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Itinerary with 2 young children

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Itinerary with 2 young children

Hello -

Am planning a potential stay in Gananoque for 3 days in early May. We will have a 3 and a 5 year old with us and need help deciding what to do in the area. We will have a car, so we'll be able to drive out for quick daytrips, but would prefer to keep the driving at a minimum. We definitely want to do Boldt Castle, but are unsure of what else there is to occupy our time. Any suggestions of excursions or fun little sites to explore would be appreciated.

Also, for Boldt - much as we would love to do the 5 hour cruise, I don't think the girls will last that long! :) Are there any economical ways to just get over to the island and then pick up a tour once at the Castle itself?


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1. Re: Itinerary with 2 young children

Hello hailbuzzy,

Early May can be a tricky time to visit Gananoque. Some things are still closed for the winter, some things are open, some things are open, but with a reduced schedule. Our summer tourist season doesn't really start until the May long weekend which I think is around the 18th this year.

Rockport Boat Lines has a castle stopover tour that only takes 3.5 hours, but you should contact both boat lines with your dates and see what tours will be running:

Gan Boat Lines: http://www.ganboatline.com/


Rockport Boat Lines: http://rockportcruises.com/

Nearby, there is some nice sceneray along the 1000 Islands Parkway. There are many places to stop and explore the shoreline and if you really want to explore you could go on a nature walk. Landon Bay and Jones Creek are both located on the Parkway, but you would have to contact Landon Bay to see if they will be open.

Landon Bay: http://www.landonbay.org/index.htm


Jones Creek: explorethearch.ca/hike-the-arch/hiking-trail…

If your kids aren't afraid of heights, a short trip over the bridge at Ivy Lea ($2.50 toll) will bring you to the 1000 Islands Skydeck. Their website shows that they are open in the spring and if it is a nice sunny day, you can see for miles and miles.

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

Fort Henry in Kingston has self-guided visits available for $5 per person, but none of the regular tours they have in the summer.

Hopefully the boat lines will have something available for your dates. Please ask if you have more questions.

Edited: 15 March 2012, 19:32
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2. Re: Itinerary with 2 young children

Hi hailbuzzy;

Boldt Castle is approx. 12 miles east of Gananoque, as the crow flies. Kids 3 & 5 will become bored quickly aboard a 5 hour tour. (3 hrs for the boat ride, 2 hours at Boldt Castle)

I would suggest driving to Alexandria Bay, NY, and using "Uncle Sam's Boat Tours" shuttle for a 10 minute ride to the castle.


You can then tour the castle at your leisure.

Best Regards

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3. Re: Itinerary with 2 young children

Given how early in the season you are visiting, and your concern about spending too much time on a boat, you may want to look into the Boldt Castle shuttle offered by Uncle Sam Boat Tours out of Alexandria Bay, NY.

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4. Re: Itinerary with 2 young children

I would definitely spend a day in Kingston.



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5. Re: Itinerary with 2 young children

Thank you all!! The ferry alternative should work perfectly for us! And I will definitely check out all the other attraction links.

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