This summer, discover 1000 Islands, Ontario

Have the ultimate family fun vacation in a region that offers endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture

Thousand islands

The 1000 Islands region is a wildly popular destination for families looking for a refreshing, authentic outdoor vacation.

Located along the border between southeastern Ontario and northern New York State, vacationers have been coming to the 1000 Islands for more than 150 years.

Lighthouses, historic castles, maritime museums, world-class fishing, quaint downtown shopping, on-the-water dining, and many more family activities are what make the 1000 Islands a must-see destination.

Here are just a few ways to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the 1000 Islands and delight your whole family:

Playtrium in Kingston 

Kingston’s largest indoor playground consists of 1,115 square metres (12,000 sq. ft.) filled with family fun, including a multi-level climbing structure, arcade games, toddler section, parent lounge, family restaurant and a Drop & Shop.


Kayaking in the 1000 Islands

Truly experience the St. Lawrence River with expert guided full-day and half-day trips offered by the 1000 Islands Kayaking Company.

Leisurely adventures of this historically charming and ecologically rich area will allow your family to take in the beauty of the river and islands from up close. Paddle with the wildlife and reconnect with our living landscape and your family. No experience is necessary. 

The company is located in Gananoque, Ont., but 1000 Islands Kayaking also has two satellite locations in nearby Kingston and Brockville that offer specialty programs.


The 1000 Islands Tower

The 1000 Islands Tower is a unique tourist attraction, the only one of its kind in the region. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the 1000 Islands & St. Lawrence River from this special vantage point.

Running continuously, the tower elevator takes only 40 seconds to reach the first of three observation decks and provide visitors with a spectacular photo opportunity as they enjoy the panoramic view of the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence River, stretched out 130 metres or 400 feet below.
From the top, you’ll see the best of what the area has to
offer. The tower is open Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of October.


Thousand Islands
National Park of Canada

Relax and play on the beautiful breezy banks of the St. Lawrence River. Mallorytown Landing has all the ingredients for family fun: new barbecue facilities and a beautiful gazebo, as well as interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, live animals that kids of all ages can touch and hold, nature programs, and a playground. Park interpreters are available to share stories of the park, while you’ll definitely make memories and stories of your own!

Located between Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, the Mallorytown Landing Day Use Area is a perfect meeting point for families. To reserve the gazebo or picnic shelter free of charge, contact the park.


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