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On the Majestic St. Lawrence

Gananoque and the 1000 Islands is 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 a one of the most beautiful places on earth.

While you’re taking in one of this area’s attractions, which include; professional live theatre, a casino, helicopter rides, sky diving and amazing dining options, don’t forget to pause for a photo because it’s sure to be spectacular.

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Gananoque 1000 Islands at its Best

Cruise to the Heart of the 1000 Islands
Cruise to the Heart of the 1000 Islands
See the 1000 Islands, Helicopter Style
See the 1000 Islands, Helicopter Style
The Most Charming Theatre in Canada
The Most Charming Theatre in Canada
Go ATVing!
Go ATVing!
Nothing Compares to a Castle
Nothing Compares to a Castle

Cruise to the Heart of the 1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands has never been more breathtaking as you cruise by majestic castles and whispers of a thousand legends. You can see 1000 view of 1000 islands while aboard two boat cruise operators fleets.

Gananoque Boat Line

The oldest and largest cruise line in the 1000 Islands has five triple-decker, all-aluminum vessels. It promises family fun and entertainment on deck, along with a sterling reputation for the best cruises in the 1000 Islands, including the signature experience of the Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise.

Four popular day cruises take you to the most popular sights in the 1000 Island, these include:

– 1 hour Beauty of the Islands Cruise (Gananoque departure)
– 1 hour Ivy Lea Cruise (1000 Island Bridge departure)
– 5 hour Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise (Gananoque departure)
– 5 hour Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise (Gananoque departure)

Set sail on a sunset dinner cruise with the 1000 Islands as your backdrop or relive the sounds of yesterday with live entertainment onboard a beautiful cruise.


Rockport Cruises

Rockport Cruises showcases all the major features of the islands including Zavikon Island, Boldt Castle and Millionaire’s Row. The most popular cruise, Palaces & Palisades of the 1000 Islands is an Ontario Signature Experience. Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise or take in a two castle tour.

Rockport Cruises has the advantage of being in the Heart of the 1000 Islands, so they can show you all the highlights the islands have to offer on any of their cruises. Rockport Cruises offers 7 different cruises, each one showcasing exhilarating panoramic views and the rugged nature of the 1000 Islands plus a view or visit to the famous Boldt Castle on every tour. Each season brings something special to the 1000 Islands and it is a photographer’s dream come true. There is no better way to experience the contrast of blue skies, bright foliage and golden hues, crimson reds and fiery oranges and all of mother nature’s brilliance than from the St. Lawrence River.

Ready to ride the waves, start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

See the 1000 Islands, Helicopter Style

Experience the beauty, romance and grandeau with a bird’s-eye view of the 1000 Islands! Lift off from 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours’ state of the art facility which offers a welcome lounge, outdoor viewing area, and plenty of parking for RVs and tour buses. See the unspoiled beauty of the St. Lawrence, marvel at the vastness of the Ivy Lee Bridge and view the richness of the 1000 Islands. Find romance, love and excitement with the breathtaking views of the most iconic landmarks in the Islands, Boldt and Singer Castles.


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, Activities Await.

The Most Charming Theatre in Canada

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.

The stage is set for your next vacation. Start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

Discover Snow-Covered Trails

This is winter fun at its finest! Go on an outdoor adventure that the whole family will love! Drive your own ATV or rent one at Vanridge ATV Tours and Trails. Hit the rugged Ontario trails and travel through the wilderness on a truly Canadian adventure. This is one of the most rewarding and refreshing ways to experience the forestry in the 1000 Island Region. Remember to dress accordingly – running in the snow is awesome but it can be chilly.

Nothing Compares to a Castle

The 1000 Islands is home to two stunning and majestic castle that are both available to view.

Boldt Castle

Today, Boldt Castle, located in the famed 1000 Islands is being painstakingly restored and once again becoming what it was always meant to be, a magnificent attraction and premier estate. A visit to Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House will bring you back to a time past and enchant you with a tragic, timeless love story. Boldt Castle, is located on Heart Island, in the United States, and is only accessible by water. From Canada, visitors may find cruises to this grand estate on Gananoque Boat Line or Rockport Cruises.

In 1900, at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt construction began on Boldt Castle. This magnificent castle was to be a tribute to his beloved wife Louise and was designed as their summer dream home. However, it was not to be, Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island, leaving the property vacant for over seventy years.

The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA), who now owns and operates Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House, invites you to see the Castles’ legendary beauty nestled among the St. Lawrence Rivers’ 1000 Islands. This stunning manor will keep you returning year after year!


Singer Castle

The formidable Singer Castle can be found on Dark Island, in New York state. This is the only remaining/existing castle on the river to be completed, fully furnished and resided in during the heyday of the great builders and industrials on the St. Lawrence River. The Castle remained in the possession of the original owners, the Bourne family, from its construction in 1905 until the mid 1960’s. Frederick Bourne was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which is where the name “Singer Castle” came from. When the Bourne family summered there, it was called “The Towers” which comes from the inspiration that Ernest Flagg, the architect whom designed this structure.

Singer Castle, on Dark Island, is located in the St. Lawrence Seaway in the United States and is only accessible by water. From Canada, you may find cruises to this beautiful island on Gananoque Boat Line or Rockport Cruises.

Explore the marvels further and start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

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