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On the Majestic St. Lawrence

No matter the season, Gananoque and the 1000 Islands is an outdoor paradise, fisherman’s playground, hiker’s haven and a cyclist’s waterfront adventure and it’s easy to see why it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth. 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 world-class waterfront destination.

Here, you’ll also find a variety of fun attractions including; professional live theatre, a casino and amazing dining options. And, if jumping out of a plane is on your bucket list; you can do that too.

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

Gananoque at its Best

Take to the Sky
Take to the Sky
1000 Reasons to Get Outside
1000 Reasons to Get Outside
Rock On Winter!
Rock On Winter!
Skating on a Legacy
Skating on a Legacy
Go ATVing
Go ATVing

Take to the Sky

Leave the cold behind and soar above the islands this winter. 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours offers a unique perspective on winter: get a rare view of the 1000 Islands and Gananoque as the quiet calm of the St. Lawrence River at this time of year exudes peacefulness. See the landmarks such as the Thousand Islands Bridge, Boldt Castle and more shrouded in a blanket of shimmering snow. 1000 Helicopter Tours even offers an authentic Canadian experience with a twist – ice fishing by helicopter! Fly high above the treetops and make winter memories to last a lifetime.

1000 Reasons to Get Outside

Looking for a unique snowmobiling ride? Look no further than the stunning 1000 Islands Parkway between Gananoque and Brockville. See the islands by being in the midst of their wintery beauty and fascinating history. The 37-km winter pathway follows the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River but also takes visitors into picturesque hamlet along the way such as Rockport. Witness the islands in winter and have fun riding!

Rock On Winter!

A true Canadian pastime, curling rocks in Gananoque. The local club is always welcoming and plans a full schedule of community and competitive events throughout the winter, including being the host site of the Provincial Elementary School Curling Championships! The Gananoque and District Curling Club also hosts a free event on Family Day in February, which allows instruction and play for youth at no cost. There are numerous creative bonspiels and events throughout the season – ladies chocoholic bonspiel, anyone? – and be sure to stay with tradition and meet with your teammates in the club lounge afterwards for a beverage. Step onto the ice, throw a stone and have fun in Gananoque!

Skating on a Legacy

Skate on Parliament Hill’s Canada 150 outdoor ice rink at its new home in Gananoque! The town in the 1000 Islands is receiving the rink package from the Ottawa International Hockey Festival including glass, boards, benches, nets and even the scoreboard. Plans are in place to locate it adjacent to the current arena on the east end of town. Stay tuned on when it will open – you could be one of the first people this winter to skate on the rink!

Go ATVing

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.

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