Local Area Attractions
1000 Islands Boat Tours
You 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
Go see a play
http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/ Thousand Islands Playhouse theatres in Gananoque Ontario, are two fully renovated heritage venues celebrated for producing one of the widest ranges of professional theatre in the country. The theatres are located in a phenomenal natural setting directly on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, half way between Toronto and Montreal. The Springer and Firehall theatres present eight dynamic theatrical productions, professional art exhibitions, and six lively concerts between May and November. For 25 years the Playhouse has been offering theatre lovers on of the widest programming ranges of any professional theatre in the country, and arguably the most diverse in Ontario.
Old Fort Henry
Fort Henry National Historical Site is Kingston's award winning premier historic attraction and outdoor military museum. Fort Henry presents a fun and stimulating visitor program daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Retrace the soldiers steps at Fort Henry and watch the Guards perform military drills, changes of guards and the artillery detachment fire the "big guns". Don't miss the spectacular sunset ceremony every Wednesday in July and August.
Come check out the most rewarding and refreshing way to experience the 1000 Islands! Fully guided Kayaking Tours, All Inclusive Lodging and Dining Packages and hassle free service, by the 1000 Islands Kayaking Company guarantees an experience you will be talking about for months. Our tours are leisurely explorations of the area's historic charm and hidden scenery. Experience this life size museum of islands and architecture, up close and intimately through the comfort and safety of a guided kayaking tour.
No Experience is Necessary! These kayaking tours are designed with beginners in mind! Anyone can participate, our guides are professionals, our instruction is excellent, the equipment is top-notch and the pace is leisurely. And we haven't even mentioned our fabulous island lunches.
Arthur Child Museum
Enhance your trip to the 1000 Islands with a visit to the Heritage Museum located adjacent to the Gananoque Boatline on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. The Museum provides the visitor with an inviting setting to reflect on the history of the area. The building is reminiscent of the original islands cottages and fabulous hotels that were built during the Golden Era.
Self-Guided Boat Tours
Why not do the driving yourself and really see the islands? There are 2 marinas directly across the street from the campground that specialize in helping you go out on your own. There are lots of places to go and it is very easy to navigate. Check out Peck's Marina and River Rat Marine for prices and availability. We can even book it for you to make sure you don't miss out.
Landon Bay Nature Center
The Landon Bay Centre is a 225 acre Ecological Reserve within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve and is in the famous 1000 Islands region close to the Town of Gananoque. The Centre is maintained by The Barbara Heck Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the environment with low impact facilities and activities.
At The Landon Bay Centre, the Foundation offers opportunities for environmental education, with an extensive network of walking trails, a scenic look-out. Tranquility and a sense of spiritual presence are experienced as one walks the trails and meadows. The Rosette Pavilion, with its raised gardens, is wheelchair accessible and can be enjoyed by everyone.
Scenic 1000 Islands Bicycle Path Tour
Located right outside our gates is 37 km of paved path, perfect for biking or rollerblading. Many spots offer ideal picture spots and viewing points of the 1000 Islands. There are mountain bike areas as well for the adventurous.
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Trail description: The 37 km trail runs parallel to the 1000 Islands Parkway between Gananoque and Brockville and forms a section of the Waterfront Trail.
Trail fee: None.
Towns along the trail: Gananoque, Mallorytown, Brockville. Web site: Parks of the St Lawrence (no information about the trail is on the website)
Description Trail map: Map of the parkway can be downloaded from the Waterfront Trail website
Trail surface: Paved Designated activities: Bicycling, walking, inline skating
Facilities on the trail: Rest stops are located at several points along the trail
Points of interest: St Lawrence Islands National Park, Landon Bay Centre has trails and wildlife sanctuary
Getting to the trail: Access the trail at any of the towns along its route from Exit 645 to 696 of Highway 401. Via Rail service between Toronto and Montreal stops at Gananoque and Brockville.
Sky Dive Gananoque
Skydive Gananoque, along with offering the most exciting and up to date method of making your first jump, the ultimate thrill of a Tandem Freefall Skydive from 10,000 feet, also offers advanced instruction and coaching to those who choose to pursue the sport. Our staff includes skydivers who are recognized within the sport community for their achievements and skill. We've been in the Skydiving business since 1971!
