Local Area Attractions
Contained here you will find lots of different area attractions and things to do while visiting our area. Though we are small is size and population, you will be amazed at the local offerings.
1000 Islands Boat Tours
ou will be amazed at the local beauty of the St Lawrence River. Whether you go for an hour or three you will just get a small idea of how beautiful it really is. See multi-million dollar homes and ones so small they are more like sheds. Look over the edge and you might see the International Border. Check out "http://www.rockportcruises.com/" , Rockport Boat , or Gananoque Boat Line. www.gananoqueboatline.com Some you can walk to from our campground. If you want to see ,http://www.singercastle.com, Singer Castle http:// www.boldtcastle.com Boldt Castle, these are the tours to take. There are two tours within walking distance or a short bike ride plus two more within a 10 minute drive. These Cruise operators offer tours of Boldt and Singer Castle, Millionaires Row and Zavikon Island that has the shortest International Bridge in the world. If you come to the 1000 Islands make sure you see the Islands! WE HAVE DISCOUNT COUPONS AVAILABLE. Traveling to either Castle will require a valid Passport by USA Border Services for all persons Rockport Cruises 23 Front Street, Rockport, ON
www.rockportcruises.comRockport is located in the `Heart of the 1000 islands`on the St. Lawrence River. We offer waterfront dining and scenic cruises. From the moment you step aboard, the picture perfect setting will fill your mind and you will be captured by an essence of excitement..1-hour Heart of The Islands Cruise
3.5-hour Boldt Castle Tour
Two Castle Tour
2-hour Palaces & Palisades Cruise
2-hour St.Lawrence Lunch Cruise
3-hour Sunset Cruise
3-hour Sunset Dinner Cruise Gananoque Boat Line6 Water St, Gananoque, ON www.ganboatline.com All Aboard Gananoque Boat Line operates five triple-decker, all-aluminum vessels. Facilities on board include: rest rooms on each deck, coffee shop and refreshments. There are five open decks and two fully enclosed decks. The Gananoque Boat Line fleet is inspected and certified by Transport Canada - one of the highest standards in the world!2 Locations
* 1-hour, 2.5-hour, and Boldt Castle Stopover tours.
* You start and finish your tour in the Heart of the 1000 Islands at either Gananoque or the 1000 Islands Bridge location in Ivy Lea (one hour tour only).Day Cruises
Gananoque Boat Line is the largest and oldest cruise company in the 1000 Islands. Having five vessels ranging in size from 350 to 500 passengers, enables us to offer a cruise for any interest and any schedule!1-hour Beauty of the Islands Cruise
1-hour Ivy Lea Cruise
2.5-hour Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise
5-Hour Boldt Castle Stopover CruiseGananoque is located just 20 minutes east of Kingston, Ontario; in the beautiful 1000 Islands.
Get a bird's eye view of the 1000 Islands. The Sky Deck is only minutes away from the campground and right beside a factory outlet. An elevator makes it easy. Don't forget your camera. Click here for more information.The 1000 Islands Tower will be open for the season on Saturday, April 19th 2014!
The opening hours for April are
Monday to Friday + Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm
We welcome you to the heart of the 1000 Islands.Enjoy the breathtaking view from the 1000 Islands Tower, see the 1000 Islands & St. Lawrence River.
The 1000 Islands Tower is a unique tourist attraction, the only one of it's kind in the 1000 Islands.
From the top you will see the best of what the area has to offer.
Running continuously, the elevator takes only 40 seconds to reach the first of three observation decks and provide visitors with a spectacular photographic opportunity as they enjoy the panoramic view of the 1000 Islands and St Lawrence River stretched out 130 metres or 400' below.
Kouri's Kopters Inc
1-855-855-4354Exclusive Helicopter tours of the 1000 Islands, Boldt Castle and Private Helicopter Charters.1000 Islands TourBeginning in the spring 2014 season, our new location in the 1000 Islands allows us to cut our tour prices in half!Within seconds after takeoff, you will see the beauty and splendor of the 1000 Islands that no other tour can provide. On clear days, you can see both the 1000 Islands bridge, the Ivy Lea bridge and hundreds of private islands that make this region so beautiful.This tour is approximately 10 minutes in duration.$99 per person*1000 Islands Boldt Castle TourOver 4.5 million people visit the 1000 Islands region annually - many come to experience the beauty of the islands but some come to see the incredible grandure of the many mansions built upon these granite islands.Inarguably the most famous of all is Boldt Castle on Heart Island. Built by George Boldt in the late 1800s, he abandoned the structure before it was finished when his wife suddenly died.Passports are not required.
