South Eastern Ontario is a feast for the eyes. Discover it through unique sightseeing experiences! This is a place where waterways and islands are in abundance and where wildlife is ready to share its space with you. Revel in exploring the word around you in South Eastern Ontario by visiting some of its signature attractions.
With more than 40 wineries all offering niche wines and experiences, wine tours are a unique way to discover the true essence of Prince Edward County. Get started with The Prince Edward Winegrower’s Association interactive map to plan your own wine tour, or tour South Eastern Ontario’s trendy microbreweries and distilleries to see how beer and spirits are made and what the latest is on tap. See a list of breweries in the Bay of Quinte region and Prince Edward County here.
Consider pairing your spirits with a food trail. Eating locally is a way of life in South Eastern Ontario, and appreciating the food produced here is paramount. Taste trails offer the chance to connect farm to plate – meeting local producers and sometimes getting a glimpse at where your food is produced. A perspective-gaining experience. Find out more about food trails in South Eastern Ontario.
For an extra delicious twist, visit a farmers market or rural roadside stand across South Eastern Ontario to drive home the authenticity of locally produced foods.
The Aquatarium in Brockville is an exciting attraction for visitors boasting a 27,000 square foot aquarium and discovery centre. See live river otters in the water at feeding time; get your hands wet in the touch tank, sail in a reconstructed 18th century warship, try a ropes course and enjoy this interactive and entertaining museum that provides hands-on experiences and exhibits year-round!
Unique from the start of the elevator ascent to the last step at the top: the 1000 Islands Tower tourist attraction is the only one of its kind in the 1000 Islands and once at the top you can 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 provides visitors with a spectacular photographic opportunity. You’ll be spellbound by the panoramic views of the 1000 Islands and St Lawrence River, stretched out 130 metres below.
Soar in the forest canopy while propelling through Skywood Eco Adventure Park near Brockville. Courses cater to individual skill level and combine fun and nature appreciation while adding that coveted element of excitement. Explore treehouse villages, ziplining, games and obstacles which make this a tree-top adventure that will create memories for a lifetime.
Witness the 200-year-old mill stones grind locally-grown heritage wheat into flour at The Old Stone Mill National Historic Site in Delta along the Rideau Heritage Route! A free tour here reveals milling technology and 1800s industrial heritage dating back to 1810 with interpretive displays, a working waterwheel and much more.
This former military safe haven is now a living museum: Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada! This fort in Prescott was built during the War of 1812 to protect the important St. Lawrence shipping route. A visit to Fort Wellington today offers a glimpse into what life would have been like during the 1840’s for the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment stationed there. The fort is packed with interesting exhibits, preserved buildings and military artifacts. You can even learn how to fire a real cannon!
Standing majestically in Kingston, Fort Henry National Historic Site was built to guard the convergence of the Rideau Canal, Lake Ontario and the mighty St. Lawrence River – gateway to the world famous 1000 Islands. Fort Henry and the Rideau Canal are the only recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ontario. Today, Fort Henry offers exhibit and museum tours, live artillery demonstrations, mock battles, a daily half hour Fort Henry Guard parade, guided tours and even sunset ceremonies mid-week throughout the summer. The award-winning, performance incorporates 3D projection technology with spectacular sound and lights. This amazing show features a mock battle and showcases the talents of the Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad and the Artillery Detachment. You’ll be awed with cannon fire plus heart-pounding military music.
History springs to life at Upper Canada Village! Located in Morrisburg, this community set in the 1860s is one of the largest living-history sites in the country. Upper Canada Village allows visitors to experience pre-confederation life on the St. Lawrence River through hands-on exploration and education by costumed interpreters.
Find out why The National Air Force Museum of Canada has earned a national reputation as the place for aviation enthusiasts to visit. See the largest number of aircraft on static display and the most skilled team of restoration volunteers of any military museum in the country. The museum in Bay of Quinte presents more than 3,500 artifacts and memorabilia depicting major historical events, notable aviation achievements, as well as the social history of Canada’s Air Force.
Take the leap and see South Eastern Ontario from a unique perspective: while skydiving. This is the most beautiful place to cross something off your bucket list. Seeing the scenery from the sky above Gananoque and the 1000 Islands is stunning. Skydive Gananoque caters to all skill levels, providing tandem jumps and all the required equipment for the experience of a lifetime. Seasoned jumpers also have a blast with Skydive Gananoque, as it is the oldest skydiving school in Canada under the same management. Get ready to be awe-struck by the sheer beauty of the island stretching out before you.
After discovering the region by air, explore what lies beneath the smooth surface of the water. This region is known as a haven for fresh water scuba diving enthusiasts as real life shipwrecks rest at the bottom of the St. Lawrence River and the Lost Villages provide fodder for the imagination. Fresh-water wreck diving allows an unforgettable underwater experience as ships of all sizes have sunk at various times during shipping, commercial and recreational use. Get in touch with a local diving company to explore further and read on for a quick guide to local shipwrecks.
Go to the other extreme and take to the air with 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours. Feel the exhilaration of flying first class above the 1000 Islands! Experience the beauty, romance, grandeur, and all that the 1000 Islands has to offer.
Boat cruises offer unique opportunities to get out on the water with friends and family – while learning about interesting cultural anecdotes. With cruises along the Rideau Canal, in the Bay of Quinte region, as well as Gananoque, Kingston, Brockville, Prince Edward County and near Cornwall, getting out on the water is an easy way to make memories – just don’t forget the camera!
Kingston Trolley Tours offers tours of historic Kingston, aboard four comfortable 32-passenger trolleys. The trolley is the ideal way to enjoy Kingston’s history and attractions, with hop-on-and-off capabilities so sightseeing is as easy as a jump away.