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.
Vanridge ATV Rental and Trail Rides
We offer an experience that's second to none. If you're looking for an outdoor adventure, then come and have some fun on our All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Introduce your significant other, the family, and your friends to a new and exciting activity. Drive your own ATV, or better yet one of ours through the rugged Ontario wilderness to enjoy a truly Canadian adventure in an area that depicts the great Canadian Shield terrain. Our tours are designed so that the very experienced drivers can have fun while experiencing very technical trails, as well as mud if the season allows - BUT we also have trails that a novice driver can have a great time. Our Guest Book says it all - the best time they have ever had - better than Canada's Wonderland. Our groomed ATV trails are open year round. You can enjoy all that nature has to offer, no matter what season you prefer. Our ATV Adventure is located in the 1000 Islands' Region of Eastern Ontario, and the Ottawa Valley. We are a short 15 min. drive from the International Bridge to the great U.S.A. at Alexandria Bay, NY & Lansdowne, ON, Canada. We are a 3 hour drive from Toronto; 2 hour drive from Montreal, and just a short 1.25 hour drive from Ottawa. What a short drive to have such excitement and the time of your life. No experience is necessary in order to drive. We customize your tour depending on the experience level you demonstrate (from very novice to very advanced). Training is conducted prior to all tours.
A rare and fine example in Canada of Itallanate Villa Architecture. Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister. Today, the house is a national historic site, commemorating Macdonald's contribution to the development of Canada. Visit Bellevue House and be part of the costumed interpreters' version of day-to-day life in the 1840's.
Rideau Canal Waterway and Locks
The Rideau Canal Waterway is a boater's paradise, attracting pleasure boats from across North America to travel its 202 kilometre (125 mile) length. The Rideau Canal; a National Historic Site of Canada, a Canadian Heritage River and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of a series of beautiful lakes and rivers connected by canals. It stretches from Kingston, at the foot of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada's capital. Maintained by Canada's Parks service it is arguably the most scenic waterway in North America. Whether you visit by boat, car, bicycle or on foot, the Rideau has something for you. The Rideau Canal Waterway, which links the lakes and rivers between Ottawa and Kingston, is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. The locks are operated today much as they were when first opened in 1832. Each lock is unique and the lock staff are always ready to offer the tourist any assistance they can. Most locks provide washrooms, overnight mooring and picnic facilities, including tables, benches and barbecue grills. You can visit the Rideau in a number of ways. A boat is of course best to get the full ambiance of the region. You can pilot your own boat to the Rideau, trailer it here, or rent a boat on-site. Many people also enjoy the Rideau by staying at an Inn, Bed & Breakfast, Lodge, or cabin. The Rideau also makes for a wonderful driving trip, with many scenic roads winding their way through the heart of Old Ontario. So, whatever your vacation preference, the Rideau Canal Waterway has something for you.
Location Location Location!
Grab a map and check out our location and you will see Ivy Lea on the 1000 Islands Parkway is the best place to be. You can't get any closer to the center of the 1000 Islands without getting wet. From our nature trails you can see beautiful vistas of the 1000 Islands. Crossing our front gate entrance is the 1000 Islands Recreational Trail offering excellent biking and hiking. Across the road from the resort are marinas, shoreline restaurants, boat rentals and more. You can walk, or ride your bike to a boat tour, and two more are less than 10 minutes away by car. The heart of the 1000 Islands is at our doorstep!
We have upgraded our system again, so now we have even more coverage and capability. We also have an internet cafe complete with skype that is also free to use.
Our New Sites and Upgraded Electrical
Our newly updated electrical services are in, so now many of our sites offer 50 amp! We have Full hook-up sites, extra width for privacy and tip-out room, gravel parking pads with drainage, fire and barbecue rings, and a picnic table. The kabins are set into the woods, and offer private patio areas, BBQ grills and of course the convenience of nearby bathroom facilities.
Our experienced full-time cleaning staff hold excellence as the standard, immaculate as a given. We are constantly renovating and upgrading the resort to ensure our guests feel pampered, relaxed, and comfortable. After all, you are on holiday right!
