1000 Islands swimming is completely different from anywhere else in the world. Our pristine clear waters are clean and exceptionally clear. The beaches can range from all granite rock formations that are incredibly therapeutic to relax upon or explore, to beautiful sandy beaches with emerald green waters. There are many different places to swim in the 1000 Islands, but are only accessible by boat. Be sure to have your swimsuit, as a dip in the St. Lawrence River is a must.
In Gananoque, enjoy an afternoon in our beautiful Joel Stone Park on the shores of the St. Lawrence River with deep water swimming dock and sand beach. Take a swim, or just relax and float while you take in the beauty of the river and islands all around you. Joel Stone Park is located to the east of the Municipal Marina and visitors can also enjoy watching the boats meander by as they enter and leave the harbour.
To the west of the Gananoque Marina is Rotary Beach, a small beach area that can be accessed by Bay Road. Not just for swimming, as this a great spot for visitors to launch kayaks and parking is readily available. Scroll down to discover more amazing places to take a dip while in the area!
Brown’s Bay is a popular spot to enjoy the best that summer has to offer. This sloping, sand beach gets you access to the St. Lawrence River and you can even spot Singer Castle out in the River from the park! The park itself has amenities such as picnic tables, washrooms, a large parking area and play structures to keep everyone busy and entertained.
For more information, visit www.stlawrenceparks.com
Owned and maintained by Ontario Parks, Charleston Lake Provincial Park has a gently sloping, sandy day-use beach available to the public on beautiful Charleston Lake. Access to the beach will require a day-use permit, which can be purchased at the camp office upon entry to the park. There are picnic tables available located above the beach area, with camp BBQs available for use as well. There is no lifeguard on duty at the beach and animals are not permitted in the beach area.
For more information, visit www.ontarioparks.com
The Foley Mountain Conservation Area has a great beach area that gets you access to the Upper Rideau Lake, featuring a beautiful nature swimming area and has picnic tables available for visitors to use. The conservation area also has multiple trails to explore, a scenic lookout point and an interpretive center. Access to the conservation area requires the purchase of a day pass.
For more information, visit www.rvca.ca
Located just outside of Gananoque on the Thousand Islands Parkway, you will find Gray’s Beach. The beach is on the St. Lawrence River and a small, sandy beach perfect for a dip in the river. There is a strict “carry in, carry out” policy for waste with some picnic tables available for use and a small parking lot.
Across from the Landon Bay trail system (part of the Thousand Islands National Park), you will find a gravel turnaround area and a small path cutting through the brush that gives you access to the St. Lawrence River. Halstead’s Bay is not your conventional beach as it features large, sloping granite stones into the river, which has a sandy bottom after you wade out into the water. There is ample of parking available and the area has a strict “carry in, carry out” policy for waste.
Found out in Lyndhurst, Ontario, Kendrick’s Park is a perfect place to spend the day with the family. The park features a shallow, sand beach perfect for kids, play structures, washrooms, garbage cans, a canteen and pavilions that can be rented out for larger gatherings. There is a large parking area and a small fee to be paid for visitors from outside of the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.
For more information, visit www.leeds1000islands.ca