1000 Islands Cruises - Gananoque Boat Line
Looking for 1000 Islands cruises? Hop onto the Gananoque Boat Line, Gananoque’s very first tour boat company. It operates five triple-decker, all-aluminum vessels with on board facilities such as restrooms, coffee shops, bars and refreshment areas. Each boat has its own open deck and two enclosed decks.
Gananoque Boat Line headquarters is located at 280 Main Street in the town of Gananoque, in southeast Ontario. Gananoque is about a 2 hour drive along the ON-401 E from Toronto, and just an hour and a half from Ottawa.
To learn more information about tours, bookings, and general information about Gananoque Boat Line, we recommend that you visit their official website. For more information about what you can see around the area, keep scrolling to read Destination Ontario’s recommendations.
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Gananoque Boat Line started out with a local mailman taking passengers along on his boat as he delivered mail to residents living on the 1000 Islands. In 1951, the boat line grew to include Linda 7, a wooden tour boat that could hold 55 passengers. A few years later it was joined by four more wooden, single-decker boats: Linda 4, Miss Rockport 2, the Island Wanderer, and Pickle. In the 1960s, Miss Gananoque 1 and Miss Gananoque 2 joined the roster.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that the Gananoque Boat Line started building its current vessels, starting with the Thousand Islander. It spanned almost 34 metres, had three decks, and could carry 380 people. When it set sail, it became the first, all-aluminum tourist vessel in North America.
There are a variety of tours to choose from. For visitors wanting a quick introduction of the 1000 Islands, there is the Landmarks of the 1000 Islands Cruise. The tour takes visitors around 1000 Islands’ most well-known landmarks including the Statue of St. Lawrence, the 1000 Islands International Bridge (the shortest international bridge in the world), Zavikon Island and Boldt Castle.
Visitors curious about the 1000 Islands’ history will want to get on the Original Heart of the 1000 Islands Cruise. It takes passengers for a 1 hour jaunt around the Admiralty and Navy group of Islands, and provides a close look at several generations-old cottages and summer homes dotting the islands.
Visit ghost ships resting underwater with the 2.5 hour Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Cruise. The tour visits seven 18th to 19th century shipwrecks while using video and audio commentary, as well as side-scan sonar images to bring their stories to life. Visitors can also catch a glimpse of the famous Boldt Castle, St. Lawrence Statue, 1000 Islands International Bridge, as well as the many lavish homes that stand on Millionaire’s Row.
Chase the sunset on the Sunset Cruise, a favourite among photographers and romantics alike. It takes visitors on a 1.5 hour cruise around the Admiralty Group of Islands, with intimate views of UNESCO and Parks Canada-classified islands, and details their unique ecosystems and aquatic wildlife––all while surrounded by the dazzling colours of the setting sun.
Visitors who appreciate a good love story will want to hop aboard the Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise. The tour goes around all of usual 1000 Island haunts, but also makes a 2 hour stopover at Boldt Castle, allowing passengers to explore the castle and its grounds. The Boldt Castle, located on Heart Island, was built by the proprietor of world-renowned Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, George C Boldt. Originally intended to be a grandiose symbol of love for his wife, it was hastily abandoned when his wife died in 1904.
Gananoque Boat Lines undergo constant inspections and certifications by Transport Canada, so you can be sure you’re boarding a boat with high safety standards every time.
Note: All visitors will require a valid passport and some may also require an entry visa.
Looking for more things to do after a tour on the Gananoque Boat Line? Explore the town Gananoque by taking a walk around the many sculptures at Sculpture Park, or splash around historic Joel Heritage Park and Beach. Relax with a cold, organic beer at the Gananoque Brewing Company, savour their tasty brews like the Naughty Otter Lager, or Valour Rye Beer. Try your luck with any of the 500 slot machines at the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, or catch a show at the historic Thousand Island Playhouse.