In addition to the amenities listed on this website, we also offer:
- Maximum Length Pull Through - 60 feet with full hookup
- 1 and 2 Room Kabins available
- New 50 amp services
St. Lawrence Seaway Locks (30 Minutes)
The construction of the St. Lawrence Power Project and Seaway, which took place in the 1950s, permanently raised the water level of the St. Lawrence River between Iroquois and Cornwall, in Eastern Ontario, submerging several villages. Now it represents not only a huge boating heaven but one of the world's largest shipping lane. Make your way to the Eisenhower locks and watch the huge laker ships squeeze themselves into the locks and magically rise or lower to the next level. Click here for more information.
Kingston (20 Minutes)
Nestled at the confluence of the Rideau Canal and the St. Lawrence River where they meet Lake Ontario, Kingston is a city built on a grand heritage and defined by an exquisite ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today. Stroll through Kingston's endlessly diverting intricacies: from its urban heart, a bustling gathering place sparkling with a casual boutique and bistro vitality, to its meandering waterfront with a mix of historic neighbourhoods and breath-taking parkland. All of this in a city that dazzles with soaring 19th century limestone architecture and the amenities of a major centre, but retains the fascinating allure of a small town. Explore our history; immerse yourself in our vibrant culture. With so much to see and do in Kingston, there is a wealth of attractions to choose from, and each one unravels the secrets of our beautiful city.
There are so many wonderful things to see and do while you´re here, but where to start? Here are just a few of our favourite pastimes in Kingston.
- Explore the historic sites and modern attractions of Canada´s second-oldest city on the Confederation Tour Trolley , or visit www.kingstonaudiotours.com and download your own personal walking tour
- Visit the 20-plus museums and historic sites -- as well as three art galleries -- that Kingston has to offer
- Enter a marvelous reproduction of the 19th-century military life at Fort Henry National Historic Site
- Take advantage of Kingston´s amazing shopping opportunities -- everything from the quaint shops and boutiques dotting our downtown core to malls and outlet stores throughout the city
- Play a round of golf at one of our many public courses
- Discover Kingston´s dark and ghostly secrets on a Haunted Walk of Kingston
- Enjoy a crisp outdoor skate to music on Kingston Historic Market Square ice rink or stroll through Canada's oldest continuously run Farmers´ Market
- Savour mouth-watering cuisine from all corners of the globe at our delectable variety of dining establishments
- Rent a sailboat, kayak or canoe and enjoy our beautiful waters. landlubbers can rent a bicylcle and tour the city´s lovely streets with Ahoy Rentals
Brockville (20 Minutes)
Brockville is one of the oldest and most beautiful communities in Ontario. As the eastern gateway to the 1000 Islands, we offer one of the most accessible waterfronts and many of Canada's historical treasures. Come and enjoy our small-town hospitality.
As our guest we invite you to:
- Enjoy the serenity of the 1000 Islands
- Discover our historic past
- Explore the great outdoors
- Professional live theatre and entertainment
- Celebrate life with family and friends
- Tantalize your taste buds
- Explore the art of shopping
Visit Brockville Tourism for more information.
Westport (45 Minutes)
The Town of Westport, Ontario is nestled in the heartlands of the Rideau Lakes, about 45 minutes north of Kingston. Offering a vast selection of services year round, Westport is a pleasant surprise and unforgettable destination. Why not stop by? You'll be glad you did!
Greater Napanee (45 Minutes)
Conveniently located along the Highway 401 corridor mid-way between Belleville and Kingston at Exit 579 you'll find a charming community with a Victorian flavour and a history rooted in the Loyalist migrations and the boom economies of 19th and early 20th century logging and shipping. Streets lined with mature maples, a lovely waterfront park & boardwalk, docking facilities a short walk from the downtown and a nice variety of attractive shops will invite you to linger for a day or two. Napanee and the Bay of Quinte are well recognized as the "Walleye Capital" ~ Try your luck at catching "the big one". In May and June you can relive history as the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and the United Empire Loyalists honour the landing of their forefathers over 200 years ago. June is strawberry season and there are many U-pick farms in the area to tempt your tastebuds. Or, you can experience rural hospitality at a "strawberry social". During the summer months you can enjoy live outdoor concerts every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at the waterfront Millennium Pavilion ~ Sailors can enjoy the concerts from the decks of their boats. Experience the fun and excitement of a traditional country fair in early August at the Napanee Fair. And in the fall visit the studios of our vibrant artist community during the Annual Studio Tour. Click here for more information.
