If you’re looking for water, you’ve found it in The Great Waterway. Long ago the 1000 Islands was patrolled by pirates and bootleggers; today, it’s a sightseer’s paradise. Take one of the many cruises offered and discover a castle or view opulent vacation homes and rich wildlife. Head north and cruise The Rideau Canal or set sail in Land O’Lakes where 5000 lakes are waiting.
The forested shorelines and broad waterways of the 1000 Islands in South Eastern Ontario stretch from Kingston to Brockville and bear no hint of a darker past of pirates and prohibition bootleggers. Now dotted with peaceful waterfront villages just waiting to be discovered on a scenic 1000 Islands cruise, this area is all sailboats and lighthouses. Staying at a riverside hotel puts you steps from the dock for a romantic dinner cruise, or you can push off from Kingston, Brockville, Rockport and Gananoque for a full 1000 Islands cruise including romantic Boldt Castle.
Any 1000 Islands cruise mixes stories of larger-than-life characters with lavish homes of the rich and famous. History here is as much below as above the waves, with crystal clear waters and an abundance of shipwrecks, the 1000 Islands also offers a lost ships tour. Wrecks of old ships that met a watery end now make for some of this areas greatest folklore.
Once patrolled by pirates and bootleggers, the 1000 Islands between Kingston and Brockville are now a sightseer’s paradise where you’re just as likely to discover historic castles and quaint waterfront villages as opulent vacation homes and rich wildlife. Here’s what you can expect from the six cruise operators setting off in the 1000 Islands this summer.
Climb aboard the ‘Wildcat’ and experience the Islands like never before as you’re wisked into the heart of the 1000 Islands on their two-hour “AdrenIsland” cruise featuring a view of both Boldt and Singer Castles or, experience the Cat for less aboard the one-hour “Singer Castle Express”.
Ontario Signature Experience: Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise
With five triple-decker aluminum vessels at its disposal, Gananoque Boat Line is the oldest and largest cruise operator in the 1000 Islands. That size and experience allows it to offer traditional one-hour tours of the islands around Gananoque and Ivy Lea as well as a rare five-hour Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise and a 2.5-hour Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise. They also have a full lineup of evening tours, including a pirate cruise, dinner and dancing cruises, live music cruises, and a murder mystery dinner cruise.
At Kingston 1000 Island Cruises our theme is Food, Fun and Entertainment Ships! We are committed to fine foodservices, interactive entertainment and first rate service aboard all of our vessels. To our guests we offer daily sightseeing cruises, private charters and a complete dining experience. Our boarding pier is located downtown Kingston, surrounded by unique historic limestone buildings, Confederation Park, and lively outdoor cafes and pubs. Choose between three ships including the glass top vessel “The Island Star”, the “Island Queen” a Mississippi paddlewheeler, or the replica St. Lawrence Steamer “The Island Belle”.
Ontario Signature Experience: Palaces & Palisades Cruise
Cruise in the “heart” of the exhilarating 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River. The stuff of Fairy Tales – Boldt Castle, Zavikon Island and Millionaire’s Row are only a taste of the adventure aboard our one hour cruise in the “Heart” of the 1000 Islands. Cruise every hour – discover exhilarating panoramic views and the rugged nature of the Thousand Islands aboard any of our breathtaking cruises. Dining in the 1000 Islands – enjoy a relaxing country buffet while cruising through the “Heart” of the 1000 islands during our two hour International Lunch Cruise.
This family business that’s been operating for thirty-three years offers a four-day, three-night voyage of the 1000 Islands that boards and disembarks from Kingston. The stately Canadian Empress — which features two decks, a dining room, a grand salon, a lounge and three observation decks — will be your guide as you meander your way amongst the bays, channels and passages of the Thousand Islands. The tour also includes stops at Fort Wellington and a bus trip to the 1000 Islands SkyDeck, among a variety of other activities. Your overnight ports will be 1000 Islands Anchorage, Ivy Lea and Brockville.
Rideau King Tours
Cruise along the historic Rideau Canal in a fifty foot steel tour boat that sails Monday through Thursday from it’s home port of Merrickville. Constructed in the early 1800’s the Rideau Canal has served Canadians as a military, commercial and vacation thoroughfare for almost 200 years.
It stretches from Kingston to Ottawa and has 45 locks all in picturesque rural and urban settings. Take one of our daily tours and discover one of the most scenic waterways in North America.
Bay of Quinte Fishing Charters – Starting at $240 +HST
Helicopter Winter Escape – $350 +HST
Maple Syrup Tour – $350 +HST
Ski & Helicopter Package – $619 +HST Per Person