Local Area Recreation Near 1000 Islands / Kingston KOA Holiday

Outdoor Activities Near Kingston, Ontario
Surrounded by stunning nature, rich history and various recreational activities, Kingston, Ontario, and the 1000 Islands are the ideal locations for your next adventure. Make 1000 Islands/Kingston KOA your home base for visiting beautiful Kingston and the surrounding area.

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Whether you're in the mood for something thrilling and adventurous or low-key and peaceful, it's time to take advantage of Ontario's countless scenic activities. Perfectly located on Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River, Canada's second largest river, Kingston is a great spot for all sorts of sightseeing and water activities, like paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, wreck diving and more! Kingston /1000 Islands hiking offers scenic views and hidden gems! Downtown activities, like shopping, are also only minutes away from the campground. Enjoy the countless recreational activities available in and around Kingston, Ontario.

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Sightseeing Tours of the 1000 Islands

Sightseeing Tours of the 1000 Islands

A visit to Kingston wouldn't be complete without a tour of the 1000 Islands. This archipelago of more than 1,800 islands is one of the region's most popular draws. One of the best ways to experience its storied past, fairy tale castles, stately mansions and historic lighthouses is aboard one of the many Kingston and 1000 Island boat tours. These narrated cruises offer visitors insight into what drew the rich and famous of the 19th century to these mysterious and lovely islands. Many sightseeing boat tours include stops at the Island's most famous attractions, including Boldt Castle, Singer Castle and Rock Island Lighthouse. For a different option, see the beautiful Islands from the sky in a plane or a helicopter. Experience the 1000 Islands a little different from everyone else by flying above them. This mesmerizing journey will allow you to experience the area in its full wonder. Helicopter and plane tours are available from Kingston airport.

Canoe Trips

Canoe Trips

Kingston sits on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, with the entrance of the Saint Lawerence River, the mouth of the Cataraqui River and the Rideau Canal all within the city limits. With these wonderful waterways, Kingston is full of areas to explore by canoe or kayak. There are also the breathtakingly beautiful 1000 Islands close by, steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty. You'll love skimming along the water,  paddling your way by one astounding sight after another. There are even on-the-water dining opportunities.Several outfitters within the Kingston area can take groups of any size for two- to six-hour day trips for any skill level.

Kingston and 1000 Islands Walking, Hiking and Biking Trails

Kingston and 1000 Islands Walking, Hiking and Biking Trails

Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge or grip, climb and wiggle your way through some rocky terrain, Kingston is Canada's hidden hiking gem. There are plenty of trails throughout the Kingston area and enjoyable biking experiences among the 1000 Islands. Within walking distance from the campground is the K&P Trail that will take you for a nice leisurely walk along a beautifully maintained trail. If you're more adventurous, visit Frontenac Park for hiking for all fitness levels. The 1000 Islands Parkway Trail is renowned as one of the province's best trails and features picturesque paved paths perfect for cycling through the lake breeze and enjoying the Islands' fascinating beauty up close.

Boutique Shopping

Boutique Shopping

Kingston is a shopaholic's paradise. Whether you love stylish garments or glimmering jewelry, take a day to stroll down the cobblestone streets and pop into some of the city's many boutique stores.Visit downtown Kingston for wonderful shopping in fantastic locally owned shops or find everything you need at the Cataraqui Mall. If you'd prefer a day trip, take a drive to Westport for beautiful scenery, delicious cafés and fantastic boutique shopping.

Watersports on Lake Ontario

Watersports on Lake Ontario

If you're an adrenaline junky who loves the water and wants an unforgettable experience, there's an impressive array of watersports just a short jaunt from our campground. Sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking are all wonderful ways to experience Kingston from the water. Lessons and equipment are available from multiple different companies in Downtown Kingston. They also provide all safety equipment and instruction to ensure your launch and return from the lake are as safe as possible.Paddle Board Yoga is available every day downtown.

Wreck Diving

Wreck Diving

Because of Lake Ontario's violent storms and active shipping trade routes, Kingston has one of the richest deposits of wrecks in North America. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced diver, you'll get to see some of the most unique diving sites in North America. If this is your first time, we recommend diving on 10' deep wrecks from shore. Or, for advanced divers, you may reach depths of over 150' and everything in between. The shipwrecks found off the Kingston shores are considered some of the best wreck diving in the world. Beautiful wrecks like the Wolfe Islander II, the Munson and the Marsh are just some of the great underwater sites you can visit from one of many dive charters based out of Kingston.

Take a Trip Back in Time

Take a Trip Back in Time

Kingston is where the world today seamlessly blends with the remnants of the past. The Limestone City has strong historic ties that date back over 300 years. During your stay at 1000 Islands/Kingston Holiday KOA, you can visit one of many historically significant locations in Kingston:

  • Fort Henry
  • Kingston Penitentiary
  • Bellevue House
  • Murney Tower National Historic Site
  • PumpHouse Museum
  • Sir John A. Macdonald's final resting place 
  • And many more interesting and educational places

Water Parks

Water Parks

When summer heats up, it's the perfect time for you and your kids to splash around in the water. Waterparks combine the action-packed rides of an amusement park with a refreshing watery adventure. Kingston has multiple water parks to suit your every want. From splash pads to water slides and a lazy river, no matter your desire Kingston has a wonderful water park for you and your family.