A thousand welcomes to Gananoque, the gateway to the Thousand Islands. Located off Highway 401 corridor between Toronto and Montreal and Ottawa, this beloved summer destination is home to both a Unesco World Heritage and a National Geographic designation. This community boasts 18th century historical buildings, museums, quaint bed and breakfasts, hotels, and an acclaimed live theatre overlooking the picturesque St. Lawrence River. But it’s the water – and the islands – that claim centre stage here.
The community often has summer residents referred to as “Islanders” because of the Thousand Islands, Gananoque’s most important tourist attraction. Visitors can explore the islands on one of the many boat tours available to visit castles and learn about the storied shipwrecks of the St. Lawrence River.
While in scenic Gananoque visitors can also enjoy world class theatre in the 1000 Islands Playhouse, located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Two stages host a bevy of comedies, classics and musical presentation.
Explore the islands, visit a castle and learn about the storied shipwrecks of the St. Lawrence River on some of the many boat tours. On land, local restaurants offer a feast for all palates. Take your pick from casual dining to five-star menus featuring locally grown, fresh produce. The largest and oldest cruise company in the 1000 Islands, Gananoque Boat Line offers a 2.5 hour Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise that allows you to discover lost treasures which have been hidden far below the water’s surface for centuries. During this tour, you also cruise past Boldt Castle and the lavish homes of the rich and famous on Millionaire’s Row.
You can also enjoy a view of the 1000 Islands and the pink granite of the Frontenac Arch from the tee at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course. This state of the art golf club was named best new club in Canada in 2006. A must play course for any golf lover.
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Top Rated in Eastern Ontario
Golfing in the 1000 Islands region is unique and absolutely spectacular! Experience the challenge and beauty of Smuggler’s Glen; the top rated course in Eastern Ontario and a must play course if you are traveling to the area.
Tee off twice in a row and experience the unique 4th and 5th holes at Gananoque Golf and Country Club. Play some of the oldest courses in North America. Steeped in 1000 Islands tradition and history, the Gananoque Golf and Country Club dates back to 1921 as well as the Thousand Islands Country Club, which dates back to the late 1800’s.
Driving ranges, teaching academies and lessons are available. For the young enthusiasts, the “Putt and Play” themed 18-hole miniature golf course is fun and challenging.
Putt ‘n Play Mini Golf is Eastern Ontario’s Premiere Miniature Golf Course featuring an 18 hole themed mini golf course with a waterfall and lake to enjoy. On site you will find Nestle Scoops ice cream, Dog Father Gourmet Hot Dogs and bicycle rentals. Putt ‘n Play Mini Golf is great for families, couples and groups.