Gananoque Travel Guide

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  • Gananoque
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  • Gananoque
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Gananoque Highlights

  • Pro
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     Clean, safe, friendly, easy to approach 

  • Con
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     Limited choice of evening entertainment (although nearby Kingston remedies that) and no upscale shops, if you're into that kind of thing 

  • In a nutshell
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     A walkable small town with friendly people, a strong positive relationship with the river, and simplicity 

Gananoque Things to Do

  • Bolt Castle

    ***May to October ONLY***This was the ONE thing I needed to see when I was in the area, and I was not disappointed!Bolt Castle, built by the same man who built the Waldorf in NY, is on Heart Island not far from Alexandria Bay, NY. Need passport to visit hereThe restoration of this amazing house is unbelievable, but make sure you go to the top...

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  • Walk Along the Water

    Grab and ice cream or cold drink from White Mountain and wander along the waterfront.This is also where you can reserve your ferry tickets for the many boat cruises around the area. There is a park and a bandshell for concerts and outdoor events.

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  • Check out the Murals!

    Started in 2001 the paintings tell the historical story of Gananoque. My fav is the one of the towns people attending church in their boats!

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  • Charity Casino

    Small and/or quaint casino.... Quite busy especially the slot machines, which far outweigh the tables.I am not much of a gambler, but I will always go into a casino if there is one to be found!My quarters, nickles and pennies were eaten up lickity split in this charity casino!As always in Ontario-- No photo's inside the casino. They WILL take your...

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  • Thousand Islands Playhouse

    One of the best things about southern Ontario is what we entertainment folk call "summer stock" and Gananoque is no different. The Springer Theatre is a great mid-sized space and usually where their big shows are, currently showing Les Miserables until the end of August. Whereas Firehall Theatre is more of a "black box" and used for smaller...

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  • Skydiving Craziness

    Go Skydiving in Gananoque!! These people are record holders and know what they're doing, and have a great time doing it! Best thing ever!

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  • Thousand Islands Charity Casino

    The Casino in Gan is way better now that there is a no smoking ban inside. It has slots, some tables, restaurant/bar, free pop/coffee/tea/water at the back. Always giving away prizes. Something to do if you feel like feeding machines your dolla bills!

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  • Thousand Islands

    The Thousand Islands is a truly beautiful area. It is bordered by NY State USA and by the Ontario region on the other. Take a boat tour to visit these charming islands. You'll find them small and big, all enchanting. Houses and cottages make them even more magical. Many celebrities have or had a home here. You can take a tour from Gananoque or...

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  • Skydeck

    The Thousand Island Skydeck was built on Hill Island in the upper St. Lawrence River region, and thousands of people visit throughout the summer.The Skydeck is situated in the parking lot and has a triple level observation pod, 400ft. above the car park.From the top level of the 3 decks you can see 65 kilometers, in every direction. On a clear day...

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  • Have a view on the little islands

    It's called the river of the thousand island. Some belong to Canada others to the US. If you are on the boat trip you may dream of owning one of theses little places of heaven...

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  • Gananoque Boat Line

    If you ave the time, enjoy the 3 hour scenic cruise. We made this trip and had a great time on board!

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  • Fishing around Gananoque

    Ok this is a huge statue of a monster Musky. The St Lawrence river is very famous of the fishing in it. It is not un-common that people catch 40-Lb (20-Kg) and above fish around this area. This monument is erected in memory of the biggest musky ever caught around...

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Gananoque Restaurants

  • Big Portions

    Cute and quaint with great prices, though I enjoyed my first visit better than my second.The service during the lunch rush was a little lacking and confused. I had the "Tummy Buster" burger both times I was there because it was so good the first time.Lots of fries and yummy coleslaw as well and is dressed with bacon and cheese.

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  • Nice View!

    Fun with a cute little patio looking out over the water.Service was fairly quick but it was also early evening on a Monday night. I bet it is busy on hot summer weekend nights. The fish and chips were great and served with fries, also enjoyed wings and a ceaser salad with beer and a mixed drink.

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  • Okay

    This place is fine, especially if you are staying in the Best Western, or next door.Not my first choice for a return visit, but maybe fun on a weekend night for drinks and music. The 1000 Island Wrap was very good, as was the hot articoke/spinach dip. But the hot prime sandwich was terrible. Cold and sent back, re-heated and taken off the bill.

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Gananoque Transportation

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    Old train engine

    by janika Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The best way to get around and to Gananoque is in a car or motorcycle.

    There is some sort of public transpoortation available but I haven't seen any when we went there. Other than boat, you can use a train. There is a train station and has been in town for a very long time. When you look at this ancient locomotive engine, the picture speaks for itself.
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Gananoque Shopping

  • The Original!

    This perfect country store has a deli counter/ice cream shop with little tables jumbled with in the kitchy antiques, decoys and signs!Though I was told not to eat here, (better deals elsewhere) the few people eating there all seemed to know each other and the staff. Wonderful "Tiffany" lamps at great prices $55-155.00Great old dishes, tables...

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  • Right on the Water

    Cute little shop with nice touristy sweaters/shirts/cover-ups and salad dressing!There is also an art gallery upstairs. Perfect black (beach) cover up dress-- 19.75 plus tax $10.00 to 50.00

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  • Small Town Savings

    Teeny, tiny and dusty... but you never know what you might find! A cute "house dress" for $6.99 and batteries.

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Gananoque What to Pack

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    by janika Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: leave your luggage in the closed trunk of your car.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals or light running shoes. has to be very comfy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Gravol or some sort of anti-nausia pill if you get sea sick. Sometimes the St Lawrence river gets wavy and rough.

    Photo Equipment: Camera, film, xtra battery,

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: NIL

    Miscellaneous: Food. Especially when you're with children. There is a snack bar on the boat but expensive and nothing healthy other than sodas, candy bars and hot-dogs.

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Gananoque Off The Beaten Path

  • Don't climb this one

    Another bird for you. Hydro poles. Don't climb this one though. This pole is infront of a motel and it's decorated with Native, Indian art. A wooden bird looking animal. It very well could be a fish or some sort. We should ask the artist on this one. :) Something interesting as you walk by.

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  • Native, Indian influences

    The Native, Indian influences are visible all over & around the town. The name of the city is also an Indian name. Many times you see the decorative wooden statues that supposed to represent animals. The Indians believed in these animals and their majic powers..The 1000 Islands were initially settled by the First Nations of the Iroquois...

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Gananoque Favorites

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    Fire hydrant

    by janika Updated Jul 10, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It is very weird that such a small town as Gananoque has no parking. If there is not enough parking in Toronto or Ottawa, I understand but a small township like this?!
    There are parking meters everywhere! The same applies to Kingston. I was kind of disappointed when I was this. If you can find a good & safe parking spot, than lock your car and start walking on foot. It is the absolute best way to see this town. Plus you won't miss interesting stuff like this fire hydrant.
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    Fondest memory: My Fondest Memory Of Gananoque was the Indian art and the personalized city hydrants like this one. Don't forget, there is a casino in gananoque. If you like to gamble, you can do so here. It is called Charity Casino.
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