International Marine Passenger Terminal
The Port of Toronto’s International Marine Passenger Terminal was built in 2005 to accommodate The Spirit of Ontario I a water-jet powered big catamaran fast ferry that was to make several round trips per day between Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Rochester, New York, USA. The terminal is at 8 Unwin Avenue, in the old Portlands, near Cherry Beach. The terminal cost $8 million to construct.
The Rochester firm that initially owned the ferry had a 14 year lease on the use of the terminal that would have paid the City of Toronto $250,000 per year. The lease was terminated in December 2009 after payment of a $90,000 settlement.
The fast ferry service was only in service for a total six months. Cruise ships that serve European tourists, cruising the Great Lakes, make limited use of the terminal.
- Getting to The Port of Toronto’s International Marine Passenger Terminal, Port of Toronto, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-12-29.
- Debra Black. Ferry lived fast and died young, Toronto Star, 2006-01-12, p. E 01. Retrieved on 2011-12-30. “What happens to the terms of that lease and what Rochester owes the port authority must still be determined, said [Lisa Raitt]. The ferry is survived by the $8 million International Marine Passenger Terminal on Cherry Beach and a $35 million (U.S.) Rochester port redevelopment, which included a new terminal.”
- Debra Black. Beleaguered ferry heads off across the pond; Rochester unties Spirit of Ontario Sold for $29.8M to plug financial hole, Toronto Star, 2006-05-06, p. A 12. Retrieved on 2011-12-30.
- Emily Mathieu. Rochester ends fast ferry lease, Toronto Star, 2009-12-18. Retrieved on 2011-12-30. “According to the Democrat & Chronicle, the ferry board agreed to pay the Toronto Port Authority a settlement of $90,000 (U.S.) to end the lease. The board also voted to dissolve the Rochester Ferry Co.”