Frequently Asked Questions
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Will there be room for baggage or luggage on Hoverlink hovercraft?
Will I get seasick when riding on a hovercraft? Those Lake Ontario waves can be big!
Will you offer food and beverage service?
What about Wi-Fi and cell network coverage?
We are still working on the specific plans and services for Hoverlink brand-new terminal facilities in Toronto and St. Catharines. We will share more details closer to our launch date in summer 2023.
Are Hoverlink’s hovercraft and terminals wheelchair accessible?
Will you have outdoor deck areas on the hovercraft?
Can Hoverlink hovercraft transport my vehicle across Lake Ontario as well?
While the travel time from Port Weller to Ontario Place will take 30 minutes, won’t the transit time to and from these terminals make this a longer total trip?
What exactly IS a hovercraft?
Are your hovercraft safe?
What model hovercraft will Hoverlink be using?
Griffon Hoverwork is the world leader in hovercraft and specialized marine technology and has supplied governments and other organizations with over 180 hovercrafts to date in over 41 countries, including for rapid transit use.
Are hovercraft noisy?
Can Hoverlink hovercraft transport vehicles across Lake Ontario as well?
Where else in the world are hovercraft used for public transit?
Up until now, North American hovercraft use has been limited to the U.S. military, Royal Marines and both the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, who rely on similar crafts in harsh environments, such as in the High Arctic.
Are hovercraft more reliable than hydrofoils and ferry boats?
Weather conditions have virtually no impact on Hoverlink’s carefully designed hovercraft, which are specifically built to cross Lake Ontario. In fact, they travel even better on ice than water. They can operate in -60C+ plus wind chill and very high heat, including 40%-80% humidity, and they glide smoothly over waves since they sit on a pocket of air instead.
No matter what the weather brings, Hoverlink will run safely, comfortably, and reliably. Of course, in very severe and rare circumstances (i.e., hurricane force winds), we may need to suspend service for passenger safety. This type of extremely rare weather condition will also likely impact other mass ground transit systems as well as personal vehicles.
How much will it cost to ride Hoverlink?
We are also exploring the interconnectivity of Hoverlink to existing ground transit systems.
Specific ticket pricing and more details will be released in early 2023 prior to the scheduled launch of the service, and passengers can anticipate affordable transit rides.
Will you charge for parking at your terminals in St. Catharines and Toronto?
Do hovercrafts create greenhouse gas emissions?
With the capacity to serve over three million passengers a year between Toronto and the Niagara Region, Hoverlink has the potential remove thousands of vehicles from the congested QEW every day, freeing up busy roadways, and further benefiting the environment through reduced emissions.
In addition to transporting passengers, we are working with local transport and courier companies to explore the possibility of transporting some commercial parcels on our hovercrafts, potentially removing more delivery vehicles from the busy QEW highway.
Do hovercrafts harm marine life and water birds?
Hoverlink hovercrafts are also relatively quiet, so as not to impact sensitive marine life above and below the water’s surface. Hovercrafts are for many the preferred vehicle type to minimize impacts on marine or terrestrial environments. Hydrofoil craft and ferry boats that have been used in the past, left a long wake, eroding shorelines and protection efforts along Lake Ontario.
Why has no one launched a hovercraft system across Lake Ontario before now?
Haven’t other companies tried to provide ferry services on Lake Ontario? How is Hoverlink different?
We know it takes a very specific craft to handle the unique conditions on Lake Ontario – and to be able to do it reliably, quickly, safely and comfortably all year round – and only very recently have innovations in hovercraft technology made that a real option. Many who attempted it before used traditional boats like hydrofoils or ferry crafts, which meant passengers faced slow travel times and seasonal-only operations. Our hovercrafts are approved to cross Lake Ontario 12 months of the year.
Is Hoverlink a for-profit organization?
Over its decade of development, Hoverlink Ontario Inc. has focused on being a privately funded transportation service. Along the way, Hoverlink Ontario Inc.’s founder and advisors have had regular engagement across all levels of government as the system uses federal waterways, provincial ports and municipal facilities. As such, Hoverlink Ontario Inc. has received encouragement, guidance and approvals from various government departments, but its funding has been privately sourced to date.
How did you choose your terminal locations?
The Port Weller terminal is conveniently located in the heart of the Niagara Region. Port Weller offered Hoverlink a great location to build a brand-new terminal, as well as craft storage and maintenance buildings. It’s also a prime location for entry to Lake Ontario and to all that the Niagara Region has to offer. It is a short bike ride to local wineries, bike trails, and a 15-minute shuttle ride to Niagara Falls and other local attractions.
Who is your target market?
Each craft will be able to transport 21 tons of cargo as well, making it a fast and environmental solution for Parcel Delivery Services too.