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1000 Islands Cruise

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1000 Islands Cruise

We are planning an anniversary weekend away at Gananoque or Kingston and would like to do the 1000 Cruise. Does anyway have tips or advice as to accommodations, restaurants etc. This is a special anniversary so would like it to be special.

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1. Re: 1000 Islands Cruise

Hello scottie051,

The only place I've stayed in Kingston or Gan is the Holiday Inn Express in Gananoque. It was an average hotel, but we had a room with a Jacuzzi tub for two, which was nice.

When in the area I would suggest taking the cruise from Gananoque Boat Lines and be sure to bring your passports if you want to get off the boat at Boldt Castle. Across one of the international bridges on Hill Island is the 1000 Islands Skydeck which will give nice views of the area on a sunny day. There are also a lot of hiking trails in the area if you are the outdoor type.

On your way back west I suggest you follow Lake Ontario out of Kingston and take the free ferry to Prince Edward County if seeing Lake on the Mountain or Sandbanks Provincial Parks seems interesting to you.

Kingston would have more options for hotels and restaurants, but I don't know enough about any to make suggestions.

Maybe if you post this on the Kingston forum instead of the Niagara Falls forum you may get some more responses.

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Hi Scottie051,

Welcome to the NIAGARA FALLS TRAVEL FORUM.

Good info here from my esteemed colleague IRISH HONEYMOONERS...

But indeed SOME HOW your post as ended up in the wrong FORUM... so you can expect at some point it will "disappear"... (when "The Owls" ~ TA Moderators find it it no doubt will be deemed OFF TOPIC ~ WRONG FORUM).

So you need to repost... suggest you do so in the GANANOQUE (Gateway to the 1000 Islands) FORUM as that seems to be the "focus" of your getaway. Also means you'll be able to "tap in" to the various Local Advisors & DEs in Eastern Ontario.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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Hi Scottie051;

The Gananoque forum is here on TA;

tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g182143-i1641-Ganan…

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HI scottie051,

Your topic was reported as having been posed in the wrong forum, so I have moved it on your behalf to the Gananoque forum. I hope you find the information you need to plan your upcoming travels.

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TA_Jane

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Edited: 27 April 2011, 13:29
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I'd suggest staying in Kingston, and doing a day trip over to Gananoque for the boat tour. Kingston has a much wider choice of accommodations and restaurants, and is a lovely city for strolling around.

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Hi Scottie051;

Now that your post is located on the correct forum...

In Gananoque, I would strongly recommend the Islandview Inn Bed & Breakfast, which is located only 1 block from where the tour boats dock, and the St Lawrence River.

tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g182143-d619664-…

www.islandviewinnbb.com/

While in Gananoque, check out;

The Thousand Islands Playhouse for great live theatre.

tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g182143-c88400/Gananoq…

http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/

1000 Islands Skydeck

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g1200493-d1…

http://www.1000islandsskydeck.com/home.php

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Thanks for the info and I realized after I posted that I was on the Niagara forum!!!!

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You're Welcome !

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Hi Scottie051,

Lol… Welcome to the GANANOQUE TRAVEL FORUM

(Thanks go out to TA-JANE for the relocation of your original post).

KINGSTON

Kingston is a small city… and much to see and do in the summertime… it is certainly one of my favourite Eastern Ontario Destinations… that said, when it comes to romance Gananoque is a good Destination as well.

Wikipedia – Kingston, Ontario = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_Ontario

Kingston Tourism = http://tourism.kingstoncanada.com

It is true Kingston has better Hotels and Restaurants … BUT Gananoque is a good assortment of Country Inns and B&Bs and some decent Restaurants (if you know where to look). If Hotels is your style… then I’d head to Kingston.

That said, I’d still encourage you to explore both locations over a weekend, as both are quite different from one another.

At just 2 Hours aprox from Ottawa, Mr Wine & I head down to Kingston & the 1000 Islands area frequently (was just there this past weekend again)... It is truly a gorgeous area to visit with much to see and do.

