Fish flies force cancellation of Pelee Islander 2 ferry service

It's unclear how long the Pelee Islander II will be out of service.

Ferry could be down beyond Sunday, says transportation committee chair

Deck passenger seating on board the Pelee Islander II. (Ministry of Transportation)

It's bad news for anyone hoping to set sail on the Pelee Islander 2 today.

An obstruction of fish flies in the Pelee Islander 2's "engine cooling water system" has forced the ship to be taken out of service.

"Having it down today is unfortunate. There's no doubt about that," said David Dawson, chair of Pelee Island's transportation committee, on the closure happening during the Canada Day long weekend.

Ferry service to Sandusky, Ohio has also been cancelled. Dawson said it's unfortunate since "a big chunk" of the town's tax revenue comes from the U.S. side of the border.

"They probably would like to get back home tonight, because they have to work on Monday. We don't."

As a backup, the Jiimaan is being prepped for service. Updates will be provided throughout the day.

It's unclear how long the Pelee Islander 2 will be out of service. According to Dawson, it may be down for "more than a day."


Sanjay Maru is a reporter at CBC Windsor. Email him at


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