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Explore the natural beauty that surrounds the Town of Gananoque. The Gananoque Trail System is made up of a 12 km perimeter hike that may be divided into three return to trailhead loops.

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Concerts in the Park

Gananoque's unique outdoor concert series offers an opportunity to experience a variety of music.
 All in two incredible outdoor settings, Confederation Park located on the banks of the Gananoque River,
and in the historic Town Park in the park Gazebo.

Putt'n Play Mini Golf

Eastern Ontario's Premiere Miniature Golf
18 Hole 1000 Islands themed miniature golf course featuring waterfall and lake.
On site Nestle Scoops Ice Cream Shop and "The Dog Father" Gourmet Hot Dogs.
613 382-PUTT (7888)

Hiking and Walking Trails

Experience the tranquility and sense of spiritual presence
as you wander the gardens, fern glen, meadows and trails.
Landon Bay offers the visitor a selection of trails with interesting environmental features: The Landon Bay Centre is dedicated to protecting our natural environment with low impact facilities and activities. The Center operates the closest campground to Gananoque and the Thousand Islands. Facing the St Lawrence River, in the heart of the historic Thousand Islands region, the Barbara Heck Foundation promotes and maintains a 220 acre Ecological Reserve in the Canadian Thousand Islands-Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.

Waterfront Trail

The Waterfront Trail has been an instrumental part of Lake Ontario’s regeneration. Along it you will find a 740 km celebration of nature and culture – where peaceful countryside, small towns and big cities are linked in bringing Lake Ontario to this province's residents and visitors, alike.
Gananoque is one of the communities connected
to the trail and is highlighted on the Waterfront Trail Website.

Gananoque Murals

In August of 2001, downtown Gananoque saw the unveiling of its first historical mural. This downtown Gananoque scene lets visitors and resident relive Gananoque in 1920. In October, 2001 a second historical mural was unveiled. It depicts an actual fall church service at famous Half Moon Bay. Eight faces have been purchased by local residents of Gananoque.
Come enjoy the heart of downtown Gananoque. With unique shops and exquisite restaurants you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle in the 1000 Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River stands as a remembrance of the magnificence of a bygone era...a monument of love on Heart Island of George C. Boldt for his wife Louise.  If you haven't seen Boldt Castle lately, you haven't seen Boldt Castle. Visit Heart Island, imagine the magnificence that might have been.
Wander through Boldt Castle and  let your thoughts take you into another world.
This romantic Island provides the setting for the saddest true love story ever told.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Giant sand dunes and golden beaches form two of the largest freshwater baymouth sandbars in the world here, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Efforts to stabilize shifting sands disturbed by farming have revived distinctive dune plants such as bluets, butterfly weed and sand spurge. Trails feature dune stairs to protect this delicate vegetation.


 Brockville Ontario Speedway

Address: RR4 Brockville ON
Telephone: Track (613) 345-6324, Office (613) 348-3998
Description: Welcome to the Brockville Ontario Speedway, Eastern Ontario's fast quarter mile clay oval. The B.0.S. is located just 6 miles (11 kilometres) north of Brockville, just off Highway 29 and features short track racing action featuring the 358 DIRT Modified, DIRT Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Novice and the  4 cylinder Rookie class.


Upper Canada Village

Telephone: (613) 543-3704 or Toll Free 1-800-437-2233

Escape to another time and place, amidst the sights and sounds of an 1860s village. You'll meet loads of friendly folk from the past as you visit over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon and boat rides, shopping, food and family fun.



Things to do in Gananoque & the Area


The Bonnechere Caves

Under a hill of limestone, said by geologists to have been the bottom of a tropical sea 500 million years ago, the Caves present a weird and wonderful sight. Stalactites, or rock icicles formed at the rate of one cubic inch in 150 years, hang from the ceiling and the handiwork of nature is enhanced by electric lights. Entombed in the rock and preserved forever can be seen fossils of coral and sea creatures alive long before the age of the Dinosaurs. Millions of years in the making, the Bonnechere Caves are a thrill for the sightseer.

St. Lawrence River - The St. Lawrence River is one of the great rivers of the world, stretching for 775 miles. It carries the fresh water of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic and provides access to the heart of North America. The upper St. Lawrence is graced by pink granite and limestone islands, large and tiny, for a distance of sixty miles. The Upper St. Lawrence and the Thousand Islands area near Kingston and Gananoque was once called The Garden of the Great Spirit by the Native Americans.

