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The 1000 Islands is an aquatic playground for all types of adventurers.


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the depth of the St. Lawrence River at its deepest point


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Sure, there are more than 1,000 islands. But we also have tons of lakes, rivers and waterways that deserve their time in the spotlight, too.

Try your hand at some of the best freshwater fishing in the world, or sail into the sunset as you take in the stunning homes and cottages of millionaires.


See for yourself why so many visitors to the 1000 Islands say this is one of the best ways to explore the St. Lawrence River. Investigate the area on your own or take advantage of guided tours.

A variety of sightseeing cruises guarantee you’re in store for million-dollar views that feature natural landmarks, historical homes, and even real-life castles. Get your camera ready!

The clear waters of the St. Lawrence River make for some of the best freshwater swimming in the world. With plenty of shady, sandy beaches, you can dive in and enjoy the clear waters that make swimming here a must.

The St. Lawrence River is famous for being home to small and largemouth bass, northern pike, perch and walleye, and more. Fun fact: In 2019, Bassmaster Magazine named the St. Lawrence River the top bass fishing destination in the nation. Is this still the case? Go see for yourself.

Gananoque’s magnificent waterfront is a playground for outstanding recreational boating, including canoeing, kayaking, and a delightful array of water sports. The 1000 Islands are a natural place of wonder to explore on the water through motor boating, house boating, paddle boating or sailing, with breathtaking vistas and captivating wildlife close enough to touch.

The 1000 Islands have been coined as the “Caribbean of the North.” If you’re a diver, you’ll love how some parts of the islands afford you up to 100 feet of visibility.

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“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.”

“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.”


« Cette région a quelque chose pour tout le monde. Il y a d’excellentes possibilités de baignade et de navigation de plaisance, de bonnes randonnées pédestres et des pistes cyclables, des routes panoramiques à proximité et des tonnes de beaux endroits où passer du temps sur l’eau. »

“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.”

Michael A.

“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!”


“There is no place like the 1000 Islands.We travel a lot and we are always trying to find a better place for the view but we have never been able to find it.”


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