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Driving from 1000 Islands to Quebec City.

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Driving from 1000 Islands to Quebec City.

We are planning on visiting 1000 Islands (Canadian side) and then driving to Quebec City. Can anyone suggest a motel or hotel somewhere along the 401 east not too far from the 1000 Islands so we could spend the night there before driving to Quebec? We would like to spend less than $100 if possible.

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1. Re: Driving from 1000 Islands to Quebec City.

There is a motel 6 right off the 401 in Kingston, at the Gardiner's Road exit. It was only built a few years ago so should be in good shape. I believe the rates don't exceed $100.

There are also several hotels in Gananoque as well that might be worth checking out. I believe if you look along the left side of this page, near the top, there is a link to 'Gananoque hotels'.


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Thank you! I will look into these.

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The 1000 Islands are a big area, so it's hard to know your exact route. If your drive to QC is starting in Gananoque, you might want to look at hotels in Brockville, the next sizable city to the east. (Kingston is west of Gananoque, so it'd be out of your way unless you were starting further west.)

I can't give a personal recommendation on Brockville hotels but a bunch of them have TripAdvisor reviews.

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Thank you mattInTO!

I just booked the Travelodge Brockville. It's about 40 min away but it will save us time the next morning on our way to QC.

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5. Re: Driving from 1000 Islands to Quebec City.

Hi Nora-K,

Welcome to the GANANOQUE (1000 Islands) TRAVEL FORUM

And I see that you are a Brand NEW Member of TripAdvisor… so a BIG Welcome Aboard as well !!

Here is a bit of a Backgrounder that might come in handy as you explore the 1000 Islands Region.

Technically the 1000 Islands Region spans from the Mouth of Lake Ontario thru to the Quebec-Ontario Border near Cornwall… a distance of aprox 200 Kms (120 Miles) and there truly are over 1000 Islands to be found here in the St Lawrence River shared equally between the USA & Canada

Wikipedia – 1000 Islands = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_Islands

The densest portion of the Islands spans from Kingston to Brockville… and the town of Gananoque is nicknamed “the Gateway to the 1000 Islands”.

Cruises of the 1000 Islands go out of Kingston – Gananoque – Ivy LeaRockport – and Brockville. By far the best ones begin in the middle portion (Gananoque - Ivy Lea - Rockport)... In this sector the primary cruise providers are… Gananoque Boat Lines = www.ganboatline.com and Rockport Boat Lines = www.rockportcruises.com

Gananoque Boat Lines offers 1, 2-1/2 and 5 Hour Cruises… the latter making a stop at historic and romantic Boldt Castle.

Rockport Boat Lines is the place to go to if you want to take part in a theme cruise… 2 Castle Tours, Dinner Cruises, etc.

Boating & Cruising is by far the most popular activity in the 1000 Islands…

BUT… IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE in the 1000 Islands… you’ll want to drive the very scenic 1000 Islands Parkway between Gananoque & Brockville (Butternut Bay). This aprox 50 Kms drive is considered to be one of the “prettiest drives in Canada).

The Parkway has many turn-outs where you can stop and take photos… or just pull of the side of the road and stop wherever you like… just make sure you are safely out of traffic.

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

IF you have the time… (an overnight or two is ideal)… the area has a lot on offer for Tourists… from WEST to EAST…

KINGSTON - One of Ontario's most historic small cities... was a Capital of Canada prior to Confederation (when we were Upper & Lower Canada) - pretty waterfront - Old Fort Henry (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - Parks Canada Historic Sites (Bellevue House) - Penitentiary Museum etc

HEART OF THE ISLANDS (area that spans primarily from Kingston to Brockville) – The town of Gananoque (Gananoque Boat Lines – 1000 Islands Playhouse – 1000 Islands Casino) – The 1000 Islands Parkway (from Gananoque to Butternut Bay at Brockville) – St Lawrence Parks (Ivy Lea for Camping - Brown`s Bay has a Beach & Picnic Ground) – Rockport Cruise Lines – Parks Canada ~ St Lawrence Islands National Park (Mallorytown Landing).

SEAWAY VALLEY – The portion between Brockville and Montreal is also known as The Seaway Valley… and home to the eastern portion of the Great Lakes-St Lawrence Seaway… which gives Ocean Going Ships & Lakers access from North America’s heartland to the Atlantic Ocean (and the world)… this is the longest inland navigational waterway in the world… spanning over 3700 Kms from the Gulf of the St Lawrence thru to the lakehead at Thunder Bay.

This area, the last portion of the Seaway was finalized in 1959 with the damming & flooding of the St Lawrence River… which resulted in a significant change to the geography of the 1000 Islands Region… particularly between Brockville and Cornwall… where the River was greatly widened and deepened to accommodate the ship traffic.

You can learn much about the historical changes by visiting… the Historic Gallop Canal – the Iroquois Lock – Upper Canada Village – Battle of Chrysler Farm ~ War of 1812 (National Historic Site) - the Long Sault Parkway (runs between Ingleside & Long Sault) – the Lost Villages (Ault Park) – and the St Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre (Cornwall).

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Brockville to Quebec City is aprox 458 Kms (285 Miles) via Hwy 401 and Autoroute 20 (the TransCanada Hwy)… about 5-1/4 Hours of Driving Time* via Montreal.

*NOTE – Driving Time is just that… time spent driving. It doesn’t account for Stops, Breaks or Sightseeing. Nor for Delays caused by things like Ferry Waits, Traffic Congestion, Road Construction or Weather Conditions. It is estimated using GOOGLE MAPS for the shortest most direct route (unless otherwise noted)… and driving under ideal conditions at the posted speed limits.

To change things up a bit, for the return trip you could return via Quebec's Eastern Townships Region and Upstate NY… OR take the Chemin du Roy (on the St Lawrence Northshore back to either Trois Rivieres or Montreal)… OR use the Northshore route entirely… and continue onto Ottawa ~ Canada's Capital City... before heading south into NY State (Autoroutes 40 – 640 – 15 – 50 – Hwy 148 / Autoroute 50… then from Ottawa Expressways 417 – 416 and the 401).

The latter would take a bit longer than coming back thru Montreal (actually a lot will depend on traffic... Remember as Canada’s second largest city, and also an Island… that ALL Traffic funnels down to the Bridges / Tunnel on an off the Island… so plan your trip NOT TO HIT Montreal at RUSH HOUR… Weekdays 6 AM to 10 AM or 3 PM to 7 PM).

More info on Quebec Alternative Routes and Montreal Traffic Tips etc… can be found in the QUEBEC (La-Belle-Province) TRAVEL FORUM and the MONTREAL TRAVEL FORUM… where you’ll find some great TA Local Advisors and Destination Experts to help you plan your trip.

Hope this is helpful,



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