10,000 ISLANDS: 10,20 or 30-MINUTE
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. Tours 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
of anticipation and excitement as you take flight. Be lifted high above lush greenery, sandy
beaches, and rocky cliffs, admiring the sights from your guaranteed window seat. You’ll wear
audio headsets complete with microphones for easy communication. Enjoy pilot-narrated
commentary in English or select one of the recorded multilingual audio tours.Your flight 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.
Varies depending on option booked.
KINGSTON: 1.5 HOUR HISTORIC
DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR
Explore Kingston’s historic 19th-century golden age, learning how Kingstonians of old lived,
worked, worshipped, and shopped. This tour is flexible and allows you to go at your own pace:
listen through your headset as your knowledgeable guide narrates the tour, telling you all about
Kingston’s historic 1840s era and what life was like in a Victorian Canadian city.
Your experience begins at the Visitors Experience Center, where your guide and group will get
to know each other. After learning how to use your headset to enhance your tour, you’ll head
off. Hear tales about the fires that transformed Kingston and see landmarks including City Hall
and Market Square. You’ll also discover many unique artifacts along the walk that exemplify
Kingston as a city steeped in history.
Kingston Visitor Information Centre, 209 Ontario St. Look for a guide in a green uniform.
See highlights of the city including the Market Square and City Hall
Enjoy the intimacy of small group sizes and the expertise of local guides
Hear every word thanks to headsets from Audio Conexus and a complimentary set of earbuds
Enjoy the freedom to walk at your own pace and take pictures without missing a word
90 MINUTE 1000 ISLANDS SIGHTSEEING CRUISE-1.5 hour
Discover the world famous 1000 Islands aboard smaller vessels, providing for a more close-up
and personalized cruising experience. This 90-minute introductory cruise offers frequent,
convenient departures and features the 1000 Islands, Brockville’s historic waterfront, and the
St. Lawrence Seaway. Enjoy a fully-narrated tour where you can learn why Brockville is the ‘City
of the 1000 Islands’!
No visit to Eastern Ontario would be complete without a cruise to the world famous Thousand
Islands. Departing from Brockville’s historic waterfront, the “Jewels of the St. Lawrence” Cruise
offers frequent daily departures. Your safety and comfort are assured aboard this fleet of
modern, twin-decked, Transport Canada certified vessels equipped with on-board restrooms
and fully licensed beverage and snack service (at extra cost).Revel in your view of palatial
waterfront mansions, quaint island cottages and the many natural wonders of the 1000 Islands
as you pass in the shadows of ships plying the main shipping channel of the St. Lawrence
Seaway. Relax with a beverage and snack from a licensed snack bar. Get close to nature as you
glide through narrow, scenic channels not available to larger tour boats – all while your bilingual
Captain’s commentary provides an accurate account of the Islands history, its legends
and its people. Start or end your visit with a meal at the Crow’s Nest Bistro, Brockville’s only true licensed waterfront bistro or pick up a memento of your visit in the 1000 Islands at the
Chandlery Gift Shop. Limited free parking is available on site. After your cruise, you can delve
into the Islands a little deeper with a visit to the Aquatarium (not included), a new 32,000 sq. ft.
interactive discovery center devoted to the history, culture and ecology of the region. Ogle
ships from around the world plying the St. Lawrence Seaway channel from one of five
waterfront parks. Explore Brockville’s many historical treasures with a visit to the Brockville
Museum, Fulford Place, Canada’s First Railway Tunnel, and Fort Wellington. Or take a stroll
through the historic downtown where you’ll discover an abundance of architectural treasures
of this one-time Millionaire’s capital of Canada.
Downtown Brockville, Ontario Brockville Municipal Harbor
Getaway to Kingston and 1000 Islands, Ontario – 3 Day Trip
Kingston, also known as the “limestone city”, was the First Capital city of Canada. Now, a
UNESCO World Heritage Destination and the Gateway to the 1000 Islands, Kingston is alive with
cultural celebrations and more than two dozen museums, historic sites, and art galleries to
explore. As most tourist sights are closed during the winter it would be best to schedule your
visit between May and October.
Start today by purchasing a ticket onboard one of Kingston’s bright red Trollies. The hop-onhop-
off guided tour will take you through all of Kingston’s historic old town and shopping
district as well as Fort Henry and Queen’s University.
Today discover and experience the heart of the 1000 islands fairytale castles, lighthouses and
mansions all accompanied with true stories of pirates, bootleggers and the Gilded Age rich and
famous who vacationed there. The 1000 islands are a sightseer’s paradise located along the
peaceful border between New York State and southeastern Ontario. A region with endless
shorelines, rich history and unique culture. Aboard your cruise, you will wind your way through
the small cottage islands of Napoleon’s Hat, Wanderer’s Channel, the Bateau Channel and
Mandalay Mansion. The 3-hour cruise will offer the most sights and you have the option of
lunch or dinner onboard.
Today, take a tour of Kingston’s newest and most popular tourist attraction, Kingston
Penitentiary. Enjoy the rare and unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada’s most
notorious maximum-security prison now open to the public for the first time in 180 years.
Kingston Penitentiary is Canada’s oldest prison predating Canada’s confederation. Learn about
the prison life of infamous inmates and hear stories of legendary escapes as you take a look
inside inmate cells, segregation rooms, indigenous grounds, gymnasiums and more.
After your tour don’t forget about Canada’s Penitentiary Museum just across the street. The
“Friends of the Penitentiary Museum” are a group dedicated to preserving the fascinating
history of Canada’s Federal penitentiary system and the museum explains the history through
artifacts, photographs, equipment and replicas. Housed in the former Warden’s residence
“Cedarhege” tours are self-guided and by donation.
If you would like to enjoy a nice lunch in the area before returning to the downtown head over
to Juniper Café and have a seat on the only patio in Kingston with an unobstructed view of the
waterfront. Choose from a selection of healthy baked goods like breads and paninis, as well as
soups, sandwiches and salads. Everything is baked and created on site with at least 70% of the
products locally sourced.
After your meal make your way to the port to enjoy some time outside and take in the natural
beauty of the area. Take the free ferry over to Wolfe Island. The largest of the world-renowned
1000 Islands. Situated where Lake Ontario ends and the St. Lawrence River begins its flow into the Atlantic. Spend some time at the hidden gem Big Sandy Bay bird watching, swimming or just
relaxing. Take a tour of the wind turbines that populate the island or visit the Old House Museum.
If you are travelling with kids, they will love the fun and sometimes spooky corn maze. The island
is small so cycling is a great option and there are four signed routes to follow. Be sure to take
some water and snacks as there are limited spots to stop and eat.