1000 Islands / Ivy Lea KOA Canada

Open May 4 - October 8

Reserve: 800-562-2471

Reserve: 800-562-2471

Info: 613-659-2817

Info: 613-659-2817

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514 1000 Island Parkway

Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0 Canada

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Check-in: 2:00 pm, Check-out: 10:00 am

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.

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Sky Deck

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.

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Helicopter Tours

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.

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Go Golfing

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.

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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!

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Not what you think you find in a small town- a great shopping experience

Steel doesn't simply sell a mix of wares—apparel, home decor, jewelry, gifts—it provides a range of ideas. We have taken great care to create an experience that will set up the possibility of change and transformation, where the customer's imagination is just as important as the designer's.Flirty skirts and vintage-inspired summer frocks hang alongside tailored trousers with quirky detailing on hand-crafted wood and metal racks, and lace-edged blouses share space with colourful striped tees on old copper pipes. Old meets new, and new ideas break down old, tired patterns of shopping.This carefully-edited collection reflects our commitment to making people feeling comfortable to experiment and explore styles they might normally not think of.

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Unique Canadian Gifts and experience

When you enter The Green Gecko, you'll find me, Terri Dawson, with a smile and friendly "hello".  From the start, my husband, Peter, and I were captivated by the beauty of Lyndhurst and area.  We felt that a bold shop with unique items would draw people to experience that beauty first hand.  Each year we spend time in South East Asia scouring the streets and markets in what we call "treasure hunting".  We are searching for unique and one-of-a-kind items to bring back to you.  Our vision includes supporting the small artisans we meet on our travels and seeking out local artisans and products, to create The Green Gecko, a shop like no other!  
A place with just the right mix and something for everyone. 

We strive to provide you with high quality,  unique and one-of-a-kind items.
   Enjoy a selection of goods hand-picked from around the world and locally made products from down the road.
Most Enjoyable?  Our Prices!
Get out of the box store mentality!
Come to the Green Gecko and enjoy being treated like a person.

You should Feel good about supporting local and international artisans!
    You should Enjoy owning or giving something that is one-of-a-kind!

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Just because you are camping does not mean you have to rough it

Our tranquil spa environment is the perfect setting for you to enjoy our refreshing treatments of body and mind.  Select from a variety of spa treatments that will revitalize and soothe your senses. Treat yourself to the pampering and care you deserve.

Only minutes from the campground

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Personalized 1000 Islands Boat Tour

Take the smaller boat and see more of the islands. Heres your chance to get on board and enjoy the islands like the locals do. More intimate and personal service. Check out the website for many different options and ideas.Located in Gananoque only a short drive the campground

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Crooked Creek Links

Welcome to Crooked Creek. Open to the public we offer 18 challenging holes, driving range and tournament facilities in Athens Ontario, just a short drive from Brockville, Kingston, Ottawa and the Thousand Islands. Please feel free to book a tee time online at reservationmasters.com or call our proshop directly.
Take a look around our site to learn about the golf course itself, our services, rates, leagues and more.

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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.

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Go Kayaking

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.

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Parks Swimming and Picnics

St. Lawrence Islands National Park, established in 1904 as the first national park east of the Rockies, work to promote sustainable recreation, while protecting the unique ecosystem. The park is a key regional partner in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, which received official designation in 2002 by the U.N.The park consists of 20 islands between Kingston and Brockville and several mainland properties.The visitor's Centre at Mallorytown Landing provides an introduction to the park, with interpretive programs, exhibits and activities.Charleston Lake Provincial Park offers everything from a wilderness experience to organized recreational activities for the family, as well as a picnic area and 2 sandy beaches.The ecology of Charleston Lake Provincial Park is extremely complex. Almost all of the forest regions of eastern North America intersect in the Biosphere Reserve. The landforms here, as well as the river, become corridors for the short and long term migration of plants and animals. As a result, the diversity of the biology and ecology in this park is astounding. The number of species is in the top three in Canada, and the diversity of the geographical ranges of the species is extraordinary.Gananoque offers many prime locations for picnics. Gananoque's Town Park, which surrounds town hall, has picnic tables, ball diamond, soccer fields and washrooms. It is the host to the Thursday night concert series held during the summer months. Located on Stone Street North past the Kinsmen Hall, there are picnic tables and cook stoves.The newly constructed Gananoque BMX Track is situated behind the Recreation Centre and adjacent to the Gananoque Skateboard Park which is located on King Street East. Joel Stone Heritage Park, located on Water Street, has bike parking along with a beach, splash pad, swim platform, picnic tables and public washrooms. The swim area is not supervised. If you want to hit a few balls, a tennis court is located outside the Recreational Centre.Kendrick's Park, near Lyndhurst, on Beverly Lake offers swimming, change rooms, washrooms, pavilions, soccer field and children's playground. Also, there is the smaller Furnace Falls Park in Lyndhurst, The Bay of St. Lawrence Park and Rockport Park at the Rockport Recreation Centre where you can find playground equipment.Centennial Park, located in Seeley's Bay on the Rideau Canal, sports a ball diamond, washrooms/shower facilities, pavilion, playground, multi-purpose court for tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton and municipal docking at the recently expanded marina.Jerry Park in Lansdowne offers two ball diamonds, a tennis court, basketball court, skateboard park and playground.On the south side of the 1000 Islands Parkway there are many natural picnic sites overlooking the magnificent St. Lawrence River. Get out you blankets or lawn chair and have lunch with a view! Please remember to leave there tranquil spots as clean as you found them.

