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The 1000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River is a little piece of paradise. The fresh water and scenic views are coupled with more history and culture than you can shake a paddle at! Exploring the river in a canoe or kayak is one of the best ways to explore this incredible, natural region.
Get up close and personal with the islands as you paddle along the shoreline. A leisurely guided tour by 1000 Islands Kayaking allows visitors to connect with wildlife, and share a unique experience, complimented by a delicious island gourmet lunch. The half-day or full-day trips are beginner-friendly and guided by certified, passionate paddlers who are truly excited to share intimate stories of the 1000 Islands.
For those travellers who prefer to go it alone, there are rental packages that will fully outfit you for an enjoyable experience on the water. Everything from the coast guard required equipment, detailed maps, recommended routes, emergency contact information, national park beaching permits and high end touring kayaks are included and waiting for you at the launch site.
Kayaking tips for a perfect island day
1. July and August are the most popular months for visitors to come and cruise the waters. June and September are quieter with less boat traffic.
2. Pack a picnic there are many shaded areas with picnic shelters to enjoy a break.
3. Make a day of it and go hiking to explore the scenery from land as well as the water.
4. Groups of islands have ideal conditions for paddling: protection from wind and lower speed limits for other boats. Here are some access points.
You can follow the Thousand Islands Water Trail, featuring these nine interconnected routes:
Lake Fleet Islands
However you choose to paddle, the islands offer a first rate kayaking experience for both novice and experienced paddlers. It’s a scenic treat that will have you coming back time and time again.