Eastern Ontario's country roads are ideal for days of exploration. Attractions between Merrickville and the St. Lawrence include Charleston Lake Provincial Park, with its lake-speckled landscape and excellent trail system, and Athens, the town made famous by its murals.
All roads lead to Gananoque, the picturesque village at the heart of the 1000 Islands. There are many ways to enjoy the scenic splendour of the 1000 islands: boat cruises, kayak tours, sightseeing air flights, and pleasure drives, to name just a few. Add seasonal art gallery tours, the Thousand Island Playhouse and the Festival of the Islands, and a holiday is ready-made.
Kingston, the first capital of Upper Canada, has a winning combination of historic architecture, waterfront trails, extensive boutique shopping, many museums and live theatre. Cycling and golf are popular pastimes between Kingston and Gananoque. Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River offer some of the best fresh water sailing in the world and submerged wrecks are popular with scuba divers. During summer, day cruises and romantic dinner cruises sail from Kingston harbour daily.
While touring the 1000 Islands, enjoy the hospitality of
Upper Canada Village
Glimpse 19th century Ontario at this recreated 19-century village. Artisans, shopkeepers and farmers re-enact colourful characters from the past. On-site historic dining, shopping and horse-drawn wagon or tow scow rides.
Thousand Islands Playhouse
For 20 years the beloved Playhouse has presented outstanding summer theatre in a very picturesque setting, Gananoque’s refurbished canoe club. Nowhere else can you enjoy wonderful entertainmentand during intermission have a drink on a riverside balcony with the twinkling stars overhead.
The Art Colony of the 1000 Islands
The natural beauty of the islands has long inspired an active visual arts community. Seasonal tours of studios, galleries and gardens.
Thousand Island Charity Casino
Try your luck at one of Ontario’s newest casinos. Live entertainment.
Gananoque Boat Line
Triple-deck tour boat with 1-and 3-hour tours of the 1000 Islands, including stops at Boldt Castle. May-October.
Agnes Etherington Art Museum
The strength of the gallery is the diversity of the collections: historical and contemporary Canadian work as well as European Old Masters.
Bare boat and skippered sailboat rentals, bike, canoe and kayak rentals. Enjoy Kingston and the Islands to the full!
Queen’s historic campus houses several museums, including those devoted to geology and art.
Old Fort Henry
Both a museum and an historic site, the fort is one of Canada premier historic venues. Guided tours, scenic views, military and musical displays.