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Thrill seeking in the 1000 Islands

Thrill Seekers

Because relaxing vacations aren’t for everyone.


the number of helicopter tours to choose from

130 m

the height of the 1000 Islands Tower


the actual number of islands in the “1000 Islands” to explore in a kayak


If you’re an adrenaline junkie, the 1000 Islands is ready to get you out of your comfort zone and then some. Take your turn trekking through treetops. Or diving below the choppy waters of the St. Lawrence River, where hundreds of ships met their fate much too early.

However you dare to explore, there are plenty of (safe!) ways you can push the envelope and go back home with some good stories to tell.


Take your 1000 Islands experience to new heights – literally. Trek through treetops, board a helicopter, or see the majestic St. Lawrence River stretch out below you from the deck of an observation tower.

We assure you: there are plenty of ways to go all in on adventure. And fill your Instagram feed with amazing pics.

The 1000 Islands is home to more than 1,800 shipwrecks, just waiting to be explored.

Discover wooden sidewheel steamers, steel drill barges, ancient schooners and more. Trust us: it’s been coined as the “Caribbean of the North” for a reason.

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. Discover the area on your own. Or you can take advantage of guided tours. 

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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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