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Program #21077RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Itinerary for Jul 13 — Jul 18, 2014

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Type: Inn

Description: The Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District is conveniently located less than one mile from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. When staying at this Gananoque, Canada hotel, you'll enjoy local attractions and activities like boat cruises to the Thousand Islands and Boldt Castle, gambling at the Thousand Islands OLG Casino, and productions and a summer theater festival at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. The city of Gananoque is often referred to as the Gateway to the Thousand Islands . While visiting this beautiful city, be sure to enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and unique shopping opportunities.

Contact info:
22 Main Street
Gananoque, ON K7G 2L7 Canada
phone: 613-382-7272
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-gananoque-canada-CN600

Room amenities: In room coffee, hair dryers, free newspaper Mon-Fri, free high-speed Internet access

Facility amenities: Business Center, Restaurant/Lounge/Bar, Computer w/ Internet, Exercise Room, Free Coffee, Free Hi Speed Internet, Indoor Heated Pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Contact the hotel for availability, rates and reservations. Toll Free 1-800-424-6423.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 13 - Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Arrive To: Arrival and check-in to the hotel after 3 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel followed by orientation. After dinner we will have introductions and review the week's schedule. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Comfort Inn and Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District is conveniently located less than one mile from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. When staying at this Gananoque, Canada hotel, you'll enjoy local attractions and activities like boat cruises to the Thousand Islands and Boldt Castle, gambling at the Thousand Islands OLG Casino, and productions and a summer theater festival at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. The city of Gananoque is often referred to as the Gateway to the Thousand Islands . While visiting this beautiful city, be sure to enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and unique shopping opportunities.

Contact info:
22 Main Street
Gananoque, ON K7G 2L7 Canada
phone: 613-382-7272
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-gananoque-canada-CN600

Room amenities: In room coffee, hair dryers, free newspaper Mon-Fri, free high-speed Internet access

Facility amenities: Business Center, Restaurant/Lounge/Bar, Computer w/ Internet, Exercise Room, Free Coffee, Free Hi Speed Internet, Indoor Heated Pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Contact the hotel for availability, rates and reservations. Toll Free 1-800-424-6423.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 14 - Kayaking - Gananoque and the 1000 Islands/Native ...
Note: Kayaking: Approximately 10 - 15 kms/6- 9 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We head out from Gananoque to explore the Admiralty cluster of islands, an ancient mountain range that now provides a stepping stone corridor for many migratory species travelling between Canada and the United States, wandering among the islands according to wind conditions and group interests. A beautiful island lunch is served on a National Park Island leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the islands.

Afternoon: Continue kayaking in the sparkling waters of the St. Lawrence River. We continue kayaking through the 1000 Islands. Two thirds of the Islands are in Canadian territory but the total acreage of the Canadian and American Islands is roughly equal. European settlement of the islands began around 1783 with the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists, who moved from the United States after the American War of Independence in order to remain loyal to the British Crown.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Learn about the impact of the first peoples, long before white settlers arrived in a presentation by an archeologist on the Rideau Country.

Lodging: Comfort Inn and Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District is conveniently located less than one mile from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. When staying at this Gananoque, Canada hotel, you'll enjoy local attractions and activities like boat cruises to the Thousand Islands and Boldt Castle, gambling at the Thousand Islands OLG Casino, and productions and a summer theater festival at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. The city of Gananoque is often referred to as the Gateway to the Thousand Islands . While visiting this beautiful city, be sure to enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and unique shopping opportunities.

Contact info:
22 Main Street
Gananoque, ON K7G 2L7 Canada
phone: 613-382-7272
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-gananoque-canada-CN600

Room amenities: In room coffee, hair dryers, free newspaper Mon-Fri, free high-speed Internet access

Facility amenities: Business Center, Restaurant/Lounge/Bar, Computer w/ Internet, Exercise Room, Free Coffee, Free Hi Speed Internet, Indoor Heated Pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Contact the hotel for availability, rates and reservations. Toll Free 1-800-424-6423.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 15 - Kayaking - Gananoque and the 1000 Islands/The Gil...
Note: Kayaking: Approximately 10 - 15 kms/6- 9 miles

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: We head out from Gananoque to explore another area of the 1000 Islands by kayak. The 1000 Islands actually number 1865 in a 50 mile span between Kingston and Brockville. Some are not much more than rocky shoals, while others are very large. The islands were formed almost 12,000 years at the end of the last ice age. Three previous ice ages also contributed to the formation - a connecting bridge between the Canadian Shield to the north and the Adirondack.

Lunch: Shore lunch on one of the islands.

