Nick and I recently were invited to visit the 1000 Islands. This was our first time being away from home since the start of the pandemic, and it was so needed!
I had not been to the 1000 Islands since I was a little girl and it was even more beautiful then I remembered… In case you are interested in visiting yourself, here is a little itinerary of our weekend. 🙂
Where we stayed:
We stayed at the Comfort Inn & Suites. It was nothing fancy, but it did the job and the location was so convenient! The hotel had an indoor pool and is super affordable. Although, there are many other accommodation options by the water. You can search for accommodation below:
Where we ate:
Purple House Cafe: On our first day, we wanted to take it easy. So, we ordered a pepperoni and mushroom wood-fired pizza and a chicken Cesar salad from Purple House Cafe to go for dinner. We placed our order online, picked up our meal and went to Joel Stone Park to enjoy the food and the view. The pizza was so good! Highly recommend if you’re a fan of wood-fired pizza.
The next morning, we picked up a quick breakfast at Panache Bakery & Cafe. We both got some iced coffees, which were delicious. For breakfast, Nick ordered their breakfast sandwich, which had a ton of delicious bread options, and I got a simple butter croissant. It was quite good!
For lunch that day, we just picked up some hot dogs from a little cart by the water. Perfect before our boat cruise!
During our stay, we also had dinner at Anthony’s Restaurant. They had a pretty twinkle light patio and the menu had so many choices. I ordered the chicken taco salad, which was great and nick had the cheeseburger, which he enjoyed a lot as well. I also enjoyed a white sangria, because IMO it is the perfect summer patio drink. 😉
Activities – what we did:
Kayaking Tour with 1000 Islands Kayaking:
On our last morning, we went on a kayaking half day tour with 1000 Islands Kayaking. Our guides were so great and gave such great instruction. We saw so many beautiful sights and marine life. We even got to see an underwater shipwreck! Even as a beginner who had not moved a lot during quarantine, I was able to make it through the half day tour. So, let that reassure you lol 🙂 It was so nice to be able to witness the 1000 Islands from the water. You can check out all of their different tours here.
Helicopter Tour with Fly 1000 Islands:
Now, this was our favorite activity during our stay. Nick and I had never been on a helicopter before, so this was sooo much fun and just such a thrill! The tour we went on was the 10 minute 1000 Islands Tour. It was a really pretty view of the islands and our pilot was amazing. The views reslly were stunning and it was so surreal to see the 1000 Islands from the sky! If I was to recommend a tour though, I would recommend the 20 minute Boldt Castle Tour. If I had the choice, I would have loved to see the castle from the sky! 🙂 You can check out and book all their tours here. You can also check out my 1000 Islands Instagram highlight to see some video footage of our experience here. 🙂 Also, if you are an Ottawa resident, be sure to sign up for the free My Ottawa Pass to get $20 off the 20 minute tour! Check out how to sign up for the pass here.
Beach, Swimming & Parks:
Joel Stone Heritage Park is small but beautiful. We had a picnic there and watched the sunset. There is also a marina beside it, as well as a beach and splash pad. Great spot to take your kids for a swim. 🙂
Confederation Park was across our hotel, so we walked over with snacks to just relax and talk. It is by a small fishing pond, and has beautiful flowers. Such a great spot to chill out and enjoy a summer evening.
Boat Cruise with Gananoque Boat Line
The last activity we did was the boat cruise. The cruise we went on was the Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands Tour, which took about 2.5 hours. Being on the water was so nice. The breeze was perfect. The best part of the cruise, was that because of COVID, they are not filling the ship up to capacity, which made for a much more fun and personal experience. We got to see the islands, as well as got to see the beautiful Boldt Castle from the water. I can’t wait for COVID to be over, so we can go back and try the Boldt Castle stop over cruise! P.s. we were unable to visit the castle due to COVID, as the castle is on USA grounds and borders to the USA remain closed. No visit to the 1000 Islands is complete without a cruise! Book yours here. 🙂
& that is a wrap on our weekend in the 1000 Islands. Honestly, it was such a beautiful weekend. Nick and I got to spend some time together and we loved every second of it. A perfect spot to getaway for a weekend from Ottawa. I already can’t wait to be back! Thanks to the 1000 Islands Tourism Board for inviting us to explore! Thanks for reading and hope you will be visiting soon! x
Disclaimer: This weekend was a gifted experience. I was not paid to write about it and all opinions remain my own, as always. 🙂