When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
More than 1000 islands blossom like flowers in the middle of the St. Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario.
The 1000 Islands is a sightseer’s paradise and a popular destination for those looking for an authentic outdoor vacation. You will quickly understand why.
THOUSAND ISLAND CRUISE
The 1000 Islands are scattered like jewels on the sparkling waters of the St. Lawrence, in a region so beautiful that the First Nations people called it "Garden of the Great Spirit". It is one of the top activities for a memorable Ontario road trip.
Take a guided boat tour through this scenic waterway and discover some of the most fascinating Thousand Islands attractions, including romantic castles and the shortest international bridge in the world on Zavikon Island. You are sure to get a chuckle out of "Mother-in-Law" Island ;-)
Daily departures from the beginning of May to the end of October.
THOUSAND ISLANDS PARKWAY
This picturesque stretch of road follows the St. Lawrence shoreline for 37 kilometres, offering many views of the river. It begins 3 kilometres east of Gananoque at Hwy 401 Interchange 648 and ends at Hwy 401 Interchange 685 south of
Fort Henry National Historic Site, a real British military fortress, offers an interesting tour that will immerse you in 19th century military life through performances, demonstrations and costumed interpreters. The Sunset Ceremony with the Fort Henry Guard is a stirring show featuring precision marching, rifle drill, military music, cannon firing, and a fireworks finale. The main season runs from mid-May to early September from 10 am to 4:30 pm. In October, the Fort is transformed into a terrifying world and offers a haunted tour.
Enter at your own risk, Thursday-Sunday from 7 p.m. and every evening during the last week of October. Not recommended for young children.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
HARPER'S BURGER BAR ($)
Harper's boasts the best hamburgers in town, made with local grade AAA beef raised using sustainable methods, on pasture. Build your own custom burger, or choose from the menu, which has something to suit every taste: cool & crunchy salads, salmon burgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, Yukon gold fries, poutine and more.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GAN BREWING COMPANY ($-$$)
A nice place to enjoy a craft beer brewed on site. Historic building, friendly staff, great service and good local beer. You can enjoy your beer on the patio. Brewery tours are also available.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closes later on Friday-Saturday).
GENEVA CRÊPE CAFÉ BISTRO ($$)
This unique French style Bistro specializes in French crepes, Belgian waffles, homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, always created using fresh local ingredients and seasonal produce. Be sure to try one of their hot chocolates made with real Belgian dark chocolate… a pure delight!
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (until midnight Friday and Saturday).
TANGO NUEVO ($$-$$$)
Tango Nuevo offers Old-World charm and a delectable selection of tapas. Prepared with locally grown, seasonal produce and locally produced meats & artisan cheeses, the menu is a blend of local flavours & international recipes. The restaurant is committed to supporting small local farmers and the community: the wine list even includes a carefully curated selection of the finest local and Canadian wines.
Open Tuesday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
WOODENHEADS GOURMET PIZZA ($$-$$$)
Wooden Heads Gourmet Pizza has an extensive menu of tapas, entrées, salads, focaccias and, of course, a vast selection of gourmet pizzas with tomato sauce, white sauce or pesto. There is also "Jack's Choice" for clients who want to create their own Wooden Heads style pizza. Great food and a lively atmosphere.
Open daily from 11:30 to 10 p.m.
SIMA SUSHI ($$$)
Sima Sushi prides itself on its quality ingredients, attentive service, comfortable atmosphere, fair value, and exciting dishes. The best sushi in town.
Open from Wednesday to Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
*** Hours may vary ***
Where to sleep ?
- Very Favourable