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Go see a play

185 south st
gananoque, ON k7g3g6

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.
Thousand Islands Playhouse
185 South St, Gananoque, ON K7G 3G6
www.1000islandsplayhouse.comBox Office
Phone: (613) 382-7020 ext. 36
Toll-Free: 1-866-382-7020 ext. 36
Fax: (613) 382-7088
Email: boxoffice@1000islandsplayhouse.comBox Office Address:
Firehall Theatre
185 South Street
Gananoque, ON K7G 1A12014 Season

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Go Fishing

The 1000 islands, and area that straddles the international border, is home to over 88 species of game fish including northern pike, large and small mouth bass, pickerel and the mighty muskellunge (world record 69lb. 15oz., caught here in 1959).Complete packages, including a guide, can be arranged for the more serious angler. Boat and motor rentals and live bait are readily available for the do-it-yourself.REMEMBER: when you rent a power-driven pleasure craft in Canada, you must complete and sign a Rental Boat Safety.Checklist supplied by the rental agency, unless you already have:
A Canadian pleasure craft operator card;
Proof that you completed a boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999;
A marine certificate of competency, training certificate or equivalent; or
An operator card or other proof from your state or country, if you are not a resident of Canada.
Your checklist will serve as proof from your state or country, if you are not a resident of Canada.
To learn more about requirements for boating in Canada, please visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.For general questions, please contact Boating Safety Info line at 1.800.267.6687, or your Ontario regional office at 1.877.281.8824, located at 100 Front Street South, Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 2M4. 1000 Islands Fishing Charters4607 Highway #2 West, RR# 3 Gananoque ON, K7G 2V5Phone: 613.382.4289Website: www.1000islandsfishingcharters.comEmail: info@1000islandsfishingcharters.comDan Spencer Fishing Charters305 Clark Drive RR#3? Gananoque ON?K7G 2V5Phone: 613.382.3820Website: www3.sympatico.ca/spencers.chartersEmail: spencers.charters@sympatico.caFishing Services in the 1000 Islands Harmer's Cottages & Boat Rentals
Misty Isles Lodge
Wings Live Bait & Tackle Wing's Live Bait & Tackle
413 Lyndhurst Road, Lyndhurst, ON K0E 1N0
Phone: 613.928.2382
Website: www.wingslivebaitandtackle.ca
Email: siderisjp@sympatico.ca1000 Islands Fishing Guide Service
24 Narrows Lane Rd. , Mallorytown, ON K0E 1R0
Phone: 613.923.5257
Website: www.fishing1000islands.com

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Sports in the 1000 Islands

We're not just about trees and water here ~ we play hard in the 1000 Islands. Between figure skating, hockey and lacrosse at the Gananoque Recreation Centre, paddling on the St. Lawrence River, Gananoque River, local lakes and the Rideau Canal, scuba diving, archery, biking, swimming, fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking and more, the area has an abundance of opportunity to get your sporting groove on.Gananoque & the 1000 Islands Skateboard Park and BMX Park
Driving Instructions: From Hwy-401: Hwy-401 to County Rd. 32/Stone St. N. (exit 645)
South on Stone St. N. Turn left onto King St. E. and Gananoque Recreation Centre will be on the left hand side.
Gananoque Skateboard Park behind Gananoque Recreation Centre.
Website: Click HereGananoque Curling Club
300 Wiliam Street South
Gananoque, ON K7G 2T7
Phone: 613.382.3281
Fax: 613.382.3281
Email: info@gananoquecurlingclub.comOther Sportng Services1000 Islands Kayaking Co.
Gananoque Golf and Country Club
Gananoque Sport Parachuting Centre
Glen Lawrence Golf Club
Greene Acre Golf
Ground Zero Paintball
Skydive Gananoque
Misty Isles Lodge
Muskie Rush Charters
Smuggler's Glen Golf Course
Spencer's Cottages

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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.
Arthur Child Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands
125 Water St, Gananoque, ON
(613) 382-2535
www.1000islandsheritagemuseum.comDiscover the place where past meets present by visiting our historic exhibits, relax on our waterfront veranda and browse our Canadiana gift shop.Admission is by donation only
Your generous support, allows us to maintain, refresh and preserve our exhibits.Exhibits

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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.

