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On The Majestic St. Lawrence

Gananoque and the 1000 Islands is a world-class destination with spectacular scenery, breathtaking water views and endless things to do – no matter what time of the year you visit. Featuring two world famous UNESCO designated sites including Frontenac Arch Biosphere and Rideau Heritage Route and amid the spectacular scenery of lush woodlands, rock and cobalt-blue water, the 1,864 islands that make up the 1000 Islands truly lives up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

  • 3 hrs from
    Toronto
  • 1.5 hr from
    Ottawa
  • 2.5 hrs from
    Montreal
Take To The Sky
Take To The Sky
Canada's Dockside Theatre
Canada's Dockside Theatre
Explore The Islands
Explore The Islands
1000 Islands Tower
1000 Islands Tower
Explore The Landon Bay Centre
Explore The Landon Bay Centre

Take To The Sky

1000 Islands Helicopter Tours offer the most spectacular views with unique tours. This is the journey of a lifetime as you’ll be mesmerized by the richness and beauty of the 1000 Islands only seen from the air. Experience a private and intimate setting in the helicopter with personal narration of the region by the pilot. The magnificent sights are a perfect photographic opportunity, so cameras are a must for each flight. You can also take home the memories by purchasing your personalized high-definition videos of your tour that you will remember forever!

The sky’s the limit when planning your next trip. Start making it happen on our searchable trip planner, 

Canada’s Dockside Theatre

The Thousand Islands Playhouse has been called “the most charming theatre in Canada.” High praise for sure, but as soon as you lay eyes on its two heritage theatre venues set against the scenic 1000 Islands backdrop, you’ll find yourself agreeing. In fact, this is the most active theatre in Eastern Ontario and is one of the top five summer festivals in Ontario, recognized along with the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. The Gananoque playhouse began life in 1982 and operates out the Springer Theatre and the smaller Firehall Theatre – that sit side by side along the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

The Springer Theatre is the Playhouse’s flagship building and was built in 1909 as the Gananoque Canoe Club. All of the theatre’s vintage, turn-of-the-century boathouse craftsmanship has been preserved. Inside, the auditorium seats 360 and features a grand arched stage. Before your show starts, or during intermission, you can walk the Springer Theatre’s long outer decks, feel the breeze coming off the water and take in a perfect panoramic view of the St. Lawrence and its 1000 Islands.

The Firehall Theatre is just slightly up the street, sits this historic building, built back in 1913 as the Gananoque Police Station and Firehouse. Here, theatre is a more intimate affair and this location hosts many community events and concerts.

Explore The Islands

1000 Islands Kayaking is a refreshing and rewarding way to experience the 1000 Islands. Their kayaking tours are designed with beginners in mind, so practically everyone can participate in day trips, lessons and specialty programs. 

Have an unforgettable 1000 Island experience with one of their half-day guided trips, full-day guide trips or on a two-night camping trip.

1000 Islands Tower 

This unique tourist attraction, is the only one of it’s kind in the 1000 Islands. From the top you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the 1000 Islands & St. Lawrence River.

During its open season (spring through fall), the elevator runs continuously and takes only 40 seconds to reach the first of three observation decks. Here, visitors have a spectacular photographic opportunity as they enjoy the panoramic view of the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence River stretched out 130 meters or 400′ below. In addition, a tour guide is always available at the first level to explain the area and answer questions.

Explore The Landon Bay Centre

Nestled in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, explore over 225 acres of lush greenery at Landon Bay Centre. Hike along trails that vary from easy to moderate and stop and gaze at the scenery of the 1000 Islands.

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