Are you hungry for a taste of island life? A trip along this Ontario roadway will definitely satisfy your appetite for adventure. You can explore 11 islands in one day along the Long Sault Parkway and you don’t even need a boat to get there.
Located roughly one hour from Ottawa in South Stormont, Ontario, this collection of islands will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacay without leaving the province.
The islands were formed when construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway left much of the surrounding area flooded back in the 1950s.
Prior to the flooding, there were several villages in the area that are now completely underwater. Real lost villages, how surreal is that?
The high points of land that remain above water make up the 11 islands available for you to explore today.
Now, we know that Ontario is filled with private islands for sale, but on this winding river road, you can visit 11 charming islands all in one day.
And it won’t cost thousands of dollars either. How’s that for the ultimate BFF road trip?
So, while the site is closed to the public right now, if you haven’t already, be sure to add this gem to your future travel bucket list ASAP!*
You’ll also find a series of campsites, beaches and picnic areas spread out among the islands.
Some of the sites have lots for RVs while others come complete with their own private island cabin.
Camping is typically available from May to September, but be sure to check the park's website for updates on the official season opening.
The floating parkway is a popular destination for cyclists and motorcyclists as well.
So if you’re simply looking to take a peaceful drive, we suspect it will be tough to beat this spot.
After all, it’s not every day you can hop from island to island all while wandering over sunken villages.
*This article has been updated.
Long Sault Parkway
Price: Free to drive, camping fees vary
Address: South Stormont, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can explore 11 islands in one day without leaving the province.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.