21077
Ontario
Kayaking the Thousand Islands
Kayak the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal as you learn about the region’s diverse wildlife, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, pioneer history and historic Boldt Castle.
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Program No. 21077RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Gananoque, ON
D
Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m

Afternoon: Independent arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Gananoque.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions in the evening. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is located in downtown Gananoque, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and within walking distance to the 1000 Islands Visitor Centre, the Heather Haynes Gallery, and the Gananoque and St. Lawrence Rivers.

DAY
2
Kayaking Gananoque & 1000 Islands, Arthur Child Museum
Gananoque, ON
B,L,D
Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We head out from Gananoque to explore by kayak 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 boxed lunch on one of the islands.

Afternoon: We will continue kayaking in the sparkling waters of the St. Lawrence River 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. Once we’re back on land, an expert-led presentation at the Arthur Child Museum will focus on the Gilded Age and the 1000 Islands region.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Kayaking Rideau Canal, Seeley's Bay, Lockstation
Gananoque, ON
B,L
Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Activity note: Kayaking: Approximately 20 kms/12 miles over the course of the day. Driving 30 miles over 1 hour. Walking 0.5 miles over 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the 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. We will transfer to Seeley's Bay and kayak to Jones Falls. We will 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: At a restaurant in Jones Falls.

Afternoon: We will 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. Once back on shore, we will take a walk to the Jones Falls Lockstation and visit the lockmaster's house restored to 1840s period with the help of the diary of the 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. Learn from a local expert about the history of the canal, the locks and the lockstation. Transfer back to Gananoque.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Free evening.

DAY
4
Kayaking Gananoque & 1000 Islands
Gananoque, ON
B,L,D
Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Activity note: Kayaking: Approximately 10 - 15 kms/6- 9 miles over the course of the day. Theatre performance at the Thousand Islands Playhouse to be announced when the schedule is released. The performance may be on Tuesday or Wednesday night depending on the performance selected. Walking 1 mile roundtrip to/from theatre.

Breakfast: At the 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: We will 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 a local restaurant, plated menu including started, entrée, dessert, coffee, tea, and water.

Evening: Enjoy an evening performance. Nestled on the banks of the St Lawrence River, the Thousand Islands Playhouse theatres offer engaging entertainment, in one of Canada’s most beautiful theatre settings. The Playhouse produces a broad repertoire of plays – including Canadian and international works, both classics & contemporary plays - with a uniquely Canadian perspective. There are two fully-renovated historic venues side by side on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Gananoque—the 360 seat Springer Theatre and the 140 seat Firehall Theatre. It is one of the top five summer festivals in Ontario, along with the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, Soulpepper and Drayton Entertainment. 2017 performances will be announced when the schedule is released in the New Year. http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com

DAY
5
Kayaking Rockport Islands, 1000 Islands Study Cruise
Gananoque, ON
B,L,D
Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District

Activity note: Kayaking: Approximately 8 kms/5 miles in the morning. A passport is required for the1000 Islands cruise for all participants. You will be leaving Canadian waters and landing on US soil. Boating 30 miles over 2.5 hours.

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: Boxed lunch on the 1000 Islands Cruise.

Afternoon: We will 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. 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. Transfer by bus back to Gananoque for our farewell dinner and evening.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Evening wrap-up session.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Gananoque, ON
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel. Program concludes.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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