Southeastern Ontario

Southeastern Ontario

Steeped in history and heritage, Southeastern Ontario is home to Kingston, Canada’s first capital city, the Brockville Tall Ships Festival, attractions like the majestic 1000 Islands Tower and of course, the 1000 Islands themselves.

Experience the serenity of the region by kayaking natural waterways, relax on the white sandy beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park and discover Prince Edward County wineries and restaurants by bike.

If sightseeing is on the menu, this region also offers numerous options for scenic river cruises, including culinary cruises.

Map of Southeastern Ontario

Where is Southeastern Ontario?

Southeastern Ontario is a stretch of long, narrow land running along the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River, from the Quebec border to its head at Lake Ontario. The historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, flows down from Ottawa to Kingston to meet the St. Lawrence River.

The region can be reached by car along Highway 401, by train on VIA Rail or by boat. The Thousand Islands Bridge is a border crossing point between Canada and the U.S.

Things to do in Southeastern Ontario

Try scuba diving

With hundreds of shipwrecks, the St. Lawrence River and 1000 Islands make for an exciting and historic scuba diving adventure. Guided tours and lessons for new divers are available.

Go bird watching

Southeastern Ontario is a popular birding destination with several key locations including Thousand Islands National Park, Rock Dunder Conservation Area and Charleston Lake Provincial Park.

Discover local food and wine

Let your tastebuds guide you to the best restaurants in Prince Edward County, one of Ontario’s premier wine regions. After lunch, rent a bike and tour the region’s many vineyards.

Explore local history

Go back in time and learn about 19th century pioneer life at Upper Canada Village, War of 1812 history at Fort Henry and Canada’s penal past at the infamous Kingston Penitentiary.

Check out a festival

From the Brockville Tall Ships Festival to the Kingston Ribfest & Craft Beer Show and the Cornwall Comedy Festival, there’s always something to celebrate.

Spend some time on the water

Book a 1000 Islands Cruise out of Kingston, a St. Lawrence Dining Cruise from Brockville or a sunset cruise with Rockport Cruises and discover the beauty of the region.

Points of interest in Southeastern Ontario

Add these highlights to your next visit to the region.

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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