The Thousand Islands National Park, managed by Parks Canada, offers several entry points to the archipelago and the most beautiful natural sites to enjoy this rugged coastline.
Made up of some 110 islands and islets, from Brockville to Gananoque, the park offers many areas of protected nature accessible to the public. Here you'll find the best places to discover the biodiversity and rich heritage of the Thousand Islands.
Founded in 1904, the park was then owned by the wealthy Mallory family, who decided to cede it to the federal government. Called St. Lawrence Islands National Park, it was the first Canadian national park to be created on this eastern side of the country (the other being the Rocky Mountains). Over the years, the park has grown to include a total of 110 islands. In 2013, it was renamed Thousand Islands National Park as we know it today.
From monitored beaches and breathtaking campsites to hiking trails and unforgettable views, take the time to visit the Parks Canada website to find your ideal day-use site or the perfect campsite for your multi-day getaway.
Don't miss the Jones Creek and Landon Bay trails, which are among the most popular, and don't forget to take your picture in the famous red chairs, set up in the most inspiring places to quietly contemplate the beauty of nature. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, beavers, birds and even bears!
The Thousand Islands National Park is open from May to October (from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, to be precise). On site, stop by the Mallorytown Visitor Centre, 1121 Thousand Islands Parkway, Mallorytown ON K0E 1R0.