There are a thousand reasons to visit! Nearly 2,000 enchanting islands, officially known as the Thousand Islands region, is a water wonderland. Located approximately 3 hours from Toronto, 2 hours from Ottawa, and 3 hours from Montreal, Gananoque is the gateway to the 1000 Islands. It’s about a 3-hour drive east of Toronto, about 290 km.

The islands dotting the Great Lake Ontario and the mighty St. Lawrence River range in size from a few square feet to Canada’s Wolfe Island, with its 48 square miles.

Things To Experience At Thousand Islands!

  • Here you can discover a freshwater paradise for sightseeing and outdoor recreational activities. Hundreds of miles of picturesque coastline of the islands and magnificent lakes, waterfalls, rivers, and parks are perfect for hiking, camping, boating, and fishing!
  • At Thousand Islands, you can plan your stay in a grand waterside resort, woodland cottage, or a lakeside campsite, and wake up to marvelous views of water and islands.
  • There are scenic cruises available for wildlife watching. You can also enjoy the vintage-speedboat rides at Clayton’s Antique Boat Museum. Every year in the month of August, the Antique Boat museum hosts the Antique Boat Show.
  • For a heartening view of waterfalls, you can sail above Alexandria Bay. The St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are world-famous for salmon, trout, pike, walleye, and monster muskellunge and Oswego County attracts anglers from all over the world.
  • Every year few great events like Cape Vincent’s French Festival and Oswego’s Harborfest are organized on Lake Ontario, in the month of July.
  • Alexandria Bay celebrates pirate legends with Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days every year in the month of August. In Canton, you can grasp the best short films at the St. Lawrence International Film Festival. 


The Thousand Islands is where Canada and the United States meet. The cultures of both the countries blend in the waters of the St. Lawrence River and Great Lake Ontario. This region is often called as “Garden of the Great Spirit” and this gorgeous garden of woods and waters is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet.