1000 Islands and Rideau Canal
Explore the engineered and natural waterways of the 1000 Islands and UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal through some of Ontario’s most charming communities, including the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in Southeastern Ontario.
The Rideau Canal and related tributaries meander over 200 kilometres between Ottawa and Lake Ontario, connecting to the famous 1000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River.
Explore the shorelines, waterways and communities in this picturesque area. Cycle along coastal areas, embark on a scenic boat ride and go scuba diving to view underwater wonders. Nearby towns offer unique shops, dining options, farmers' markets and local crafts.
Where is 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal?
Named for its two most defining geographical features, this area lies between Kingston and Cornwall in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, bordered by the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands to the south and the Rideau waterway in the north.
Highway 401 provides the most direct route from Toronto, approximately a three hour drive. Ottawa is just an hour north up Highway 416.
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Things to do in 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal
Visit the Jewel of the Rideau
Scuba dive to shipwrecks
Visit a favourite local fair
Golf with a view
Take a garden tour
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Last updated: February 15, 2024