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Kayaking the Thousand Islands

Program Number: 21077RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014; 8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: 1,000 Islands Region, Ontario
Price starting at: $1,695.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The 1000 Islands are a natural place of wonder, with breathtaking vistas and captivating wildlife seemingly close enough to touch. On this kayaking adventure, paddle with local experts who will enrich your experience with fascinating stories, historical facts and knowledge of the intricate biodiversity. Learn about the formation of the Islands, the unique flora and fauna of the UNESCO designated Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, and the significance of the historic Rideau Canal. Step back in time into the Golden Age of Castles and summer homes and get lost in the dreamy past of a very special time in the islands.




Highlights

• Explore St. Lawrence National Park island and discover the ancient mountain range that forms the Islands.
• Paddle the Rideau Canal to the historic Jones Falls Locks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Enjoy daily island lunches, as well as a lunch cruise through the Islands and down “Millionaires Row.”



Activity Particulars

Kayaking 3-12 miles daily; no prior experience necessary.




1,000 Islands Region

Ontario’s Thousand Islands formed when the St. Lawrence River flooded the area on its path to the Atlantic Ocean. Now recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve, the more than 1,000 islands in this international region just east of Kingston attract visitors to explore the area’s human history, archipelago ecology, and local flora and fauna.



Accommodations
Gananoque: Charming inn.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Inn & Conference Centre
  Gananoque, ON 5 nights
 Clarion Inn & Conference Centre
Type: Inn
  Description: The Clarion Inn® & Conference Centre 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: 50 Main Street
Gananoque, ON K7G 2L7 Canada
phone: 613-382-7272
web: www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-gananoque-canada-CN600
  Room amenities: In room coffee, 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel directly for availability and rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for rates Contact hotel directly for availability and rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to Gananoque. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the hotel. You will be staying at Clarion Inn & Conference Centre that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from Gananoque, ON. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Clarion Inn & Conference Centre the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
Contact hotel for rates.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Gananoque, ON
  Nearest city or town:  Kingston, ON
  Nearest highway: Highway 401
  Nearest airport:  Kingston: Norman Rogers Airport (YGK); Ottawa: Macdonald-Cartier International (YOW)
  From End of Program
  Location: Gananoque, ON
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Kingston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Contact rental agencies for rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

   

Car rentals available at the Kingston airport.

 

Kingston

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free of charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

   

Pick up can be arranged for those arriving into Kingston, Ontario by train to transfer to the hotel in Gananoque.

 

Kingston

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Contact rental agencies for rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

40 minutes

 

Kingston

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free of charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

   

Pick up can be arranged for those arriving into Kingston, Ontario by train, to transfer to the hotel in Gananoque.

 
Driving Directions
  Kingston Kingston is located 28 km (18 miles) west of Gananoque. From highway 401, take exit 645 south into Gananoque. Travel South to King Street then turn right. Travel to Main Street and turn left and hotel is on the right.
  Montreal Gananoque is 200km (120 miles) west of Montreal. If you are driving from Montreal, take highway 401 west. From highway 401, take exit 645 south into Gananoque. Travel South to King Street then turn right. Travel to Main Street and turn left and hotel is on the right.
  New York/1000 Islands Bridge From upstate New York, take Interstate 81 north to the 1000 Islands Bridge. This bridge is approximately 40 km (25 miles) north of Watertown, NY. Once across the bridge take highway 401 west for approximately 10km (6 miles). From highway 401, take exit 645 south into Gananoque. Travel South to King Street then turn right. Travel to Main Street and turn left and hotel is on the right.
  Ottawa Ottawa is located 150km (95 miles) north-east of Gananoque. If you are driving from Ottawa, take highway 416 south to highway 401 (approx. 45 km (29 miles). Head west on 401 for 120km (75 miles). From highway 401, take exit 645 south into Gananoque. Travel South to King Street then turn right. Travel to Main Street and turn left and hotel is on the right.
  Toronto Gananoque is 300km (180 miles) east of Toronto If you are driving from Toronto, take highway 401 east for 350km.From highway 401, take exit 645 south into Gananoque. Travel South to King Street then turn right. Travel to Main Street and turn left and hotel is on the right.
Equipment Requirements: All kayaking equipment is provided. See Clothing and Packing Suggestions for information on what to bring.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals and Orientation
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Arrive To: ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals to the hotel; check-in after 3 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel followed by orientation. After dinner we will have introductions and review the week's schedule.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Inn & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kayaking - Gananoque and the 1000 Islands/Native History
(Monday, July 14)