If staying in Kingston… I would suggest either of the Holiday Inns… the one up by the 401 (Holiday Inn Express) is fairly new construction, and the one in town on the waterfront underwent a huge makeover (as part of the Holiday Inn rebranding to HI ) last summer. As well I’ve heard good things about the Residence Inn also on the waterfront that opened last summer (still haven’t stayed there myself… but did do a quicky lobby tour, and the place looked great). The 4 Points Sheraton is also a nice hotel.

There are also some nice Inns and B&Bs in Kingston… including The Rosemount Inn & Spa and The Frontenac Club Inn.

Check the TA HOTELS and B&Bs / INNS REVIEWS (button to the left of this screen) for more info.

Other good resources are BB Canada.com (Kingston, Ontario) = bbcanada.com/ontario/eastern_ontario/kingston

Ontario’s Finest Inns & Spas = www.ontariosfinestinns.com

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As for Restaurants in Kingston there is much to choose from… something for everyone’s taste. There are several FORUM Topics on the KINGSTON FORUM about Restaurants… you do a FORUM SEARCH to find them.

When it comes to eats… Mr Wine & I depending on our mood have enjoyed… The Keg, Woodenheads, Frankie Pestos, Pan Chancho (Bakery, Deli, Cafe... a good place to pick up picnic supplies), The Toucan / Kirkpatricks Pub, Chez Piggy, The Lone Star, Pilot House, and King Street Sizzle.

Again you’ll find much info in the TA RESTAURANT REVIEWS Section (button with that name to the left of this screen).

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Kingston favourites when it comes to THINGS TO DO include… Seeing the many boats along the harbourfront – taking a tour (Audio ~ FREE / Walking / Haunted / Trolley) – visit the Kingston Public Market (Saturdays) or the Kingston Antique Market (Sundays) – International Hockey Hall of Fame – Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston (tour the CCG Ship the Alexander Henry a retired Ice Breaker) – Murney Tower a Parks Canada National Historic Site (now houses the Kingston Historical Society Museum) – Fort Frederick Martello Tower a Parks Canada National Historic Site (now houses the Royal Military College’s Museum) – and the Martello Towers are part of the defence system of Old Fort Henry a UNESCO World Heritage Site (always good, but especially so if you can see the Sunset Ceremonies held in the summertime) – tour Bellevue House (a Canada National Historic Site) – the Canadian Penitentiary Museum – or take a FREE Ferry Ride and explore Wolfe Island

Kingston Tourism FREE Audio Tours = …kingstoncanada.com/en/…walkingtours.asp

Kingston Walks = http://www.kingstonwalks.com/

Haunted Walk of Kingston = http://www.hauntedwalk.com/

Kingston Chamber of Commerce - Confederation Tour Trolley = kingstonchamber.on.ca/Tourism/Trolley/Confed…

Kingston Public Market = www.cityofkingston.ca/business/marketsquare/

International Hockey Hall of Fame = http://ihhof.com/shop/

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston = http://www.marmuseum.ca/

Wikipedia – CCGS Alexander Henry = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCGS_Alexander_Henry

Wikipedia – Murney Tower = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murney_Tower

Kingston Historical Society – Murney Tower = www.kingstonhistoricalsociety.ca/murney.html

Wikipedia – Fort Frederick (Martello Tower) = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Frederick_(Kingston)

Royal Military College Museum = http://www.rmc.ca/cam/mus/index-eng.asp

Wikipedia – Royal Military College of Canada = …wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Military_College_o…

Wikipedia – Old Fort Henry = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Henry,_Ontario

St Lawrence Parks – Fort Henry = http://www.forthenry.com/FH/index_e.aspx

Parks Canada – Bellevue House = www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/bellevue/index.aspx

Canadian Penitentiary Museum = http://www.penitentiarymuseum.ca/

Wikipedia – Wolfe Island = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfe_Island_(Ontario)

Wolfe Island Tourism = http://www.wolfeisland.com/

Wolfe Island Ferry Schedule = http://www.wolfeisland.com/ferry.php

For more info see the THINGS TO DO Listings here on TA and the corresponding REVIEWS (button to the left of this screen).

