Looking for one last kick at the holiday can-do? Kingston and the 1000 Islands offer huge opportunities for fun via an itsy bitsy road trip. This lovely, historic, waterfront region is a gorgeous getaway destination with tons of attractions to suit any and all interests and tastes. Better yet, it’s less than two hours from home!
Called the Limestone City thanks to its abundance of heritage, limestone architecture, Kingston is famous for its delectable hospitality establishments, family-pleasing attractions, entertainment spots and leisure opportunities. There are restaurants, museums and popular spots galore, from magnificent Fort Henry and the International Ice Hockey Museum to Bellevue House, home of Canada’s first prime minister.
Take a ride on a tour trolley, kick back on one of the popular downtown patios or discover the city’s secrets on a Haunted Walk. You can also get tickets for the popular historic walking tour, Take A Walk in Sir John A’s Footsteps. A compelling mix of history, theatre and entertainment, this lengthy stroll takes place downtown. Professional actors and musicians lead participants on a scenic route to discover Sir John A. Macdonald’s once-favourite local spots while revealing his personal story, scandals and victories. For details, see www.sirjohnehroadshow.com.
Just down the road is beautiful Gananoque, the Canadian gateway to the Thousand Islands. A prized resort area for over a century, this destination has it all – wonderful live theatre, superb spa facilities, decadent dining, enviable accommodations, plus loads of enticing attractions and outdoor action.
Take in a live performance at the acclaimed Thousand Islands Playhouse, nestled on the banks of the St Lawrence River. It’s also a spectacular time of year to take one of the region’s celebrated boat cruises. There are lots of choices, including options to have a meal on board or stop at the legendary Boldt and Singer castles.
Explore the area’s bygone days at the Arthur Child Heritage Centre, which showcases the cultural and natural history of the 1000 Islands. Outstanding golfing, awesome angling, an abundance of hiking trails and bird watching opportunities also await you. And don’t forget the excellent shopping! There are enumerable charming boutiques and eclectic finds. You’ll have the time of your life in Kingston and the 1000 Islands. www.kingstoncanada.com www.1000islandsgananoque.com