Province/Territory: Ontario

Cruise-storied waters dotted with castles and breathtaking islands

  • 1860-plus islands and panoramic views
  • 02-hour cruise aboard a double decker boat
  • 200 years of history and architecture in Rockport

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the water is calling: you’re in Rockport, a historic village set in the heart of the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River. Make your way to the dock and board the ship. Soon you’re cruising sparkling waters dotted with over 1,800 islands. First up: the St. Brendan Catholic Church, built in 1891. Later, you'll spot the limestone statue of St. Lawrence, watching over the river from the Canadian Palisades, a long cliff that runs under the shoreline. Sail under the Thousand Islands International Bridge and discover a stretch of cottage country called Millionaire’s Row—luxurious cottages and vast estates that dominate the islands and shoreline. Spot Boldt Castle, an opulent, 120-room fortress built as a tribute to Boldt's wife, who died before it was completed. Boldt felt the loss so deeply, he never set foot in the castle again. Keep a look-out for Casablanca on Cherry island, a grand estate built by a Cuban sugar and tobacco merchant in 1892. As you photograph all the riches, look out for Canada Geese and loons using the islands as stepping stones on their journey across Lake Ontario.

Why you should visit
  • Stroll Rockport quaint heritage shops.
  • View a centuries-old church.
  • Marvel at the Thousand Islands International Bridge.
  • Snap a photo of the Zavikon islands, one of the most photographed sites in the 1000 Islands.
  • See a statue that’s only visible from the water.
  • Marvel at the sprawling  Boldt Castle set on 5-acres of Heart Island.
  • Shop for local treasures at a general store built in 1905.
  • Cruise Millionaire’s Row—and dream large amid luxurious cottages and vast estates.
  • Breathe in the spectacular panoramic views.
  • Visit nearby St. Lawrence Islands National Park, the smallest of Canada's national parks.

Weather

  • Summer (June to early September) in Ontario is warm and great for swimming, paddling and summer festivals. Fall (late September to November) brings cool, dry temperatures, great hiking and a spectacle of Fall leaves changing colour. Spring (late March to May) sees gardens in bloom and the start of fishing season. Winter (late November to early March) offers ample skiing, snowmobiling and great winter festivals.
  • Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Spring cruise departures in May mean blooming flowers and value-priced accommodations.
  • High season in summer runs from June through early September, with July typically being the warmest month of the year. It's a great time to castout for a prize catch or go diving for a shipwreck.
  • Stunning fall colours emerge from September to October, a great time to sail although the deep blue waters of the St. Lawrence.
Need to know
  • Plan to spend an hour or two exploring Rockport Village's heritage highlights before or after the cruise.
  • Cruise available in English, French and 11 other languages.
  • Boats, general store, restaurant and washrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
  • Group tours welcome.
  • Passports not required for this cruise.
Getting Here
  • Rockport and the 1000 islands are located south of the 401 highway; a 3-hour drive from Toronto, 2.5 hours from Montréal, and 1.5 hours from Ottawa. See site for driving directions and scenic routes to Rockport from various locations.
  • Car rentals are available in Kingston, a 45-minute drive to Rockport.