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How to have island hopping adventures with kids round Ontario’s 1000 islands

Last updated 14th April 2024

Nestled along the picturesque St. Lawrence River in Ontario lies the enchanting region of the Thousand Islands, Claire Zlobin finds you the perfect itinerary for a family getaway.


A hint of the Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence River

Just over an hour south of Ottawa and offering an ideal blend of outdoor adventures, historical explorations, and cultural experiences for families, Thousand Islands National Park is a hidden gem and worth going on your list of places to visit, here are some of the things to check out with your kids.


Smallest international bridge in the world

Day One: arriving at Thousand Islands

Depending on your arrival time, kick off your adventure with a Thousand Islands National Park hike. Located along the parkway, Landon Bay Centre offers access to scenic trails suitable for all skill levels. Don’t miss the lookout trail, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding beauty. After an invigorating hike, check into your hotel. We stayed at Comfort Inn and Suites Harbourfront District.


Ganonoque Lighthouse

Day Two: Heritage Tour and Waterfront Discovery

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel or indulge in local flavours at Pistachio Café on King Street. Embark on a self-guided heritage walking tour of Gananoque, delving into the town’s rich history with archival photos and insightful narratives. Next, head to the Thousand Islands Boat Museum, where you can explore interactive exhibits and embark on an antique boat tour of the majestic Thousand Islands. Wrap up the day with dinner at Maple Leaf Restaurant or Purple House Café, savouring delicious Bavarian cuisine or exploring culinary delights alone.


Boldt Castle

Day Three: Boldt Castle, Thousand Islands

Fuel up with a tasty brunch at Laverne’s Eatery before embarking on an adventure to the 1000 Islands Tower. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas from the observation decks, capturing panoramic views of the islands and the St. Lawrence River. In the afternoon, delight in all the beauty along the river on a scenic cruise through the Thousand Islands, including a glimpse of the iconic Boldt Castle. If any plays are happening in the evening, immerse yourself in live theatre magic at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Go early so you can take in the views along the river.

Day Four: Aerial Adventures and Leisurely Pursuits

Savour a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before checking out and gearing up for an exhilarating helicopter tour of the 1000 Islands. Experience the region’s beauty from a unique perspective as you soar above lush landscapes and shimmering waters.

With its natural wonders, historical charm, and vibrant culture, the Thousand Islands region offers endless opportunities for family fun and adventure.

How to plan the Thousand Islands

How to get there

Ottawa to Thousand Islands National Park from 1 hour, 16 minutes

Where to stay

Comfort Inn & Suites Harbour District, Family Room (2 adults, 2 children) from $176 per night

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