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Located only 3 hours east of Toronto and 2 hours south of Ottawa, Gananoque and the 1000 Islands region is the perfect island escape without ever having to step foot on a plane!
Home to 1,864 Islands scattered along the mighty St. Lawrence River that give the area its namesake and with so many ways to experience them, this destination makes for an ideal weekend getaway. With a variety of accommodation types and over 850 rooms available, there is sure to be something to fit every budget and adventure type!
A Boating Paradise
Start your adventure with a kayaking tour of the 1000 Islands, getting an up-close and personal look at the islands on one of their half-day or full-day guided tours. With all the equipment provided, this adventure is perfect for all experience levels.
If a casual cruise is more to your liking, take in the sights with Rockport Boat Line or City Cruises Gananoque by Hornblower. Sit back and relax as you weave between islands and go past iconic landmarks of the area such as the Thousand Islands International Bridge and Boldt Castle.
Experience all that the 1000 Islands has to offer, first class! Get a breathtaking aerial view of the Islands onboard a 1000 Islands Helicopter tour. With five different tour options to choose from, ranging from 10 minutes to a full hour in the helicopter, this intimate tour experience is one you won’t want to miss!
Explore the Great Outdoors
Feet on the ground more your speed? Take in the best in Canadian live theatre on the shores of the St. Lawrence River at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. With their repertoire of comedies, musicals and cutting-edge theatre, a stop at the Playhouse makes for a fabulous evening activity while in the area.
Experience a plethora of outdoor activities, including hiking trails, 40km of paved cycling trail, horseback riding tours, indulge in some amazing local restaurants or sip on local beer and cider at the Gananoque Brewing Company and BUSL Cider.
End your adventure by settling down in front of a majestic sunset from one of the many shorelines in the area. Like watercolors in a gallery, each sensational sunset is a masterpiece, showcasing an arrangement from Mother Nature’s palette. Return home with a lifetime full of memories, and anticipation for your next trip to the 1000 Islands.
Ready for your island escape? Plan your trip today at 1000islandstourism.com
Views aren’t the only reason people flock to the islands, this is truly an outdoor paradise for those how like to fish, hike, sail, scuba dive or cycle.