New hovercraft service could get you from Toronto to Niagara in 30 minutes

A new hovercraft service is coming to give travellers more options between Toronto and the Niagara Region. Brandon Rowe has more from the company who's looking to make it a reality in 2023.

By Lucas Casaletto

Ever dream of travelling by hovercraft? Want to get from Toronto to Niagara in half an hour? You’re going to get that chance.

Hoverlink Ontario announced it will launch its rapid transit route between Toronto and the Niagara Region in the summer of 2023, which will see the large-scale hovercraft service moving passengers across Lake Ontario in 30 minutes.

Toronto Argonauts general manager Michael “Pinball” Clemons is on the board of directors at Hoverlink Ontario. He says the hovercraft service is the first of its kind in the province.

“December is months away, yet today we officially announce a gift to families across the Golden Horseshoe,” Clemons said. “Hoverlink’s hovercraft service will unite families to sporting events, theatre, concerts, adult gaming and one of the natural wonders of the world in 30 minutes. Hoverlink is changing the game, it is phenomenal.”


North America’s first-ever rapid transit hovercraft set to launch in the summer of 2023 will connect Toronto and the Niagara Region in 30 mins (CNW Group/Hoverlink Ontario Inc.)

Hoverlink Ontario says approvals are in place to land its hovercrafts at Ontario Place in Toronto and Port Weller in St. Catharines. A trip that usually takes up to three hours by car, Hoverlink Ontario says it’s operational year-round, open 365 days a year, with up to 48 lake crossings per day.

Chris Morgan, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hoverlink Ontario, says Hoverlink’s high-speed hovercrafts can travel across the land, ice and water in virtually “all-weather conditions and temperatures.”

“Toronto and Niagara Region are about to get a whole lot closer,” Morgan said.

“We cannot wait to finally provide a fast, reliable and sustainable transportation solution that connects tourists and commuters in only 30 minutes. There is already an incredible amount of interest in the project, and we look forward to speaking with more people in the weeks and months ahead.”

An environmentally conscious service, the hovercraft will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by removing thousands of vehicles from the QEW daily as the vessels “hover” on a cushion of air above the water.

Unlike traditional boats and ferries, Hovercraft Ontario says its vessel won’t cause wake and will not harm Lake Ontario shorelines.

The organization has worked with all levels of government and consulted with over 300 stakeholders to make its hovercraft travel plan a reality.

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