The 1000 Islands region Gananoque is a sight to behold in fall – the lush greenery of the islands turns into a blaze of vibrant colour and provides a stunning backdrop for fall activities and making memories with friends and family. Read our guide for the top five experiences to get the most out of fall in Gananoque!
Embark on a fall foliage cruise
Get out among the legends themselves on a cruise this fall – and explore the islands! Create traditions with Gananoque Boat Line – on the enchanting fall colours cruise! See the golden hues of the 1,000 Islands around Gananoque on the boat line’s signature 2.5-hour cruise – all while enjoying a home-style meal. Explore shipwrecks lying on the river floor, view historical footage of the Thousand Islands Bridge dedication, discover islands once connected with the Underground Railroad, revel in stories of real-life pirates and be awe-struck by islands of the rich and famous. The Gananoque Boat Line even offers
Go on a guided kayak tour
Enjoy the crisp calm of the St. Lawrence near Gananoque at this time of year and glide through the water with a 1000 Islands Kayaking guide or on your own. Paddle at your own pace to discover the inlets and island life surrounded by nature. Guides can offer cultural significance along the way, and even prepare an island gourmet lunch! Share an intimate guided tour of the islands by kayak to explore up close and personal. Open seven days a week until mid-October and then weekends only until November.
See a show at the Thousand Islands Playhouse
Be inspired to create your story by watching others unfold around you. The Thousand Islands Playhouse is known as Canada’s Dockside Theatre and has been presenting live entertainment in the heart of the 1000 Islands for more than 35 years. Its Springer Theatre features two decks that have a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River. This renovated heritage venue, built in 1909, was originally the Gananoque Canoe Club, and retains the vintage cottage-style craftsmanship. Patrons can arrive to a show by water and dock right in front of the theatre! Be sure to see the Playhouse’s final show of the season, Shirley Valentine: A comedy about finding yourself.
Get a bird’s eye view of fall foliage
Soar high above the 1000 Islands for a unique perspective this fall. With 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours, visitors take to the sky to revel in the grandeur of opulent cottages, Boldt Castle, the Thousand Islands Bridge, the changing seasons and more while gaining a rare understanding of how the islands are situated in the majestic St. Lawrence River. The intimate experience with a personal narration of the region by the pilot combined with the perfect photo opportunity for fall pics to make this an unforgettable fall experience in Gananoque! The sky’s the limit.
See another side of fall
The 1000 Islands around Gananoque are nature’s eye candy. The green islands and blue waves provide a feast for the eyes – and balm for the soul. Whether the perspective is on land through hiking to a local look-out, on water through paddling, atop the 1000 Islands Tower for fall viewing, or while skydiving with the St. Lawrence River fanning out majestically below, all views have one thing in common: they show the exceptional nature of the 1,000 Islands.
Located along the north shore of the St Lawrence River, the South Eastern Ontario region spans from Cornwall and SDG Counties to Ontario’s burgeoning wine and craft beer country known as Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte. Along the shores of these waterways, you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights. No matter how you choose to experience it, South Eastern Ontario offers some of the best places to visit in Ontario.