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 or canoe.
Regional outfitting companies such as 1000 Islands Kayaking Company, Misty Isles Lodge, Harmer’s Cottages, and Ahoy Rentals (Kingston) 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. 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.
Take a shuttle
Take an easy trip to some of our park islands. In 5 minutes, you can be at one of the national park islands. Find more information at 1000 Islands Kayaking Company and Andress Boat Works.
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 1000 Islands. Boat rentals near Thousand Islands National Park:
Gilbert Marine Limited
Misty Isles Lodge
Spencer’s Cottages & Boat Rentals
Treasure Island Marina
Find a full listing of marinas and the products and services they provide by visiting the 1000 Islands website.
Boaters should also obtain the most current nautical navigational charts, topographic maps or NOAA charts for the region. Nautical charts may be purchased at the Mallorytown Landing Visitor Centre or from private outlets listed on the Canadian Hyrdographic Service Website. 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
Chuckles Discovery Tours (also makes stops on some park islands and can be combined with dinner theater)
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.