Note: Kayaking: Approximately 10 - 15 kms/6- 9 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: KAYAKING: Gananoque and the 1000 Islands. 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: KAYAKING: 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.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Inn & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kayaking - Gananoque and the 1000 Islands/The Gilded Age
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Kayaking: Approximately 10 - 15 kms/6- 9 miles



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: KAYAKING: Gananoque and the 1000 Islands. 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: The Gilded Age. 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.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Inn & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kayaking - Rockport Islands/1000 Islands Cruise
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: Kayaking: Approximately 8 kms/5 miles in the morning. PASSPORT REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR BOLDT CASTLE TRIP.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: KAYAKING: Rockport Islands. 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: NOTE - A passport is required for this cruise. You will be leaving Canadian waters and landing on US soil. EXCURSION: 1000 Islands Cruise. 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.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Inn & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kayaking the Rideau Canal: Chaffey's Lock to Jones Falls/Jones Falls to Kingston Mills/Lockstation
(Thursday, July 17)

Note: Kayaking: Approximately 20 kms/12 miles.



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: KAYAKING: This morning we are on our way to our first paddling adventure on the historic Rideau Canal. Depart from Chaffey’s Locks to Jones Falls. The lockstation has a single lock and a swing bridge. In 1820, brothers Samuel and Benjamin Chaffey erected a sawmill here and started building other mills, by 1826 they had a sawmill, grist mill, carding mill and distillery in operation. Paddling back 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 shoreline and so can be paddled even when the wind is up. We continue on to Jones Falls.
 Lunch: Lunch at Hotel Kenney in Jones Falls.
 Afternoon: KAYAKING: Depart by kayak from Jones Falls for Kingston Mills. This is first lockstation in the southern part of the Rideau, a flight of 3 locks, a turning basin and an upper lock.
 Afternoon: Jones Falls Lockstation. 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.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Inn & Conference Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Independent Departures
(Friday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures from Gananoque after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Hub of the Rideau: History of South Crosby Township


Author: Susan Warren


Description: South Crosby, now a ward in the Township of Rideau Lakes, is known for the locks at Jones Falls, the lock at Chaffey’s Locks, and Davis Lock. It also contains the communities of Elgin, Morton, and Crosby. The book covers the period from first human occupation of the region to the present day, but reserves the most detail for the period from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. It is an interesting read, providing a good blend of facts with interesting stories from the period, including insights into early pioneer life based on diaries and letters written by individuals in the nineteenth century. The book is hardcover in 8 x 11 inch format, with many sepia toned pictures illustrating the text. It is $39.95 plus $6.00 for shipping and handling in Canada and $9.00 for U.S. destinations. Please order from: Rideau Lakes Township P.O. Box 500 Delta, Ontario K0E1G0 Phone - 613- 928-2251 Fax - 613-928-3097



Discovering the Thousand Islands


Author: Don Ross


Description: The first American vacation destination developed after the Civil War. It was promoted by President Ulysses S. Grant, and remains a grand travel destination shared by Americans and Canadians. The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River are rich in natural and native history, and feature the baronial summer homes of George Pullman and George Boldt, whose island castle attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually. Featuring 100 color and archival photographs of the region's natural splendor and historical riches, and complete with tall tales and folklore, this is the perfect book for the itinerant or armchair traveler. Don Ross is a former Chief Naturalist of the St. Lawrence Islands National Park and a resident of Hill Island, one of the Thousand



The Rideau Route: Exploring the Pre-Canal Waterway


Author: Ken Watson


Description: This book reveals the secret world that lies below the waters of the Rideau Canal – the drowned landscape of the original Rideau Route. This book answers the question; what did the Rideau Route look like before the canal was built? A fascinating and educational read





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