1000 Islands

Welcome to Gananoque and the 1000 Islands – the charming small town on the mighty
St. Lawrence River and the Canadian Gateway to the Thousand Islands region.

Gananoque is located conveniently along the 401-corridor between Toronto and Montreal, making it the perfect addition to any trip through the Province of Ontario.

The 1000 Islands region consists of 1,864 islands that span a 50-mile radius along the St. Lawrence River that run from Kingston to Gananoque and as far as Brockville.

To see these islands dotting the St. Lawrence River is a sight to behold whether you’re viewing it on the water in a boat, above in a helicopter ride or from the shoreline. One of the best places to experience all the 1000 Islands region has to offer is Gananoque; the centre of overlapping natural boundaries and the perfect launching point to see all the area has to offer.

Visiting the region also gets you access to two UNESCO designated sites: the Frontenac Arch Biosphere and the Rideau Heritage Route. Each is steeped in history and natural characteristics that make each of these sister sites unique and identifiable.

Gain a true appreciation for the natural diversity spanning the St. Lawrence River region through a bird’s eye view. Soar through the skies and see iconic views like Boldt Castle on Heart Island on board with 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours. The tours focus on
personalizing the island excursion while catering to clients and offering unforgettable views. Flying not your style? Hop over to Hill Island to visit the 1000 Islands Tower.

Standing 130 metres above the St. Lawrence River, the tower offers 360-degree views from their three observation decks and provides the perfect photographic opportunity. When you’re here, make sure to take in the arts and culture scene of the area and check out a few of the many museums or galleries to get a sense for the local art and a rundown on the history of the region. Along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, you’ll find the 1000 Islands History Museum; home to the region’s lively history.

The 1000 Islands region effortlessly combines entertainment with culture. Enter stage left: the Thousand Islands Playhouse, Canada’s dockside theatre. Located in the 1000 Islands Gananoque, this theatre brings the scenic region to life with sweeping views on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

When in the area be sure to experience the tale of two nations and the two elaborate castles to explore, each with their own fascinating history and intricate designs. Boldt Castle on Heart Islands is a world-renowned landmark and treasure of the 1000 Islands region. The easiest option to visit these castles is to take one of the tours offered by one of the local boat cruise companies, and there are lots of great options for this. You won’t want to miss out on these must-see attractions when visiting the beautiful 1000 Islands.

Immerse yourself in the small-town charm of the region and indulge yourself in the local treats and treasures that are just waiting to be discovered in Gananoque and the 1000 Islands.

Eat & Drink

Craft Brewery

Craft Brewery & Woodfired Pizzas

Handcrafted Cider

Breakfast, Lunch, Mexican-fusion, Espresso Bar, Vegetarian Options, Casual Dining

Italian, Fine Dining

Woodfired Pizzas, Vegetarian Options, Weather dependent/Seasonal, Casual Dining

Fine Dining, Seasonal

Ice Cream, Gelato, Sweet Treats

Vegetarian/vegan options, Gelato, Coffee/Espresso bar, Licensed patio, Casual Dining

Pub fare, Casual Dining

Places To Shop

New/Used Books, Vinyl Records

Clothing Store

Specialty Grocer, deli

Curated vintage clothing and home goods

General Store

General Store, Clothing, Home Goods

Local food & produce grocer

Wellness, Eco Shop, Refillery

Local food & produce grocer

Wellness, Eco Shop, Refillery

Chocolatier, Treats