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1000 Islands Charity Casino

Ontario's newest Casino built at a cost of $54 Million, it is beautiful and fun. Enjoy Slots, Blackjack Tables and more. Only minutes from the Campground - go try Lady Luck.

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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.

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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. Heres a map link: http://www.waterfronttrail.org/maps/wt-6_09.pdf 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.

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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!

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Bellevue House

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thrill Seekers

Get a Thrill! Enjoy heart pumping and exhilarating activities? Then outdoor paintball and skydiving are just what you're looking for.Ground Zero Paintball
384 Marble Rock Road,
Gananoque ON K7G 2V4
Phone: 613.382.0277 1.613.382.8292
f: 613.382.7165
Website: www.gzpaintball.caWith sunken ships galore, the 1000 Islands is ripe with adventure under the water's surface! We also have Skydiving! Skydiving allows you to experience the unbelievable thrill of freefall! Attached to a professional, all you have to do is enjoy the rush. Check out the listings below for your professionally trained excursion.Skydive Gananoque
P.O. Box 147
Gananoque, Ontario K7G 2T7
Phone: 613.382.5114
Website: www.skydivegan.com
Email: skydivegan@bellnet.caThousand Island Pleasure Diving
P.O. Box 322
Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0
Phone: 613.659.3943 1.866.659.2334
f: 613.659.3964
Website: www.islanddiver.ca
Email: info@islanddiver.ca

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Boating on the River

it's a proven fact that recreational boating goes a long ways towards improving your quality of life. The minute you start to move forward on a boat, you'll notice how easy it is to leave your troubles behind. Recreational boating fun provides a constructive outlet for entertainment that reduces stress and provides enriching opportunities for self discovery, whether it's learning how to water ski or simply enjoying the warm glow of an evening sunset. Hit the water to get up close and personal with the islands. The following contacts can set you up for days of fun on the St. Lawrence River and surrounding lakes through rentals, charters, tours and more.Gananoque Boat Line1000 Islands Cruises Rockport Boat LinePrivate 1000 Islands Boat ToursChuckles Discovery ToursHouseboat Holidays Ltd.Misty Isles Lodge Gananoque Boat Line280 Main Street, Gananoque ON K7G 2M2Phone: 613.382.2144Alternate Phone: 1.888.717.4837Fax: 613.382.2148Website: www.ganboatline.comEmail: kmacrae@ganboatline.com
1000 Islands Cruises Rockport Boat Line
23 Front Street,Rockport, ON K0E 1V0
Phone: 613.659.3402 1.800.563.8687
Fax: 613.659.2000
Email:  info@rockportcruises.com
Website: www.rockportcruises.comHouseboat Holidays Ltd.Highway #2 West, Gananoque ON, K7G 2V5Phone: 613.382.2842Website: www.houseboatholidays.caEmail: platch@sympatico.caMisty Isles Lodge25 River Road, Lansdowne ON, K0E 1L0Phone: 613.382.4232Website: www.mistyisles.caEmail: mistyisl@kos.netPrivate 1000 Islands Boat Tours574-1000 Islands Parkway, Lansdowne ON, K0E 1L0Phone: 613.659.3350Alternate Phone: 613.539.3159Fax: 613.659.3183Website: www.1000islandsboattours.comEmail: info@1000islandsboattours.comChuckles Discovery Tours690 Charles St S, Gananoque, ON K7G 2T8Phone: 613.272.0222Website: www.chucklesdiscoverytours.comOther Boating Services in the 1000 Islands1000 Islands Kayaking Co.
Gananoque Boat Line / Ivy Lea / Island Memories
Harmer's Cottages & Boat Rentals
Rockport Boat Line Ltd.
Spencer's Cottages & Boat Rentals / Fishing Charters

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Aquatarium - At Tall Ships Landing

6 Broad Street
Brockville, ON K6V 0C4

At the Aquatarium, learning can be as entertaining as it is educational. Enjoy a variety of interactive adventures and experiences that inspire critical thinking through storytelling and play while cultivating an appreciation of the unique history, culture and ecosystems of the 1000 Islands of Ontario region. Discover the diverse wildlife of the islands, explore the area's unique history and culture, learn about the economics of the St. Lawrence River, and get your body moving in their recreational experiences. From hands-on explorations of nautical science to first-hand encounters with native wildlife, the Aquatarium invites you to join a passionate conversation about the world around us while providing a uniquely educational and wholly entertaining experience.

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