1000 Islands canada

September 3, 2018Niry Fidelis

Ganonaque, Gateway to the 1000 Islands

1000 Islands Ontario



The
Thousand Islands are a group of more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence
River, the one straddling the border of the U.S. and Canada.
The
whole area has clustered of hundreds of small islands in a 50-mile-long
archipelago split between New York in the United States and Ontario in Canada.
Once in
the late 19th century, they were a fashionable retreat for the elite but today
it is also well organized for tourists
and represents a popular destination for those looking
for an authentic outdoor vacation full of history, culture and nature.

1000 Islands Ontario

Alessandro and I decided to visit
the place in two different ways: Scenic Cruise Boat Tour from Gananoque and the
spectacular tower view from Lansdowne. 
In Canada, Gananoque was the
gateway to the 1000 islands, located approximately 3 hours’ drive from Toronto
and just 15 minutes from the border crossing into New York State. There were
two different boat trips from Ivy Lea location in Gananoque: one hour sailing which cost $ 25 each
and five hours trip with two hours stopover at Bolt Castle for $ 49 each. The
first one was quite frequent meanwhile the second one had only 2 rounds, one at
10 am and the other one at 3 pm. 



1000 Islands Ontario


Knowing already that rain or shine, all their
tours were operated we didn’t do any fixed plannings but when Alessandro and I came to the dock in Ivy Lea, the last one with the stopover was already
left, so we could take only the one hour ride passing through many different
islands and circling the spectacular Boldt Castle. Audio guides with all the
main languages were available on board and while the boat moved good explainations were given. We truly enjoyed the cruise; it has been also very relaxing. Luckily
the day was awesome with nice sunshine so that we could admire that spectacular landscapes and those hidden villas without being disturbed by cold or wind.



1000 Islands Ontario


We saw the world’s shortest
international bridge,
which was just 32 feet long
and stretched from one island (USA) to the next (Canada) in the Saint Lawrence
River.

1000 islands

After the boat trip we
went driving to 1000 islands tower in Lansdowne which was 3 km on the left after the
1000 islands bridge. Free huge parking was available at the spot and the
admission fee was $ 12.00 each. The tower had a high speed elevator which took
us to the observation deck in less than 40 seconds. That was the best place to see
the beauty of the archipelago. It gave us a great picture of the St. Lawrence River.
The tower was privately owned and operated. They had a strange opening schedule
so I advise you to get in touch before organizing your visit. Anyways they were
available for additional opening hours upon request. Souvenir shops, coffee shop and ice-cream shop were not missing at the tower. 



1000 Islands tower


I highly recommend the tower, it really completed our experience with 1000 islands because sailing between the islands helped to catch the splendor of the place but it didn’d give an idea of how it could appear in its entirety. So, for me , both the boat trip and the tower are to be done. Time permitting take the one with the stopover in Boldt Castle since just circumnavigating it left a small gap in our hearts. 

 

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Comments (12)

  • Coombe Mill

    September 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I've never even heard of all these islands but they look amazing. Fancy having n island for just one house! I can see why a combination of the cruise boat and the tower would be the best way to take it all in.

  • stacey

    September 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I've been to the 1000 islands many times. I'm from Rochester NY and this is a summer activity we've enjoyed for years.

  • Cassie Rachel Mac

    September 18, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    OK this is beautiful and affordable! I know you had a great time there! What was your fave part?

  • Unknown

    September 18, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    How fun! Yet another reminder that I need to take a vacation 😀

  • Eat Well Explore Often

    September 18, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    This looks really fun! I love how there are so many little islands!

  • ChristieM

    September 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    This view is absolutely incredible. I haven't been there in years. You are making me want to schedule a trip!

  • Prabashi Hirunika

    September 18, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Ha! I’m waiting to go here next year. I couldn’t do the trip to 1000 island since I have kids. Next year will definetely be going. Such a great post with insights

  • Unknown

    September 19, 2018 at 1:43 am

    what a great little escape. Never heard of these islands, but i'm willing to visit now!

  • Preet

    September 19, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I've never been to Ontario, but I do have a bucket list, so I'm definitely adding this place!

  • Golden Triangle Tour 3 Days

    January 2, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I have read your full post and I want to say that this is a very nice blog with beautiful images thank you to share this.

  • Keshav

    January 2, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Wow these places seem beautiful! Growing up and moving around the world I’ve had the chance to see some pretty cool places as well, generally being more “tourist areas”. These “hidden gems” that you have found are definitely places I will be adding to my list to visit.

  • Avalon vet

    March 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Good post.🙂

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