There’s nothing quite like stretching out under the stars or making memories with family and friends around the burning embers of a camp fire. Regardless of your camping style there is sure to be a campsite that fits your needs in the 1000 Islands.
Camping is a favourite summertime activity, and the 1000 Islands has lots of sites to accommodate every adventurer. If you’re a glamping type there are lots of trailer and RV friendly sites with fun activities available for the whole family, as well as oTENTik rentals (provided by Parks Canada) for those looking for a more tent like experience but with more of the comforts of a cabin. For those looking to pitch a tent, there are sites available in shaded wooded areas, along the shoreline of the mighty St. Lawrence River and beside lakes in the area to get a scenic view throughout your visit. And for those who are adventurous and have access to watercraft, you can even go camping on some of the Parks Canada maintained islands and get the full 1000 Islands experience! Whatever your adventure type, the 1000 Islands is sure to be a camping experience to remember!
Located midway between Gananoque and the 1000 Islands International Bridge on the Thousand Islands Parkway you will find the 1000 Islands Camping Resort (just look for the giant rubber ducky!). Relax in one of over 170 pet-friendly campsites that are able to accommodate tent camping, motor homes and trailers. The resort also features a variety of recreational activities for the whole family and even has an outdoor pool on-site to help you cool off on hot summer days!
For more information visit www.1000islandscampingresort.com
For the ultimate in glamping experiences be sure to visit the Ivy Lea KOA. This campground is open to RV, trailer and tents and features a wide variety of amenities including Wi-Fi, a hot tub/sauna, pool, dog park and bike rentals. Family and pet-friendly, the Ivy Lea KOA is conveniently located along the Thousand Islands Parkway, approximately only a 10 minute drive from beautiful Gananoque so you can explore all the region has to offer!
For more information visit www.koa.com
The Mallorytown KOA is another experience in ultimate pampering while camping! Similar to it’s sister site in Ivy Lea, the Mallorytown KOA features a long list of amenities for all campers to enjoy while visiting, and even has a deluxe cabin available for rent for those are just looking to get away with no hassle. The site also features a heated a pool, Wi-Fi and a restaurant to catch some breakfast and pizza!
For more information, visit www.koa.com
Located in a more secluded area, approximately a 30 minute drive outside Gananoque, you will find Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Snuggled in along the shores of Charleston Lake, the park offers a variety of camping options for tents, RVs, trailers, cabin/yurt rentals and even has group sites available to accommodate up to 40 people. Each site has access to treated drinking water, comfort stations with flush toilets, shower and laundry facilities; there is also a number of hiking trails to explore during your visit and day-use beach areas to take a dip in beautiful Charleston Lake.
For more information, visit www.ontarioparks.com
Conveniently located along the Thousand Islands Parkway and a short drive from the 401 corridor, the Ivy Lea Campground is nestled at the foot of the Thousand Islands International Bridge. Offering a total of 146 campsites (and 4 cabin rentals), the campground features 27 premium waterfront campsites with sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands, as well as 41 recreational vehicle sites. Amenities at the site include washrooms, showers, a laundromat and retail store, plus more!
For more information, visit www.stlawrenceparks.com
Located along the Thousand Islands Parkway in Mallorytown you will find the Parks Canada Thousand Islands National Park at Mallorytown Landing. While the location features a wide variety of hiking trails and day-use activities showcasing the ecology and biodiversity of the area, there is also the opportunity for avid explorers to rent an oTENTik for the night. You may be thinking what is an oTENTik? It’s a cross between a rustic cabin and a tent, featuring sleeping for up to 6 people, solar powered lighting, fire pit and a deck. Campers have access to clean drinking water, washrooms and firewood at the Mallorytown Landing centre.
For more information, visit www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca
For those seeking the full 1000 Islands camping experience Parks Canada has sites available on 8 different islands scattered along the Canadian cropping of islands in the region. The campsites are only accessible by water, so campers who don’t own or have access to a watercraft must be prepared to arrange their own transportation to the island – whether it means renting some kayaks, camping overnight on a tour with 1000 Islands Kayaking, or renting a boat from one of the many marinas. The amenities available vary depending on the island, so be sure to check out which site suits your needs in advance!
For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca
Regardless of your camping style, from cabin rental, to RV to tent options – the Pinecrest Resort can accommodate you! The resort has a variety of waterfront accommodations and sites to give you stunning views of the St. Lawrence River with beach access to the water, and is located only a short drive from the heart of Gananoque so you’re close to some of the best attractions and restaurants in the area.
For more information, visit www.pinecrestresort.ca