Looking to paddle your troubles away this summer? Make the trip to the Thousand Islands National Park, where you can paddle past small islands, cottages, shipwrecks, and even castles along a network of scenic kayaking routes.

The 1000 Islands are a kayaker's paradise. They consist of small rivers and intricate channels that carve through the rocky island terrain, making them the perfect place to explore via kayak. You can choose to go on a guided tour with one of the regional outfitters in the area, or go off on your own adventure with friends.

You can follow the Thousand Islands Water Trail, featuring nine interconnected routes that stretch through the park's main areas:

  1. Kingston Isles (I)
  2. Bateau Channel
  3. Admiralty Islands
  4. Lake Fleet Islands
  5. Navy Islands
  6. Raft Narrows
  7. Grenadier Island
  8. Mallorytown Landing
  9. Brock Isles

The routes are either full-day or half-day adventures, each offering entirely different kayaking experiences with their own unique points of interest to watch for. For example, the Kingston Isles Trail lets you see the Cataraqui Marsh, Kingston Mills, and Old Fort Henry, which are all historic sites in the region. The Brock Isles, on the other hand, lead you to more natural locations, such as St. Lawrence Park, Henry Park, and Skeleton Island.

Make sure to check out this great online guide book for detailed descriptions, maps, and planning tips for each route.

The Thousand Islands Water Trail is perfect for both day excursions and extended tripping, however, it's advised that you spend a good amount of time planning as there many things to see.

For more information, visit the Frontenac Arch Biosphere website and the Thousand Islands National Park website.