In addition, Kingston is a hopping place in the summertime with various Festivals, Shows, Events & Activities… most of them will be listed on the Kingston Tourism Website…

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If you are in the Kingston Area, it is also just a short jaunt to discover the southend of the Rideau Canal and Waterway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site… some of the most interesting and scenic Locks in the system being found “south of The Narrows”… including… Kingston Mills – Jones Falls – Davis Lock – Chaffey’s Lock – and The Narrows (all within 3 to 10 Kms off of Hwy 15 ~ The Rideau Canal Heritage Route).

One can even take a cruise on the Rideau Waterway between Chaffey’s Lock and Jones Falls and back... perhaps with a meal at either Historic Kenneys Hotel or The Opinicon Hotel at either end.

Although I personally am quite happy to pack a picnic and enjoy one of the Parks Canada sites along side the Locks and watch the boat traffic coming and going.

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GANANOQUE – “Gateway to the 1000 Islands”

Ganoque is aprox 30 Kms (30 Minutes) EAST of Kingston… and a prime example of small town Ontario… founded in the late 1700s by United Empire Loyalists its cultural roots are quite apparent in the many churches, architecture and the local culture. At just a “smidge” over 5000 in resident population, the town swells to many times that (and capacity) during the summertime with the visitors to the 1000 Islands. And with the summer season comes much to see and do, and many festivals, events etc.

Wikipedia – Gananoque = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gananoque,_Ontario

1000 Islands Tourism (Gananoque Chamber of Commerce) = http://1000islandsgananoque.com/

In Gan (as the locals call her) there are also some chain Hotels… personally other than the Holiday Inn here (which is also fairly new construction) the rest have been around for ages, and although clean are a bit tired IMHO (and I’ve stayed at / toured several).

Mr Wine & I much prefer the Gananoque Inn (also a member of Ontario’s Finest Inns & Spas)… or staying in one of the B&Bs when we need a couples getaway…

We did a “Romance Package” at the Gananoque Inn in May 2009 (Spring Season) and had a wonderful time. It was a flat rate package that included a Standard Room on the Waterfront (walk out to the lawn), a Bottle of Sparkling Wine with Chocolates, Dinner at the Watermark Restaurant, and the full Buffet Breakfast the next morning (also served in the Watermark).

Gananoque Inn & Spa = http://www.gananoqueinn.com/

We combined our visit with a cruise thru the Islands (Gananoque Boat Line), cocktails at the Casino, a play at the 1000 Islands Playhouse, and a Nightcap with a spot of live music at Paddy’s Pub across the street from the Gananoque Inn (now known as the Stonewater Pub). It was a nice one-night getaway (which we also combined with some time that we spent on the Saturday in nearby PE County at the annual Spring Terroir Wine & Food Event which happens each May).

1000 Islands Charity Casino = http://www.1000islandscharitycasino.com/

1000 Islands Playhouse = www.1000islandsplayhouse.com

Stonewater Pub and B&B = http://stonewaterbb.com/

Another good spot in Gan is The Athlone Inn… and they have an excellent Restaurant / Dining Room as well.

The Athlone Inn = www.athloneinn.ca

When it comes to cruises not all the cruises thru the 1000 Islands are created equally. Cruises out of Kingston focus primarily on sunset & dinner cruises, they tour the western most sector… which technically are the Frontenac Islands and not the 1000 Islands at all. Similary cruises out of Brockville focus primarily on the eastern sector… where there are fewer islands as well.

The BEST Cruises are in the center sector either offered by Gananoque Boat Line (out of Gananoque or Ivy Lea) or Rockport Boat Line out of Rockport (aprox 18 Kms EAST of Gananoque along the 1000 Islands Parkway).

Both of these focus on the middle portion of the 1000 Islands, where the island are most varied and concentrated… these are the two cruises that offer the best tours with the most info as well. And both cruise lines offer tours that stop at Boldt Castle.

Personally for a general cruise I much prefer the Gananoque Boat Line 3 Hour Cruise (or the 5 Hour with a stop at Boldt Castle… a MUST DO if you’ve never been, or haven’t visited in years… the 1000 Islands Bridge Authority is doing an amazing job with the Renovations)… OR the Dinner or Theme Cruises offered by Rockport Boat Lines are also excellent. Can highly recommend their 4th of July Fireworks Cruise… or their 2 Castle Cruises.

