Left: Trillium, main deck, before rehabilitation, 1974. City of Toronto Archives, Series 799, File 1, Item 25. Right: Trillium, promenade deck, before rehabilitation, 1974. City of Toronto Archives, Series 799, File 1, Item 59.
Among those who deplored its deterioration was local historian and writer Mike Filey. After noticing the Trillium’s state during an early-1970s visit to the Island, he discussed rehabilitating the ferry with Toronto Alderman Art Eggleton, who then spoke to Metro Parks Commissioner Tommy Thompson, who had advocated its restoration a decade earlier. Filey and Thompson were among the participants in meetings with municipal officials, historians, and heritage advocates to investigate restoring the ferry. When a feasibility study came back with positive conclusions, Metro Toronto Council approved $950,000 in funding to restore the Trillium in November 1973.