Thousand Islands Where to start


May 6th, 2010, 08:03 AM
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Thousand Islands Where to start

planning a few days in the thousand islands area...dont know where to start...boat rentals,,accom,,parks,,we hike etc...some opinions please...thank you...bill
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May 7th, 2010, 07:33 PM
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Our trip was a bit different from what you are planning since we took the St. Lawrence Cruise Line's Canadian Empress, but you might want to read our account things to see:

If you are interested in history, you might want to stop in Kingston:

Parks Canada also has a helpful site:
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May 9th, 2010, 04:07 AM
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We started our cruise in Ivy Lea,the best place to start.Kingston is too far away from the actual islands.Paul
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Hi - there are cruises out of Kingston but I think you have to take the longest one offered to get as far as the Thousand Islands. Cruises out of Gananoque or Ivy Lea are right there.

Hiking isn't an activity I would usually associate with the Thousand Islands - Public land is rather limited. But the National Park owns some land and if you follow these links, there are some trails described. The 2nd one could be interesting - I didn't know it existed until I just followed a link from the National Park site:
You might also consider a day-trip to one of the Provincial Parks in the general area (Bon Echo is very nice and is, I think, maybe about a 2 hour drive).

There are some marinas along the Thousand Islands Parkway (scenic drive you will want to do anyway) and some of these would rent boats.

Kingston has a pleasant downtown along the waterfront with a nice selection of shops and restaurants and some major hotel chains. Gananoque is a smaller town with a couple of Inns/Resorts, B&B's and a number of motels.
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May 11th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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here are some ideas / comments... the 1000 islands area is beautiful

for hiking, you can hike blue 'mountain' north of rockport. it's apparently the highest point between kingston and cornwall in the relatively flat eastern ontario. the hike is easy, but scenic and the views from the top aren't bad.

a bike ride along the thousand islands parkway between gananoque and brockville is great, there is a separate bike path 90% of the way. stop for lunch at the Boathouse restaurant in Rockport to sit on the patio, right on the river in the middle of the heart of 1000 islands cottage country. take an island boat tour starting in rockport on the gananoque boat lines, and you'll see the main island sites - boldt castle, etc...

kingston, while a nice town, isn't really part of the thousand islands region. the main towns are brockville, rockport, ivy lea and gananoque. it does have decent shopping, a pretty downtown area, and more interesting food choices and good restaurants (le chien noir, curry original, casa domenico and wooden heads for pizza)

if you are interested in camping on an island, i'd recommend stoven island near brockville (cliffs to jump off, nice camp sites, outdoor fire pits, good views of the seaway, etc...)

if you want to stay at a nice inn, check out the Wellesley Hotel on Wellesley Island (NY State) in the town of Fineview Fineview is a little cottage town, that you would swear is out of a 50s movie. there are tennis courts, parks, large country houses with bunting, everyone gets around by golf cart, etc... the food at the hotel's restaurant is great as well. once on wellesley island, you are close to Alexandria Bay and Clayton - Alex Bay is a bit seedy, but there are lots of activities for kids (if you'll be with any) - go carts, batting cages, mini-put, etc... in clayton there is the impressive antique boat museum (you can actually rent old mahogany boats for island tours, though they are not cheap). just over the US/Can bridge there is the area`s only real vineyard - their wines aren't amazing, but its worth a visit anyway.

the area (other than kingston) is pretty much devoid of decent restaurants, especially in brockville, but there are a couple good spots to try:

The Ivy Restaurant at the Ivy Lea Club is very good (probably the best around) -

As mentioned the restaurant at the wellesley hotel is good as well.

as is smuggler's run - The inside is dumpy, but the patio is great (so go on a nice night - great views of the islands, and the bridge)

in brockville, about the only decent spot for dinner is the buell street bistro - they have a nice garden patio as well.

for lunch, the Brockberry Cafe has good sandwiches and wraps. nice patio overlooking main street -

thats about it - let us know how we`re doing so far and perhaps we can provide more suggestions.

happy travels,
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May 11th, 2010, 06:22 PM
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thank you all for your help
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