“This area is one of the signature tourism spots in Eastern Ontario and in Canada. The natural beauty is astounding with rock outcrops and the beauty of the thousands of islands.”
The 1000 Islands lets you get back to basics so you can savour the simple life.
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Collect freshly-laid eggs. Pet a baby goat. Wander among open pastures. Here, agri-tourism will have you savouring the simple life.
While the farm features a small produce garden, elderberry crops, chickens and turkeys, the main event is their herd of donkeys that you can have a meet and greet with.
Get the chance to interact with their donkeys – brush them, pet them, get a donkey hug and even take selfies with them (for which they love to strike a pose!) – all while learning all about what it takes to raise and care for donkeys. The farm also sells some preserved goods and sensitive skin care products made with donkey milk.
936 Sheffield Lane, Lyndhurst
In the fall, this is the place to be for freshly-picked pumpkins and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.
Visitors are welcome to wander into the patch to find their own perfect pumpkin for decoration on Thanksgiving, carving it up for Halloween or to use in baking.
The patch itself also offers the perfect photo op for a cute autumn picture of the family!
460 Cliffe Road, Lansdowne
(613) 572-4924 or (613) 888-3190
For those interested in touring the 1000 Islands region in a less conventional style, the stable offers public guided trail rides for all levels and experience of riders.
These small groups are private and by appointment only, but allow you the chance to saddle up and see the rugged, rural landscape of the Frontenac Arch from a new perspective.
721 Country Rd 2, Lansdowne
The Gananoque Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday in the summer months to showcase vendors and producers from around the area.
The market gets you access to fresh produce, handmade preserves and baked goods, floral arrangements and fresh baked breads. It’s sure to get your mouth watering!
30 King Street East, Gananoque
The farm produces a variety of alpaca wool yarns and visitors are welcome to come and visit with the herd, match the yarns to the animals they come from and have the opportunity to feed and take a photo with them, all at no charge!
The farm is wheelchair accessible, and they are able to accommodate different groups and needs. They also have a collection of yarns, hand knit mittens, Ecuadorian handwoven scarves and blankets – all made with alpaca wool – available for purchase in person and online (www.thepacashack.com)!
239 back Street, Seeley’s Bay
The perfect spot to find all your favourite varieties in a pick-your-own format.
This apple orchard features a variety of pre-picked or self-picked apples and fresh apple cider. The perfect activity on a crisp, autumn day!
3357 ON-15, Elgin
An educational farm experience where you can interact with their different animals – from alpacas, to pigs, to mini ponies and sheep. You are given the opportunity to get up close and learn about each animal. The whole experience ranges from 60 to 90 minutes and gives you an up-close look at what it takes to care for each animal and their unique personalities.
860 2, Lansdowne
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“This is the most beautiful place on earth. This is where heaven meets earth. You can visit is a hundred different ways and enjoy it just the same. Come by water, air or land. Enjoy a day paddling, swimming or fishing.”
“We didn’t really know what to expect, but our family was enchanted by the town, the scenery, and the region. We had planned a quick overnight stay, but ended up staying two nights and could have stayed longer.”
“What a beautiful part of Ontario. We drove along the Ivy Lea Parkway, stopped and had a picnic lunch, took a boat cruise out of Gananoque, and strolled along the waterfront in Gananoque.”
“This area has something for everyone. Excellent swimming and boating, good hiking and cycling trails, scenic drives are nearby and tons of beautiful places to spend time on the water.”
“I could go back over and over again and still be amazed by this beautiful scenery. Not only can you go there to relax but there is so much to do such as kayaking, biking, walking, discovering, etc. It is a must!”
Family Friendly, Farm Experiences, On the Water, Outdoor Activities, Thrill Seekers