This tour is approximately 18 minutes in duration.$149 per person*2 Castle TourHow can you see nearly all the islands in the 1000 Islands, both bridges, Boldt Castle and Singer Castle all in about 30 minutes?The only aswer to that question is to climb aboard one of our helicopters and experience it for yourself. There is nothing that can compare to the breathaking views in the helicopter and we want to share the experience with you.This tour is offered in limited availability and is typically flown after 3pm in the summer season. Please ask about other times as it may be available based on peak hour demand.$199 per person*Custom ToursWinter or summer, feel free to ask about a custom tour.If you're staying at one of the many hotels or bed & breakfasts in the 1000 Islands and would like either more time or just have a private flight, please ask our staff for information on private tours.Our central location allows us to offer tours anywhere in the 1000 Islands, the Historic Rideau Canal, The City of Kingston, and more.Please call for pricing.
Golf courses in and around the famous Thousand Islands, Gananoque,Ontario, East, Canada. http://www.gananoque.com/golf.html.
Several Islands have golf courses offering excellent golf and beautiful scenery at the same time. Of course (excuse the pun) Smuggler's Glen is our favorite course. An outstanding new facility awaits you! Located in the heart of the 1000 Islands, Canada; world famous destination for boating, fishing, vacationing and now golfing. This professionally designed 18-hole championship course features bent grass greens and fairways, brilliant white sand bunkers and fabulous vistas from several highly elevated tees. This newly built (opened July 2005) hidden gem, 6502 yard, championship design, par 72 golf course opened to rave reviews in 2005.
The course design takes full advantage of the rugged and beautiful Canadian Shield landscape of mature mixed forests, tall white pines, high granite cliffs and rolling hills and valleys. Smuggler's provides the ideal setting for your next round of golf, tournament event.
West Winds Ranch- go meet the animals!
Located in the hamlet of Salem, just five kilometers west of the village of Westport on Bedford Road, West Winds Ranch is a historical 1880 homestead on 142 acres of a picturesque rolling landscape. Open fields with patches of forest and a variety of wildlife offers people of all ages a wonderful outdoor recreational experience. West Winds Ranch is a community-driven family business providing: seasonal recreational activities to families, friends, and groups; educational learning and recreation programs for school groups and students; and innovative, fundraising opportunities for charitable organizations to encourage engagement with nature and healthy living.
taff at West Winds Ranch love their horses and the ranch lifestyle and love to share their passion for horses and ranch life with others.Alison DowningAlison is an avid rider for over 20 years and is the owner of West Winds Ranch. Along with teaching lessons, Alison has successfully managed multiple stables, cared for and taught hundreds of horses and ponies, and seen riders grow and excel throughout her equine career.AubreyAubrey has been working at the ranch since the summer of 2005. With aspirations of becoming a veterinarian and equestrian coach, Aubrey studies at Alfred College in the USA and is on the school's equestrian team. She works at the ranch during the summers.MariaMaria worked and rode with West Winds Ranch years ago when we were located in Glenburnie, and has joined our team again in 2012. A wonderful, thoughtful, and caring woman, Maria loves to work with children. With a wealth of ideas for crafts, often inspired by her inclusion in the native culture, Maria is our go-to-gal for rainy day entertainment!
Local Area Activities
Traveling to the USA including Boldt and Singer Castle? Please keep in mind, regardless of your nationality, the USA Border Services require a passport for entry into the USA.
The St. Lawrence River offers some of the best fishing in the world. Pickerel, crappies, walleye, muskies and lake trout are just a few of the available angling. Whether its family fishing or sport you can find it here. You may just catch the big one. Our staff can even arrange a fishing guide for you. Go off the shore or rent a boat at 2 of the marinas right across the parkway from the campground. Here is a good guide should you require one:
Bring your own or rent one, as long as you get out in the river. Become a true River Rat and enjoy the best boating around. You can spend days out there but never fear of getting lost, explore the magnificent St. Lawrence National Island Parks. Rental boats are available right across the street at 2 marinas. Dockage and launching are available too. Visit Peck's Marina or River Rat Marine for rental availability. Tell them we sent you! Traveling to Boldt Castle ? The USA will require a valid Passport for entry to the Castle.