Afternoon: Continue to explore the scenic 1000 Islands waterway from Gananoque. The 1000 islands are a natural place of wonder to explore on the water, with breathtaking vistas and captivating wildlife close enough to touch. The Gan waterfront is the jumping off point for many 1000 Islands activities.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Learn about the period known as The Gilded Age, when many opulent homes and mansions were built in the area. The most famous was Boldt Castle, built by Mr. George C. Boldt, the owner of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The beauty of the 1000 Islands area and the Islands' accessibility to prosperous urban areas such as New York, Boston, Montreal and Toronto led to the development of the Islands as a prime summer vacation area. Many of the area's first visitors were American governors, senators, presidents and legislators.

Lodging: Comfort Inn and Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District is conveniently located less than one mile from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. When staying at this Gananoque, Canada hotel, you'll enjoy local attractions and activities like boat cruises to the Thousand Islands and Boldt Castle, gambling at the Thousand Islands OLG Casino, and productions and a summer theater festival at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. The city of Gananoque is often referred to as the Gateway to the Thousand Islands . While visiting this beautiful city, be sure to enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and unique shopping opportunities.

Contact info:
22 Main Street
Gananoque, ON K7G 2L7 Canada
phone: 613-382-7272
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-gananoque-canada-CN600

Room amenities: In room coffee, hair dryers, free newspaper Mon-Fri, free high-speed Internet access

Facility amenities: Business Center, Restaurant/Lounge/Bar, Computer w/ Internet, Exercise Room, Free Coffee, Free Hi Speed Internet, Indoor Heated Pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Contact the hotel for availability, rates and reservations. Toll Free 1-800-424-6423.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 16 - Kayaking - Rockport Islands/1000 Islands Cruise
Note: Kayaking: Approximately 8 kms/5 miles in the morning. A passport is required for the1000 Islands cruise. You will be leaving Canadian waters and landing on US soil.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Today we set out from Rockport by kayak to further explore the picturesque 1000 Islands. The influx of visitors wanting to see the Islands grew as word spread about its beauty and many opulent homes and mansions were built in the area. Names such as Pullman, the inventor of the railway Pullman car, John Jacob Astor a financier of New York City, and Helena Rubenstein, of cosmetic product fame, were all known in the area at that time having built luxurious summer homes in the 1000 Islands.

Lunch: Box lunch on the cruise.

Afternoon: Enjoy an enchanting and scenic cruise through the Thousand Islands including Zavikon Island, Millionaire's Row, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the 1000 Islands Bridge. Participants will disembark at Heart Island, home of the famous Boldt Castle for a two hour historic tour. Here, our local historian will share the story George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria, who set out to build a full size Rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island. The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Comfort Inn and Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District is conveniently located less than one mile from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. When staying at this Gananoque, Canada hotel, you'll enjoy local attractions and activities like boat cruises to the Thousand Islands and Boldt Castle, gambling at the Thousand Islands OLG Casino, and productions and a summer theater festival at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. The city of Gananoque is often referred to as the Gateway to the Thousand Islands . While visiting this beautiful city, be sure to enjoy the wide variety of restaurants and unique shopping opportunities.

Contact info:
22 Main Street
Gananoque, ON K7G 2L7 Canada
phone: 613-382-7272
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-gananoque-canada-CN600

Room amenities: In room coffee, hair dryers, free newspaper Mon-Fri, free high-speed Internet access

Facility amenities: Business Center, Restaurant/Lounge/Bar, Computer w/ Internet, Exercise Room, Free Coffee, Free Hi Speed Internet, Indoor Heated Pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for information
Contact the hotel for availability, rates and reservations. Toll Free 1-800-424-6423.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 17 - Kayaking the Rideau Canal: Seeley's Bay to Jones ...
Kayaking the Rideau Canal: Seeley's Bay to Jones Falls/Jones Falls Lockstation/Rock Dundurn

Note: Kayaking: Approximately 20 kms/12 miles.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: This morning we are on our way to a paddling adventure on the historic Rideau Canal. The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals winding 125 miles from Kingston, at the head of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada's capital city. Built as an alternate safe route from Montreal to the Great Lakes after the War of 1812. The oldest continuously operated canal in North America, the locks work today much as they did when first opened in 1832. The Rideau Canal was designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2007. Transfer to Seeley's Bay and kayak to Jones Falls. We pass through a rich diversity of ecosystems and historical points of interest. A very scenic section of the Rideau with dozens of back bays and many miles of shoreline to explore. These lakes have many islands and winding shorelines and can be paddled even when the wind is up.

Lunch: Lunch at Hotel Kenney in Jones Falls.

Afternoon: Take a walk to the Jones Falls Lockstation and visit the lockmaster's house restored to 1840s period with diary of lockmaster. Jones Falls is comprised of four large locks (the largest on the Rideau), and was the third largest dam in the world at the time that it was built.

Afternoon: Depart by kayak for Seeley's Bay. As the kayak glides across these waterways, paddlers will understand the true lifeblood of this rural area - the water, the environment and the history. Transfer back to Gananoque for our final night.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Comfort Inn and Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 18 - Program Concludes/Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel at 7:00 a.m.

Morning: Departures from Gananoque after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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