Summer Road trip Day 1: Gananoque, ON, Thousand Islands

Bill has been thinking of doing a road trip in Ontario ever since we relocated here 4 years ago. We finally went on this trip last week. The entire trip took 7 days and we were able to visit quite a few cities and tried out a lot of restaurants. I really wanted to go kayaking in 1000 islands, so our first stop was a small city in Ontario called Gananoque, which serves as a gateway to the 1000 islands.

The inn we stayed in on the first night was quite cozy and very nice:

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We stayed in this room facing the water:

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The stay included a breakfast located inside the inn. The food was really good!

 

 

 

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After breakfast, we headed off to a guided kayaking tour. We had a really nice guide who gave us a few pointers with our kayaks and also provided a bit of history around the places we kayaked. I didn’t want to risk dropping my camera or my phone in the water, so I opted to not take any pictures during our kayaking session.

The kayaking tour was around 3 hours. After that, we took the Gananoque Boat Line to visit the Boldt Castle located on one of the islands. This island is actually on US soil, so we had to go through a small customs border and have our passports with us. The Boat ride was around 1.5 hours each way, so it actually takes quite some time to get there. We did the 5 hour tour, which meant we were able to stop at the castle and tour around for 2 hours on the island. The alternative is the 3 hour boat tour, where you don’t get off the boat and just tour around the castle in the water.

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These are some of the houses we saw on their own private islands:

 

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And here is Boldt Castle. It was built by a man named George Boldt as a gift for his wife in in the 1900’s. Unfortunately his wife passed away and the castle was never finished and left abandoned. It is currently being rehabilitated and parts of it are being finished according to the original vision for the castle.

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Inside the castle:

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It was time for us to head back to Gananoque and from there, we headed to our next stop, Ottawa.

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PS: Yes, you can buy Thousand Island dressing here as it was where the dressing had originated.

Thanks for reading!