Upper Canada Village (1 Hour)
From May to October at Upper Canada Village escape to another time and place, amidst the sights and sounds of an 1860s village. You'll meet loads of friendly folk from the past as you visit over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon and boat rides, shopping, food and family fun. Upper Canada Village, it's out of this world!
Ottawa (1½ Hour)
Canada's Capital city - Come, experience one of the greatest Capitals of the world! Whether you're here for business or for pleasure, our vibrant and colourful city will welcome you day and night with a wonderful array of activities and entertainment for all ages, and all interests. Whether your interest is culture, history or simply natural outdoor attractions, Canada's Capital region offers a unique combination of both. You'll find 30 museums, 50 galleries and theatres, Night clubs, Fine dining, World-class shopping, Heritage sites, Stunning architecture, Festivals, Cultural activities, Attractions, Tours, Natural wonders, Sports and Friendly people. Visit the Ottawa Tourism website - a must for those traveling to Ottawa.
Prescott (45 Minutes)
You are invited to visit the historic Town of Prescott , where the best from the past meets the promise of the future. Walk our shady, tree-lined streets and pathways downtown, or visit Fort Wellington, National Historic Site of Canada, where time has paused to indulge the very best of our United Empire Loyalist History. Stroll along our sparkling, revamped waterfront, where you can linger to listen to a song at the Kinsmen Bandshell and Outdoor Amphitheatre, or view a Shakespearian play. Take the challenge of landing a muskellunge in our fast flowing river or travel our well-maintained snowmobile trails in the winter. Along the Prescott Heritage River Trail - perfect for all recreational and leisure activities - walking, running, bicycling, picnicking, fishing or diving. This is just the beginning! We offer you a warm invitation to stay awhile and visit often to find out everything that Prescott has to offer!
Athens (20 Minutes)
Come see the attractions this small town and its surroundings have to offer! Athens is well known for the beautiful murals that grace our buildings. See the Virtual Walking Tour! Annual festivals including Cornfest, Farmersville, and the Parade of Lights entertain local people and visitors from afar. Meanwhile, nearby Charleston Lake offers wonderful opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, or just communing with nature. Athens is a lively town, definitely worth an afternoon of looking at the murals, visiting the local stores, seeing some area sites of interest and meeting the local people of Athens. A sampling of local photographs, and also photographs of past events, can be found in our photo archives.
Sandbanks Provincial Park (2 Hours)
Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of southern Ontario's most delightful recreational spots, a summer magnet for campers and day visitors. Sandbanks boasts three sandy beaches, Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach and Dunes Beach, among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, with golden sand and sparkling water. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and boating compete with sunbathing and swimming as favourite park activities.
Smiths Falls (45 minutes)
Situated in a picturesque area along the Rideau Canal, with over 90 acres of parkland, Smiths Falls is a beautiful town with plenty to see and do. There's fishing, hiking, tennis, swimming, boating, birdwatching, ball diamonds, lawn bowling, basketball, darts, hockey, squash, bowling, billards, shopping, good dining and overnight accommodations including hotels, motels and B&Bs. The list of things to do and see goes on and on. Come by boat, there's plenty of docking space.
Merrickville (45 minutes)
Having officially been dubbed as "Canada's most beautiful village" and with more designated heritage buildings than any other Ontario community of like size, Merrickville is a unique and vibrant Victorian village. Idyllically situated along the historic Rideau Canal, less than an hour's drive from both Ottawa, the nation's capital, and the U.S.-Canada border, Merrickville loves to celebrate its history and culture and heartily invites everyone to join in! Come enjoy its heritage, natural attractions, delightful restaurants, shops, its small town hospitality, and its all-around, year-round enchantment.
The campground offers an excellent tourist information area that can help you find things to do and places to visit. Things like the Canadian Penitentiary Museum, or where you can tour a former Canadian Coast Guard Ice Breaker. Of course our staff will do everything they can to help you plan your trips.