The pristine water beckons in South Eastern Ontario! Immerse yourself in the full experience here and get out on one of our rivers or lakes. Local cruises reveal mystery, tales of treasure, and stunning beauty around every bend. Take the plunge and set sail to explore like never before!
See Kingston in a different light and view it from a new vantage point. Hop aboard The Island Queen; Island Belle or Island Star vessel to discover the city from the water. These boats are unique unto themselves – look for a 300-passenger paddle wheeler, a smaller boat with two decks, or get closer to nature and enjoy a translucent glass canopy.
Do the St. Lawrence River differently with 1000 Islands and Seaway Cruises – in a high-speed catamaran that gets the adrenaline pumping! A soft adventure experience of the 1,000 Islands sees visitors board the Wildcat, a 54-passenger cruise vessel that is able to cover a lot of distance with maximum excitement. Departing from Brockville, these tours feature a view of Boldt and Singer Castles, historic lighthouses, the Shortest International Bridge and much more. Traditional cruises are also available.
Rockport Cruises showcases the grandeur of island life and whispers of a fabled past. The most popular cruise, Palaces & Palisades of the 1000 Islands, features famous island sights such as Zavikon Island, Millionaire’s Row and Casablanca on Cherry Island, with seven different cruise options. Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise or take in a two-castle tour, which showcases Boldt Castle and Singer Castle.
Rumrunners, pirates and explorers beware: Gananoque Boat Line’s Lost Ships of 1,000 Islands cruise gives shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence River a voice, by displaying diver video footage coupled with compelling commentary, when the vessel glides over wrecks lying silently on the river bed. This two-and-a-half-hour cruise is a Canadian Signature Tourism Experience. Check out four options with Gananoque Boat Line, some of which take in romantically tragic Boldt Castle, as well as dinner and event cruises.
Be a part of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site tradition and cruise the calm waters with Rideau Tours to enjoy the locks, communities and lush greenery with wildlife around every bend. Departing from Chaffey’s Lock along the Rideau, Rideau Tours offers an accessible pontoon boat guided tour experience with Captain Luc that allows visitors the experience of being locked through the world famous locks on the Canal.
Prince Edward County is known for its beaches, but gliding over the crystal clean water is a relaxing way to experience it in a new way. Picton Boat Tours takes visitors into shallow coves and past waterfalls to witness nature and history from a different perspective. This covered pontoon boat holds six passengers and whisks visitors and residents on one-and-a-half tours to see the shoreline from a different perspective. Feed your adventurous side and set sail with Stay and Sail over the well-protected waters of South Bay, while hearing rich history of the area from experienced crew members – including intriguing stories of the Marysburgh Vortex and Main Duck Island. Personalize your tour and choose to go sailing (skippered), anchor and dive into the water for a swim or even enjoy refreshments on deck.
Marvel at the Trent-Severn Waterway while traversing it on a Quinte Cruise! As one of Canada’s National Historic Sites this is a 386-km stretch of locks, rivers and even lakes. The Kawartha Voyageur has been likened to a county inn on the water and its Quinte Cruises offers lounging areas, plenty of outside time on the deck and even overnight accommodation. The Kawartha Voyageur also traverses the Rideau Canal on many scheduled excursions throughout the boating season.
Located along the north shore of the St Lawrence River, the South Eastern Ontario region spans from Cornwall and The 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.