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On the Majestic St. Lawrence

Gananoque and the 1000 Islands is world-class destination with spectacular scenery, breathtaking water views and endless things to do – no matter what time of the year you visit. Featuring two world famous UNESCO designated sites including Frontenac Arch Biosphere and Rideau Heritage Route and amid the spectacular scenery of lush woodlands, rock and cobalt-blue water, the 1,864 islands that make up the 1000 Islands truly lives up to its reputation as a one of the most beautiful places on earth.

While you’re taking in one of this area’s attractions, which include; professional live theatre, a casino, helicopter rides, sky diving and amazing dining options, don’t forget to pause for a photo because it’s sure to be spectacular.

  • 3hrs from
    Toronto
  • 1.5hr from
    Ottawa
  • 2.5hrs from
    Montreal

Gananoque 1000 Islands at its Best

Winter Fun
Winter Fun
See the 1000 Islands, Helicopter Style
See the 1000 Islands, Helicopter Style
The Most Charming Theatre in Canada
The Most Charming Theatre in Canada
Breathtaking Views Only An Elevator Ride Away
Breathtaking Views Only An Elevator Ride Away
Nothing Compares to a Castle
Nothing Compares to a Castle

Discover Snow-Covered Gems

Snow and Ice turn the 1000 Islands into a true winter wonderland. If you are a cross country skiing or snow shoeing enthusiast, you’ll fall in love with this beautiful area. Most of the easier hiking trails make for great locations this winter activity.

Go ATVing and experience winter fun at its finest! This is an outdoor adventure that the whole family will love! Drive your own ATV or rent one at Vanridge ATV Tours and Trails. Hit the rugged Ontario trails and travel through the wilderness on a truly Canadian adventure.

See the 1000 Islands, Helicopter Style

Experience the beauty, romance and grandeau with a bird’s-eye view of the 1000 Islands! Lift off from 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours’ state of the art facility which offers a welcome lounge, outdoor viewing area, and plenty of parking for RVs and tour buses. See the unspoiled beauty of the St. Lawrence, marvel at the vastness of the Ivy Lee Bridge and view the richness of the 1000 Islands. Find romance, love and excitement with the breathtaking views of the most iconic landmarks in the Islands, Boldt and Singer Castles.

1000 Islands Helicopter Tours offer the most spectacular views with unique tours. This is the journey of a lifetime as you’ll be mesmerized by the richness and beauty of the 1000 Islands only seen from the air. Experience a private and intimate setting in the helicopter with personal narration of the region by the pilot. The magnificent sights are a perfect photographic opportunity, so cameras are a must for each flight. You can also take home the memories by purchasing your personalized high-definition videos of your tour that you will remember forever!

The sky’s the limit when planning your next trip. Start making it happen on our searchable trip planner, Explore Now.

The Most Charming Theatre in Canada

The Thousand Islands Playhouse has been called “the most charming theatre in Canada.” High praise for sure, but as soon as you lay eyes on its two heritage theatre venues set against the scenic 1000 Islands backdrop, you’ll find yourself agreeing. In fact, this is the most active theatre in Eastern Ontario and is one of the top five summer festivals in Ontario, recognized along with the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. The Gananoque playhouse began life in 1982 and operates out the Springer Theatre and the smaller Firehall Theatre – that sit side by side along the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

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The Springer Theatre is the Playhouse’s flagship building and was built in 1909 as the Gananoque Canoe Club. All of the theatre’s vintage, turn-of-the-century boathouse craftsmanship has been preserved. Inside, the auditorium seats 360 and features a grand arched stage. Before your show starts, or during intermission, you can walk the Springer Theatre’s long outer decks, feel the breeze coming off the water and take in a perfect panoramic view of the St. Lawrence and its 1000 Islands.

The Firehall Theatre is just slightly up the street, sits this historic building, built back in 1913 as the Gananoque Police Station and Firehouse. Here, theatre is a more intimate affair and this location hosts many community events and concerts.

The stage is set for your next vacation. Start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner – Explore Now.

The 1000 Islands Tower

This unique tourist attraction, is the only one of it’s kind in the 1000 Islands. From the top you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the 1000 Islands & St. Lawrence River.

During it’s open season (spring through fall), the elevator runs continuously and takes only 40 seconds to reach the first of three observation decks. Here, visitors have with a spectacular photographic opportunity as they enjoy the panoramic view of the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence River stretched out 130 metres or 400′ below. In addition, a tour guide is always available at the first level to explain the area and answer questions.

There are also other unique opportunities available at the 1000 Island Tower, like renting the space for a special occasion, watching fireworks or the Poker Run.

Get ready to see new heights and start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Explore Now.

Nothing Compares to a Castle

The 1000 Islands is home to two stunning and majestic castles that are both available to view.

Boldt Castle

Today, Boldt Castle, located in the famed 1000 Islands is being painstakingly restored and once again becoming what it was always meant to be, a magnificent attraction and premier estate. A visit to Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House will bring you back to a time past and enchant you with a tragic, timeless love story. Boldt Castle, is located on Heart Island, in the United States, and is only accessible by water. From Canada, visitors may find cruises to this grand estate on Gananoque Boat Line or Rockport Cruises.

In 1900, at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt construction began on Boldt Castle. This magnificent castle was to be a tribute to his beloved wife Louise and was designed as their summer dream home. However, it was not to be, Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island, leaving the property vacant for over seventy years.

The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA), who now owns and operates Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House, invites you to see the Castles’ legendary beauty nestled among the St. Lawrence Rivers’ 1000 Islands. This stunning manor will keep you returning year after year!

Singer Castle

The formidable Singer Castle can be found on Dark Island, in New York state. This is the only remaining/existing castle on the river to be completed, fully furnished and resided in during the heyday of the great builders and industrials on the St. Lawrence River. The Castle remained in the possession of the original owners, the Bourne family, from its construction in 1905 until the mid 1960’s. Frederick Bourne was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which is where the name “Singer Castle” came from. When the Bourne family summered there, it was called “The Towers” which comes from the inspiration that Ernest Flagg, the architect whom designed this structure.

Singer Castle, on Dark Island, is located in the St. Lawrence Seaway in the United States and is only accessible by water. From Canada, you may find cruises to this beautiful island on Gananoque Boat Line or Rockport Cruises.

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