Last weekend, I had a mini overnight getaway with the family, to Gananoque and the 1000 Islands and we had the best time. Living in Kingston, we live really close to Gan (20 minute drive) but we’ve never really taken the time to visit with the kids. As a kid myself, we used to visit at least once a week with my family. I fondly remember driving to Gananoque every Sunday after church, with my parents and one or two of my siblings in my Dad’s baby blue Thunderbird. We’d take the scenic route, filled with countless farms, so my little sister could see all the cows and horses on the drive there. We would get ice cream at the Dairy Queen, visit for a bit, and drive home. We loved those drives, so I made sure to take the scenic route this time as well, for my youngest who loves animals. All the way there, we yelled out whenever we saw any animals and it brought me right back to doing that for my little sister, way back when.
When we arrived in Gananoque, the kids and I (Daddy joined us later that evening) checked in at the Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District on Main Street. It’s a great choice if you’re staying one night or several. It offers free breakfast, free wifi, free coffee and newspapers, a fitness center, pool and sauna. It was perfectly located and within walking distance to the downtown, the waterfront, museums, The Town Hall and Town Park, and neighbourhoods filled with heritage homes. You can park your car for free and just enjoy the outdoors and walk everywhere, even with two grumpy children (who perked up after some ice cream).
Gananoque is a small town (population 5,200) filled with history and beautiful scenery. If you’re a nature lover, it offers a perfect location for freshwater fishing, cycling, golfing, cycling, boating, hiking, helicopter tours and walking tours. You’ll find museums, live theatre, shopping, dining and the casino – there really is something for everyone. You need to remember to bring your camera as well, there are so many great spots for some beautiful photo opps.
With so many ways to spend a day or two, we decided on a visit to the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, a Haunted Walk Experience: Ghosts and Legends of Gananoque and of course, a 1000 Islands Boat Cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed all three attractions, kids included. Come back tomorrow to see more details about our experiences with all three of these attractions.
*This post was sponsored by Attractions Ontario, but my experiences and opinions are my own.*