Passenger ship Pearl Mist gives economic boost to Midland

A passenger ship sailed into the Port of Midland on Thursday for the first time this year, giving a financial boost to businesses that have struggled throughout the pandemic.

The Pearl Mist is a 210-passenger ship that offers panoramic views of the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay.

It has been two years since the Pearl Mist sailed the Great Lakes. This charter has 150 guests on board excited to be back.

Pearl Seas Cruises offers a seven-night and 11-night cruise on the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay, starting in Toronto and calling at Midland and Parry Sound.

The ship left Toronto on Sunday for the first cruise of the season.

Crew members say there are a number of places they can’t visit this year.

“It’s been challenging but also exciting to add new options to the itinerary,” says Kristen Lambert, guest programs manager at Pearl Mist.

The City of Midland says businesses have suffered tremendously during the pandemic. Andy Campbell, executive director of infrastructure and environment at the City of Midland, says the ship will help economic recovery.

“Midland needs tourism. It’s a big boost to the economic development of the city,” says Campbell. “We’re really excited for everyone who comes to town to spend their money and come back because they had a great experience here.”

Local vendors feel the same. Jiyu Silk Art co-owner Shelley Robillard says the pandemic has been extremely difficult for her small business.

But with the tourist season here, things are looking up.

“We were popular enough in previous years for the Pearl Mist to be here, that they contacted the town of Midland and asked us

come back every time,” says Robillard.

“We love when the Pearl Mist comes around, everyone is so friendly and kind,” she adds.

Ten cruises are due to stop in Midland until mid-September.

More information about the cruise line can be found here.