Thousand Islands National Park (Parks Canada) Guide 2020 : National Parks Navigator

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Thousand Islands National Park

What to visit?

Mallorytown, Ontario : This Park, formerly called the St. Lawrence Islands National Park, consists of islands in the stream with some mainland outposts in the headwaters of the magnificent St. Lawrence River. It begins with a visit to park headquarters at Mallorytown Landing . Thousand Islands National Park's mainland trails and Visitor Center are located on the Thousand Islands Parkway between Brockville and Gananoque, Ontario. The Thousand Islands Parkway is accessible from the United States via the Thousand Islands International Bridge. If you have come by boat (everything from a canoe to a large yacht) you can come to the docks at the visitor center or you can make reservations online. There are 20 islands to explore. Reservations can be made via the Parks Canada site. The islands can be vistied by kayak and canoe with detailed paddling trails. The islands themselves contain trails and camping and docking facilities.

Kingston : This former capital city is a vibrant university center as well as a training center for Canada's military. It marks the end of the Western end of the Park and the begining of the St. Lawrence River as well as the Eastern end of Lake Ontario . Fort Henry guards access to all. There is much to do here and a start at the Kingston Visitor Center on the waterfront is the best place to start. The St. Lawrence Commission has much to offer in terms of parks and history. The very walkable downtown is filled with quaint shops, pubs and fantastic restaurants.

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How to get to the Park?

ACCESS: Train service is available to Kingston by Via Rail Canada . Route 401 passes through Kingston. Bus service is also availble to the area. If coming by boat access is by way of the St. Lawrence River and its source: Lake Ontario.

WHere to stay?

ACCOMODATIONS: Camping is available at Parks Canada island and mainland locations. Numerous private campgrounds are avaialble as well as hotels, inns and bed and breakfast locations.

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