Swimming and Beaches
Deep water swim dock and sand beach can be found at the Gananoque Joel Stone Beach. Grays Beach is just along the Parkway and is great for windsurfers too. Landon Bay Point is a long narrow spit of rock that goes for many metres into the river. Browns Bay Day Park includes a sand beach, change facilities and playground. All the beaches are just a short trip from the campground.
Diving in the Upper St. Lawrence River can be many things. From shallow shipwrecks to 200-foot granite walls the waters between Kingston Ontario and Montreal Quebec has everything a fresh water diver could ask for. The river was the freeway of yesterday that the supplies to build two countries were delivered on. Many ships have gone to the bottom, leaving us time capsules to explore. We have two excellent dive companies just across the road from the resort. Some of the best Diving is only minutes from the campground.
With over 40 courses in the area there are plenty of places to lose a few balls and make some divots. Check out: http://www.gananoque.com/golf.html www.gananoque.com/golf.html for some ideas. When in the islands, play on the islands. There are several courses wonderful Island golf courses, that offer great golfing combined with panoramic views. Some are available by car and others only by boat or water taxi.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Chalk the Walk - International Sidewalk Chalk-Art Festival
The seventh annual 1000 Islands International Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival will be held May 23, 2015. It is a fun-filled family event showcasing art for all ages. Many types of art will be on display, including sidewalk chalk art, paintings, drawings, and fine art. Visitors make their own art, enjoy a good old-fashioned BBQ, and have their faces painted. There will be special activities just for children. Registration opens at 9:30am, and costs $2 (including chalk). We're pleased to announce that Wallace Edwards will be our special guest again this year!
Upper Canada Villiage Medieval Festival
A colourful cast of medieval re-enactors, musicians, buskers, artisans, falconers, archers, merchants and jousting Knights in shining armour on horseback will converge at Upper Canada Village. The festive encampment of tents, mini-stages, and livestock quarters will also feature a weapons of war competition, childrens games and activities, and a medieval marketplace.
Rockport Boat Line - 2 Castle Tour
Exclusive to Rockport Cruises is the all-day enchanting Two Castle Tour of both Boldt Castle located on Heart Island and Singer Castle on Dark Island.
2015 CRUISE DATES (SUNDAY ONLY):SUNDAY: June 21, July 5, July 12, July 19, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 27, October 4Departs Sunday at 10:00 am returns at approximately 4:00 pm*Reservations are required for this cruise. Schedule is subject to change without notice.*Documentation Required for this Cruise1. Passengers on the stop-over cruise are subject to United States Customs and Immigration as Boldt Castle and Singer Castle are in the U.S.
2. Passports are required for this cruise.
3. Citizens of countries outside of Canada or the US may require a visitors visa as well as their passport. Canadian Permanent Residents also require a valid passport and US visitor's Visa.
Gananoque Ribfest/Canada Day Celebration
The Ribfest is held over the Canada Day long weekend in the Town Hall Park in the heart of the beautiful town of Gananoque, the gateway to the world famous 1000 Islands.
Come and enjoy a great day or stay for the weekend in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Browse, shop, relax, taste the delicious ribs and discover the sites, legends, and history Gananoque has to offer. On the evening of Canada Day, a fantastic fireworks display is provided by the Town of Gananoque and the Firefighters Association to celebrate the birthday of our great country.
Something for Everyone! Days of fun for the whole family! Music, entertainment, vendors, beer tent. Lots of great ribs and pulled pork to eat! Gananoque Town Park ball diamond, King Street, Gananoque
Event rages from June 26-28, and July 1. For a full list of events, admission and other information visit www.ganribfest.com/events.htm
Fort Henry Pan-Am Cultural Festival
Free for the entire family!
Multiple stages featuring music, dance and performing arts representing the Pan-Am Nations.
Sportszone, workshops, dance lessons and children's and youth area.
New museum exhibits featuring sports and games from 1867.
Special Pan-Am Torch Relay Ceremony.
Canadian and American evening retreats with a FIREWORKS FINALE!