St Lawrence River & Kingston

The mighty St. Lawrence River is one of the greatest river transportation systems in the world and forms a natural pathway to the lakes of Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior; the river is known simply as “Le Fleuve” – the Greatest Canadian River.

The Ontario portion of the river flows past Kingston, Gananoque and Upper Canada Village connecting Toronto and Ottawa, as well as flowsing through the famous 1000 Islands. Boat tours weave slowly among tree-topped islets and larger islands with cottages, private mansions and castles, some dating back to the 19th-century. There are departures from Kingston, Gananoque and Rockport.

Kingston originated in 1673 as a fur trading station and now historic limestone architecture and modern amenities greet you around every corner. Pick up farm fresh produce at the farmers’ market and stroll the city’s beautiful waterfront.


Things to do in St Lawrence River & Kingston

Kingston is the gateway to the 1000 Islands region, Canada’s first capital and one of Ontario’s oldest cities with 21 national historic sites, 24 museums and a UNESCO World Heritage designation. Combining a Kingston Trolley Tours hop-on / hop-off tour of the city’s historic downtown and waterfront with a 1000 Islands lunch cruise, this package features many of Kingson’s well-known highlights. A delightful buffet meal is served on the cruise, along with live music and entertainment. The cruise meanders by small cottage islands and grand estates that attract visitors from around the world. The cruise operates in all weather and the vessels have fully enclosed decks. The trolley tour stops at Fort Henry, the Penitentary Museum, and Queen’s University.

Situated atop Point Henry, the Fort protected the naval dockyard at Point Frederick – the entrance of the Rideau Canal and the town of Kingston. History comes alive as visitors enter the realm of 19th century military life with guided tours, scenic views, musical performances and military re-enactments. The Fort is a National Historic Site of Canada.

A helicopter tour to the most iconic landmark in the history of the 1000 Islands, Boldt Castle – Alexandria Bay. Enjoy magnificent views of the 1000 Islands region, made up of 1864 islands along the St. Lawrence River between Kingston and Brockville. Highlights include the town of Gananoque, Wolf Island and the Wind Turbines, Admiralty and Navy Group of Islands, Howe Island and the Ferry, American Span and Ivy Lea Bridges, 1000 Islands Tower, Millionaire’s Row, Manhattan Group of Islands, 1000 Islands Parkway and offers stunning views of private island homes otherwise unseen from the water or roadways.

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