The Thousand Islands is an outdoor enthusiasts delight with ample opportunities for sightseeing and recreation. This 1800 island archipelago makes for one of Ontario’s finest outdoor and recreational areas beyond Muskoka and the Southern Georgian Bay. Situated along the border between New York State and Ontario, the waters of this historic passage have hosted vacationers for well over a century, and event pirates before that. Visiting the Thousand Islands should have a prominent spot on your Ontario bucket list, so we’ve put together a brief guide on how to spend time in this historic outdoor oasis.



Gananoque Brewing Company


This micro-brewery located in a 19th-century building comes with a lot of character and unique creations sure to win the hearts of weary travelers. You can get attend a tour of the brewery every day at 1,3,5 and 7 pm to see how some of the only local beers to this region came to be. If you’re looking for something truly unique, this is the place for you as they brew beers in small batches and use fine natural ingredients.



Brockville Railway Tunnel


Located in Brockville, Ontario is Canada’s first railway tunnel built all the way back between 1854 and 1860. This tunnel, extending ½ of a kilometer under the city of Brockville was opened up for pedestrian traffic in August of 2017. Renovations included masonry work, smooth concrete walkways, a sound system and dazzling multi-coloured lighting that highlights mineral deposits found below.



Thousand Islands Playhouse


Originally built as the Gananoque Canoe Club, the Thousand Islands Playhouse began production in 1982 and have continued to unite the small waterfront community with large-scale plays and musicals in a 360-seat proscenium theatre. With two theatres currently operating, the Springer theatre sits on the St. Lawrence river while the Firehall theatre sits just down the street from the Springer Theatre. 



Take a boat tour


Taking a boat tour is one of the best ways to see the sheer vastness and beauty that The Thousand Islands region has to offer. Gananoque Boat Line Cruises offers affordable rates, along with many different varieties of tours that you will give you a different experience every tour. The Thousand Islands truly has it all, and you will be able to witness famous landmarks, castles, lost ships, and the wildlife present in the St. Lawrence River.



Take to the Skies


Of course, there’s only so much you can see land and water. Those who really want to witness the beauty of the Thousand Islands will want to take to the skies and go on a helicopter tour of the region. By selecting a helicopter tour with 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours, you can select tours of 10 minutes to one hour and see the beauty of the historic castles, or gaze at a bird’s eye view of the city of Kingston.



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