Wikipedia – Boldt Castle = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boldt_Castle

Boldt Castle = http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/

Gananoque Boat Line = www.ganboatline.com

Rockport Boat Line = www.rockportcruises.com

The whole area of the 1000 Islands is part of the bigger environmentally sensitive area as a registered UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known as the 1000 Islands-Frontenac Arch. So it is a great area for outdoor pursuits like bird-watching, hiking, canoeing & kayaking. It encompasses the 1000 Island Region as well as the southernmost parts of the Rideau Canal Waterway (from “The Narrows” downward… where the water flows towards the St Lawrence River and Lake Ontario).

Wikipedia – 1000 Islands-Frontenac Arch = …wikipedia.org/wiki/…93_Frontenac_Arch

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve = http://www.fabr.ca/

If you are an outdoorsy type… there are also lots of spots in the Kingston & 1000 Islands area that could satisfy your wants to Hike, Cycle, play Golf, Kayak, Canoe, or Sail (and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are big pursuits in the Wintertime).

The Parkland thru the 1000 Islands on the Canadian side is managed either by Parks Canada (St Lawrence Islands National Park) or the St Lawrence Parks Commission an agency of Ontario Tourism… you’ll find St Lawrence Parks Commission properties and sites spread out along side the River the whole 200 Kms from Kingston to Cornwall.

Wikipedia – St Lawrence Islands National Park = …wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Lawrence_Islands_Nat…

Parks Canada – St Lawrence Islands National Park = www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/lawren/index.aspx

Wikipedi – St Lawrence Parks Commission = …wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Lawrence_Parks_Commi…

St Lawrence Parks = www.parks.on.ca

A drive down the 1000 Islands Parkway is a MUST DO (aprox 40 Kms from Gananoque to Butternut Bay just outside of Brockville). The parkway is twinned with a popular cycling / hiking / walking route, and there are several parks along the way (including the mainland portion of the St Lawrence Islands National Park in Mallorytown), Ivy Lea Campground, and the Browns Bay Day Use Park… the Parkway is extremely scenic, and you can pull off in any of the turn-offs or anywhere along the route as long as you are well off the road… so as to take photos or enjoy a picnic.

Wikipedia - 1000 Islands Parkway = …wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_Islands_Parkway

St Lawrence Parks – Brown’s Bay Day Use Park = http://www.stlawrenceparks.com/bb.htm

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Overall there is a ton to see and do in the whole stretch of the 1000 Islands from Kingston to Cornwall. A stop at the tiny village of Rockport when you are out driving the Parkway is nice… Cornwalls Pub, the Boathouse Restaurant (and Inn) are all true gems. A good spot for a drink or a meal.

Brockville is charming in its historic architecture… and mansions (and with its many shipwrecks a favourite with scuba divers).

Farther east and you’ll find Prescott and several Parks Canada National Historic Sites (Fort Wellington and the Battle of the Windmill 1838)

Beyond that if you stick to Hwy 2 you’ll pass by the Historic Canals of the St Lawrence that used to carry the off-loaded ship cargo on barges thru the canals in this the narrowest and once shallowest (rapids) part of the St Lawrence… since the Great Lakes-St Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 you can now also see the nearby Iroquois Locks that replaced these canals.

Farther to the east and Morrisburg… with Upper Canada Village, Battle of Chrysler Farm 1813 and the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary

Between Ingleside and Long Sault you’ll find the Long Sault Parkway that form part of the St Lawrence Parks and links together by causeway some of the remains of land outcrops since the flooding… and nearby you’ll also find a memorial to the Lost Villages in Ault Park

And over in Cornwall one can find the St Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre that tells the story of the St Lawrence Seaway Valley… and the Lost Villages.

Hope this is helpful,

If you’d like additional info on anything just ask… as I have a ton of resources and personal experiences with much in the area.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS… If you tell us your exact dates, I can probably dig up some more info on what is happening when you’ll be in the region… (K-ROCK Centre – local Theatre – Historic Sites etc) if you feel uncomfortable putting that personal info here in an OPEN FORUM you can always drop me a PM (Personal Message)

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10. Re: 1000 Islands Cruise

Hi scottie051;

I should have added...

The Gananoque Boat Line is "The Only Boat Line that Shows You All the Islands!"

www.ganboatline.com/

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