Rent a kayak or canoe or go on a guided kayak trip © 1000 Islands Kayaking Company
Missing the boat?
One of the most commonly asked questions at Thousand Islands National Park is, “How do I get to the islands if I don’t have a boat?” Here are a number of creative solutions to help you enjoy your time in Thousand Islands National Park and the Thousand Islands.
Rent a kayak or canoe
Escape the crowd, forget the tour boat and witness Thousand Islands National Park as few do, from the intimate perspective of a kayak.
Regional outfitting companies 1000 Islands Kayaking Company and Misty Isles Lodge can equip you with a kayak or canoe, safety equipment, basic or advanced instruction, and guidance on routes.
Use our paddling trip page, the Thousand Islands Water Trail website, and our Visitor Safety page for an easy, safe and fun adventure.
Go on a guided kayak trip
Paddling the cool waters of Thousand Islands National Park is nearly effortless with the help of regional outfitters 1000 Islands Kayaking Company and Misty Isles Lodge. Experienced guides take care of every detail, from introductory lessons to en route snacks. The fresh air is good for the body and soul and trip planning is a breeze.
Check out our guided paddling trip page for more information and our Visitor Safety page to ensure a safe return.
Rent a boat
A number of marinas in the Thousand Islands Area rent various types of boats including large, live-in houseboats to visitors of the Thousand Islands. Find a full listing of marinas and the products and services they provide at the Visit the 1000 Islands website.
Be aware that as of 2009 all boat operators are required by law to be in possession of proof of competency when operating a motorized vessel. For more information visit Transport Canada’s Competency Program page.
Boaters should also obtain the most current nautical navigational charts, topographic maps or NOAA charts for the region. They can be purchased online from the Canadian Hyrdographic Service, ordered by telephone or purchased from retailers. Use your charts when planning your route and keep them handy during your trip.
Check our boater trip page and Visitor Safety page to ensure a safe return.
Go on a cruise
Take in the sights and sounds of the Thousand Islands from the comfort of a tour boat. Public and private cruises are available from Kingston to Brockville. Thematic cruises highlight the cultural and natural places of interest. Routes and prices vary. Find the following Canadian operators organized by location.
1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises
1000 Islands Cruises Rockport Boatline
Gananoque Boat Line
Private 1000 Islands Boat Tours
Gananoque Boat Line
St. Lawrence Cruise Lines
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises
Try a mainland experience at Thousand Islands National Park
Enjoy a family picnic at Mallorytown Landing
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Get a breath of fresh air at Jones Creek
Being active is a pleasure when your gym is the Canadian outdoors. Thousand Islands National Park’s new trails at Jones Creek provide an opportunity to get healthy as a family in a serenely beautiful setting.
Relax by the River at Mallorytown Landing
Thousand Islands National Park welcomes you to relax and play on the breezy banks of the St. Lawrence River. From community picnics to family reunions to an impromptu outing, Mallorytown Landing has all the ingredients for family fun: new barbeque facilities and a beautiful gazebo, interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, live animals that kids of all ages can touch and hold, nature programs, and a playground.