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1000 Islands Kayaking – Self-Guided Day Tour

Where: Gananoque, Ontario
Excited about getting out on the river for a beautiful day of paddling? Here is your opportunity to check out the most rewarding and refreshing way to experience the 1000 Islands! 1000 Islands Kayaking tours are ideal for a quick get-a-way from the city and you can be enjoying the river in no time!

Explore the Islands On Your Own!

1000 Islands Kayaking rental packages are designed to fully outfit you for an enjoyable day on the water. Everything from the coast guard required equipment, detailed maps, recommended routes, emergency contact information, national park beaching permits and high end touring kayaks are included and waiting for you at the Gananoque launch site. 

Amidst all the fun things to do in Kingston and Ganaoque this summer this is the one that will get you on the water and immerse you in the 1000 Islands incredible  beauty. 

Exploring the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve 

Paddle with the wildlife and reconnect with our living landscape, your partners and yourself. The 1000 Islands region is an integral part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, a member of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Above all, it offers world class sea kayaking for all levels of paddlers and we can't wait to get you out there!

The price is per person with a minimum of 2 people required per tour

Included in Self-Guided Packages: 

  • Touring, Tandem, Youth or Recreational Kayak
  • Paddle and Spray Skirt
  • Personal Floatation Device (Coast Guard approved)
  • Rope, Pump, Whistle (all Coast Guard regulations)
  • 1000 Islands Maps and Emergency Contact Information
  • Self Rescue Paddle Float (if requested)
  • St. Lawrence Islands National Park Beaching Permits (day use only)

Rental period: 9 am - 5 pm

Please note: It does require some experience to paddle in the 1000 Islands and venturing off on your own comes with a handful of risks. There are busy boating channels, cruise ships, freighters, strong currents, fast changing weather and 1,864 islands to get lost in.

Even if you have been paddling for several years, it is common for paddlers to run into unexpected trouble. We recommend you have a certification course before renting equipment for your own kayaking adventures in the 1000 Islands.

If you do not have a certification course, 1000 Islands Kayaking ½ day and full day guided tours will prove very worthwhile with the added safety and detailed knowledge of the river’s vibrant ecology, fascinating history and unique geology. Our ‘Local Flavours’ island lunch is incredible and our guides can take you right into the hidden beaches and marshlands that you may otherwise miss on your own.

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a local resident, there's plenty to see and experience on this sea kayaking tour. Be sure to check this off your list of fun things to do in Kingston or Gananoque.

This experience takes place at the Gananoque waterfront at 110 Kate Street in Gananoque. VIEW MAP

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