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Thousand Islands National Park of Canada

Generator Use

Zones where generators can be used changed in 2015. Plan to use the zones that suit your needs best.

Why the change?

In the current management plan the park pledged to meet national zoning standards by or before 2015. A change in locations where generators are permitted is required to become zone-compliant.

Locations where generators are now permitted:

  • Central Grenadier
  • Beau Rivage
  • Hill Island
  • Mallorytown Landing
  • McDonald

Parks Canada recommends going generator-free with solar energy

Every day, the sun delivers free power to the Earth. Solar panels capture this energy and can provide a relatively inexpensive and easy alternative to generator use. Want to hear how easy and advantageous a switch to solar energy can be? Read our interview with two local experts!


  • Panels are easy to use and install on any kind of boat, and portable  models  are available;
  • Panels are lightweight, produce little noise, require little or no maintenance, and are increasingly affordable;
  • Power source is FREE, and they even work on cloudy days;
  • Can provide power for many devices onboard, or at home during the winter;
  • Eliminates or reduces need for a generator on the Islands; protecting our environment and providing a peaceful atmosphere for visitors;
  • Long lifespan, and many come with warranties on power production.

Other ways you can be eco-friendly

  • Update your engine to a more efficient four-stroke or electric motor!
  • Increase your battery power so you can store more energy for longer periods of time;
  • Plan ahead; be responsible for your trash, and learn about how you can minimize it;
  • Use non-toxic cleaners or water on your vessel;
  • Dispose of bilge water, grey water and black water appropriately;
  • Use a propeller guard to protect your prop and wildlife;
  • Take an “energy inventory” onboard, and decide on ways you can reduce your energy consumption while away from home.