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Kingston: Thousand Islands Riverboat Cruise

1. Kingston: Thousand Islands Riverboat Cruise

The world-famous 1,000 Islands begin in Kingston, and span the St. Lawrence River for miles. Your route onboard the triple-deck Island Queen winds its way through the small cottage islands of the Admiralty group, which feature Napoleon’s Hat, the Wanderer’s Channel, the Bateau Channel, the opulent Mandalay Mansion and the historic sights of Kingston.  This cruise is one of the most in-depth cruises of the 1,000 Islands, and is the perfect way to explore the scenery that has made the region famous throughout the world. Onboard, you can enjoy live entertainment, and multilingual commentary which describes the history and folklore as you pass by spectacular scenery and island homes. You will also have access to a full-service canteen and bar.

Kingston: Lunch Cruise of Thousand Islands

2. Kingston: Lunch Cruise of Thousand Islands

Set sail from downtown Kingston for a 3-hour journey to explore the Thousand Islands. Admire the remarkable scenery that has made the region famous throughout the world as you savor a delicious meal freshly-prepared onboard. Wind your way through the small cottage islands of the Admiralty Group featuring Napoleon's Hat, Wanderer's Channel, the Bateau Channel, the new, opulent Mandalay Mansion and the historic sights of Kingston. Enjoy live entertainment, multilingual commentary which describes the history and folklore as you pass by spectacular scenery and island homes, as well as a full-service canteen and bar. Bask in the beautiful views of the islands from the panoramic second deck of the triple-decked paddle-wheeler, the Island Queen. Relax inside with live entertainment, then head outside to promenade on the open-air deck between courses.

1000 Islands: 10, 20, or 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

3. 1000 Islands: 10, 20, or 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Experience the 1000 Islands from the air on a breathtaking helicopter tour. Choose your own adventure with three unique tour options ranging from 10 to 30 minutes. Depart from Gananoque Heliport, located within a 20-minute drive east of Kingston via Highway 401 in beautiful Gananoque, Ontario.  Check in at the front desk then relax in the lounge before your pre-flight briefing. Feel the thrill as you rise above lush greenery, sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs, admiring the sights from your guaranteed window seat.  Wear audio headsets complete with microphones for easy communication. Enjoy pilot-narrated commentary in English or select one of the recorded multilingual audio tours. The duration depends on your selected option. Choose the 10-minute tour for a taste of the 1000 Islands, including the town of Gananoque, the Admiralty Islands, Navy Islands, and the Lake Fleet Islands. Explore further on an Ontario Signature Experience: a 20-minute tour that includes both the U.S. and Canadian spans of the Ivy Lea Bridge, and Boldt Castle on Heart Island.  The most popular option is a Canadian Signature Experience: an extended 30-minute ‘Two Castle’ tour that sends you flying over sunken shipwrecks and nation-spanning bridges, as well as Boldt and Singer Castles.

Thousand Islands: Helicopter Tour with Cider Mill and Lunch

4. Thousand Islands: Helicopter Tour with Cider Mill and Lunch

There’s no better way to experience Thousand Islands than the sky. Head to the heliport in Gananoque and hop onboard your helicopter for your 30 minutes aerial adventure.  Soar through the skies and soak up panoramic views of the many islands below. From the helicopter, see famous landmarks including Boldt Castle, Singer Castle, Millionaires Row, Thousand Islands International Bridge, and more. Back on land, visit BUSL Cider, the region’s newest cider mill. Enjoy a guided tour of the mill and learn how cider is produced while tasting a selection of ciders. Wander through the mill’s sprawling orchards, and stop at a nearby bakery. End the experience with a light lunch, and sample the region’s world-famous Thousand Islands Dressing.

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What people are saying about Thousand Islands, Canada

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 187 reviews

Great experience! The staff was really nice and our pilot Bill did a great job telling us stories about everything we saw. We went off-season (end of April) and this is a great time to see the river without boats on it.

Amazing experience. Highly recommend. Bill is a wonderful pilot and told details of entire island history.

Great first experience. Amazing views of the area. Tour guide was very entertaining and super friendly.

Bucket list moment! Absolutely one of the best experiences of my life.

We were on the 20 minutes Bolt tour , it was amazing .