victoria Place for a picnic lunch. Please bring your own picnic, beverages, and lawn chairs.

Dock space will be available. Please contact Bryan Rhodes to reserve dock space or launch ramp.

Big Bear Lake (Southern California) – Contact Rob Cassell

Celebrate International Vintage Boating Day as part of the Big Bear Lake Boat Show August 19 – 22, 2021 - our first in-person event since before the pandemic.

Smith Mountain Lake (Virginia) – Contact Dave Olson

Meet at the confluence of the Roanoke and Blackwater Rivers at Channel Marker B1 at 10:00 a.m.  Cruise towards the dam and then up Witcher Creek (10:15 - 10:40).  Return and cruise up Craddock Creek (11:00 a.m.) and stop at Mitchell's Restaurant for lunch (11:30 a.m.).  After lunch, cruise down Craddock Creek to Mariners Landing (1:00 p.m.) and then cruise back to the Channel Marker B1.  End of the Cruise - Approximately 2:00 p.m.  

Belwood Lake Sailing Club – Contact Malcolm Black

Kids & Classics Boatshops Museum will have up to six of our antique sailboats in the water by noon on August 21 for a Sailpast at 1 PM.

The 1960 Lightning “Bolt”, 1939 Grew Gaffer, 1950ish Y-Flyer 57, Sonatina #1, and possibly our Snipe will be joined by a few club member owned Woodie sailboats, our Richardson cedar strip, one of our kids built skiffs and our K&C member’s own Dippy. Lots of fun! If you wish to join us call or text Malcolm’s cell at 416-697-6455.