CRUISE THE KAWARTHAS
East of Toronto the picturesque Trent- Severn Waterway extends 240 miles (386 km) through an impressive chain of rivers and lakes linked by over 40 locks and canals, including the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. Rent a houseboat for a unique journey! Dip into the history of canoes and kayaks at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. Stay lakeside at one of Elmhirst’s Resort’s cottages; sample outdoor adventures and farm-to-table cuisine. Cast your line for walleye or reel in a giant muskie. Refresh yourself at Ste. Anne’s Spa, one of the highest rated health and wellness retreats in Canada. Indulge in a butter tart, a popular Ontario treat.
THE BOUNTY OF THE COUNTY
Make Prince Edward County your tranquil base for a few days. Ontario’s newest wine region is a hotbed for vintners, farmers and chefs that celebrate all things local. Savour the county’s bounty on the Taste Trail. Sip award-winning vintages, or if you’d prefer a pint, the local craft beers and ciders are worth getting thirsty over! Explore the county’s towns and villages by car or bicycle. Relax on the sandy beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park, home of the world’s largest freshwater sand dunes. Overnight in cozy yet sophisticated inns that combine modern comfort with rural charm. Consider the Drake Devonshire Inn; it’s the trendy Drake Hotel Toronto’s ultra-hip country sister.
ONTARIO’S OLDEST TOWN
Kingston originated in 1673 as a fur trading station! Now historic limestone architecture and modern amenities greet you around every corner. Pick up farm fresh produce at the farmers’ market and stroll the city’s beautiful waterfront; Lake Ontario (one of the Great Lakes) meets the St. Lawrence River here. See the sights from different perspectives on a trolley tour and sightseeing cruise. Enter the gates of Fort Henry and walk into history. Witness 19th-century military life in this British fortress - once the first line of defence against American invasion. Watch the Regiment perform intricate bayonet drills and field manoeuvres during the spectacular Sunset Ceremonies that run through the summer.
A THOUSAND REASONS TO EXPLORE
Embrace the beckoning breeze and visual splendour as the St. Lawrence River flows through the famous 1000 Islands. Boat tours weave slowly among tree-topped islets and larger islands with cottages, private mansions and castles, some dating back to the 19th-century. There are departures from Kingston, Gananoque and Rockport. Enjoy warm hospitality and “joie de vivre” in Ontario’s smaller communities. And capture the pioneering spirit of 19th-century Ontario at Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg.
TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE
Follow the Rideau Heritage Route from Kingston to Ottawa – a beautiful system of lakes, rivers and canals, built in the 1800s for military use. Today it’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore by car, cycle it or consider renting a houseboat. Journey through rolling landscapes and the rugged Canadian Shield. Relax with a picnic lunch at one of the 24 scenic lock stations. Explore the charming villages that line the canal corridor. Browse the arts and crafts of local artisans in charming Merrickville and sample nature’s nectar in Ontario’s maple syrup capital, Lanark County. End your journey in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, a destination full of opportunities, from galleries and museums to culinary delights to the Parliament Buildings.
The world's largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft, learn how the canoe has defined the Canadian character and spirit.
In Prince Edward County, home to the largest bay-mouth freshwater sand dune system in North America.
Family fun and entertainment on deck as you cruise the 1000 Islands. A Canadian Signature Experience.
Experience the beauty of the St. Lawrence River as you cruise past the Palaces and Palisades, a Canadian Signature Experiences.
Over 60 acres and 40 historic, authentic buildings, experience life in an 1860s working village.
Runs over 202km (126mi) and is Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered an engineering masterpiece with most of the locks still operated by hand.