Anyone who enjoys kayaking and/or canoeing is likely to appreciate the Thousand Islands Paddle Trail. Found within the confines of Canada’s Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, this trail is more of a collection of trails, the likes of which include both inland and river routes. Towns can be found along the various trails should paddlers be in need of services, and there are also campgrounds and other kinds of accommodations such as Thousand Islands hotels to select from along the way.
Nine different paddling routes make up the trail through the Thousand Islands area. Designed to follow the flow of the St. Lawrence River from Kingston to Brockville, these routes were also intended to be either half-day or full-day routes. That considered, they can be paddled in any direction, and there are literally hundreds of route combinations to consider. In other words, you don’t have to stick to a specific route or limit yourself to a certain time frame.
As you might expect due to the location of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve in southeastern Ontario, kayakers and canoers who wish to enjoy the Thousand Island Paddle Trail tend to enter the water on the Canadian side, and there are various marinas, parks, and boat launches that cater to their needs.
Canoeing or kayaking in the Thousand Islands region can be a joy in general, and it isn’t difficult to organize guided tours for those who are interested. These tours can be arranged on both the Canadian and U.S. sides, and there are some that have the Thousand Islands Paddle Trail as their main focus. On the guided Thousand Islands Paddle Trail tours, more than just paddling is often on the agenda. Other activities that are commonly enjoyed include swimming and hiking. It is also common to break for lunch at some point along the way, and tour guests can expect to learn a lot about the area’s natural and manmade attractions.