 Rideau Waterway

The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals winding 202 km from Kingston, at the head of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada's capital city. One of Canada's historic canals, the Rideau is maintained and operated by Parks Canada to preserve and present the canal's natural and historic features, as well as to provide a navigable channel for boaters.

 Smiths Falls Railway Museum

The Smiths Falls Canadian Northern Railway station which the museum is housed in,
was the last major station built by the CNoR on its Toronto to Ottawa line.
The Line was completed in 1913 and the station was officially opened in 1914.
The route from Ottawa serviced Smiths Falls, Portland, Chaffeys locks (on the Rideau Canal) Sydenham,
Harrowsmith and Napanee and beyond to Toronto in direct competition with the Canadian Pacific just across town.
Unable to compete with the CPR, the Federal Government took over the CNoR in 1919 and it then formed part of Canadian National Railways and served Smiths Falls until it was abandoned in 1979.

Fort Wellington

Built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence Frontier, Fort Wellington was used by British soldiers and Canadian militiamen until 1923. Over 110 years, they were called out to face American threats in 1813, 1838 and 1866. Even though for most of the 19th century the St. Lawrence was a peaceful frontier, men-at-arms made their home at Fort Wellington — just in case. Today, visitors to the site will see what life was like at a British fort in the mid-1840s. There are furnished period rooms and costumed guides who provide historical interpretation.

Queen's University

Queen's historic main campus: located in the city of Kingston, crossroads between 3 major urban Canadian centres: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa.

Jorstadt Castle

Jorstadt Castle is located on what the nautical charts refer to as Dark Island in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Island was so named by early navigators to whom it appeared dark with its high granite peak covered with giant pine trees. The Castle was built in 1896 for Commodore Frederick G. Bourne, fourth President of the Singer Sewing Manufacturing Company. Bourne, an avid hunter and fisherman, had purchased the island with the intent of having a hunting lodge built there.

Fort Henry

Sentries guard the entrance to this 19th century British military fortress, only to let you in if you are ready to enter British garrison life during the year of Canada's confederation ...

The Antique Boat Museum

Where can you tour a magnificent 106' Gilded-Age houseboat, row an elegant St. Lawrence skiff, take a thrilling triple-cockpit runabout ride, explore fascinating exhibits about the legendary 1000 Islands and see more than 100 historic pleasure boats on display, all in the same day? The Antique Boat Museum, of course, home of North America's original antique boat show and auction

The Frederic Remington Art Museum

The Frederic Remington Art Museum is located at 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting the art and archives of Frederic Remington, and contains an unmatched collection of his works. The Museum is open November 1 - April 30, Wednesday -Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm and May 1 - October 31, Monday -Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Attractions 1000 Islands Gananoque Canada


A 37 km cycling and jogging path hugs the shoreline of the St. Lawrence in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Widely known as one of the finest bikeways in Canada, the parkway is well serviced with cycling rental and repair, restaurants and accommodations lining the water's edge. Day-trips to in-land villages and towns are a favorite pastime. Path goes from Gananoque to Brockville .Your journey on the bikeway will provide you with a view of the unique vegetation and wildlife of the area as well as the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
Fishing & Hunting
Gananoque is world renowned for its muskie, pike and bass fishing. Guided fishing charters are widely available from many experienced fishing guides or use your own tackle and fish directly from Gananoque's picturesque waterfront. In the winter, ice-fishing huts dot the St. Lawrence, in numbers rivaling the islands. The 1000 Islands, a major duck flyway, offers fabulous fall duck hunting.
Boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, scuba diving, water taxis and charters - there’s no better place to enjoy the water than in the scenic 1000 Islands.  The best freshwater sailing and power boating in North America. With over 500 private and public boat slips in the region Gananoque is a boater's paradise.
Gananoque offers excellent shopping opportunities with something for everyone. In addition, Gananoque is unique, half-way between Kingston and Brockville, shopping alternatives range from factory outlet malls to super malls and only minutes away!
Parks & Camping
Provincial and National parks, private and public campgrounds are close at hand along the 1000 Islands Parkway. For a truly unique camping experience, overnight camp sites are available on several of the islands in the St. Lawrence Islands National Park
Cruises of the 1000 Islands
You can cruise in small, private yachts or in large well-equipped triple deckers that travel over 60 miles among the scenic 1000 Islands. Most companies offer a choice of one- or three-hour cruises

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