The ‘winter blues’ are a common plight that many of us face during the colder months. We want you to make your winter a fun one, so we have gathered a list of frosty activities to keep your spirits high!
Need we say more? Enjoy the stunning winter landscape from a birds-eye-view and see the St. Lawrence and Thousand Islands from high above! Choose your own adventure from castle tours and historic views on one of the three tours offered.
Try something new and add an ice fishing excursion to your tour. Dress warmly and sit comfortably inside your hut completed with a wood stove and rods. Take the concept of ‘fresh food’ to a whole new level by having your very own fish fry out on the frozen lake!
2. Take A Stroll Through A Sculpture Park
Located within the steps of Downtown Gananoque is a collection of amazing sculptures. Spend some time and unwind or share a romantic walk among Canada’s largest outdoor art exhibit. Surround yourself in a picturesque fairytale completed with lights and sculptures made by local artists.
3. Find Antiques Treasures & Art
Downtown Gananoque is a great little destination of the artistic variety. Start off with a visit to Never Enough Antiques & Collectibles or the Gananoque Flea Market and find your next statement piece for your home.
You’ll find watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics, and pen and ink works by local artists. Heather Haynes Gallery originally opened in Kingston in 2012, but later moved to its new home in Gananoque in 2016. You’ll be blown away by her exquisite and thought-provoking art. Learn more about the gallery and her incredible humanitarian work.
O’Connor Gallery is more of an interior design studio for the business or home, with a range of services from custom upholstery to unique lighting and so much more.
4. Try Snowshoeing At Jones Creek Trails
“Don’t let the chill of winter keep you cooped up indoors.” Jones Creek Trails vary in difficulty from 20 minute walks to hikes that can last up to two hours or more depending on your experience. Check out the handy map on the Parks Canada Website and choose your own path.
The Arthur Child Heritage Museum interprets the history and ecology of Gananoque and the 1000 Islands. Check out displays on the history of the 1000 islands, First Nations, early settlers, and more. This is the perfect place to learn about the area!
Grab those hiking shoes and take on a little bit of a challenge at the Maple Rock Conservation Area. Walkthrough the rocky forest, up and down the hilly landscape to make it to the stunning lookout point. Keep an eye out for local wildlife and make sure you pack some extra drinks and snacks. This trail is not for the faint of heart!
This quaint little bookstore can easily have anyone spending a couple of hours in. The owner’s hospitality can help point you in the direction of your next favourite book! From the wide selection of literary goodies, it will be impossible to leave empty-handed. In addition to books, there is also a variety of vintage vinyl and stereo equipment in the back of the store.
8. Where To Eat & Drink
Panache Bakery is where you want to go to sit back, relax, and stuff your face with their delicious baked goods! This quaint bakery makes food without the use of preservatives or additives. You’ll find everything from scones, danishes, to take home dinners!
Known as Gananoque’s best coffee spot, Laverne’s Eatery is serving up their handcrafted espresso. At Laverne’s Eatery, no matter what your dietary restrictions are you will find something to curb your appetite! This modern diner is completed with an awesome counter made of books!
After that, hop over to local fav the Gananoque Brewing Company for a tasting tour! Sample the brew, like the famous Naughty Otter Lager or Bell Ringer IPA and enjoy the tasting room atmosphere. The GBC prides itself on using local ingredients and partnering with local farmers. It’s the perfect spot to unwind with friendly staff to make it even more welcoming!
Eat, drink, game and be jolly! This list wouldn’t be complete without recommending that you and your pals stop in at the famous Shorelines Casino! With bright lights, tons of fun games to potentially win big, as well as scrumptious food including ‘All-you-can-eat’ Prime Rib.
10. Where To Stay
Stay at the Gananoque Inn that is deeply rooted in local history. The suites are adorned in Victorian charm and there’s a luxurious dining room. Check out the gorgeous view of the St. Lawrence River!
There’s also the option of staying at TheWoodview Inn. Originally designed by famed architect Robert Gage in 1874 and completed in 1877. The suites available at Woodview are absolutely jaw-dropping in beauty and includes features such as a marble fireplace, in-suite jacuzzi, and a king-size bed.
Edited & Updated By Lindsay Medeiros