Thousand Islands, Canada: My Top Reasons To Visit

It's called the 'Thousand Islands' but even more remarkable is that there are actually more than 1,800 sub-continental pieces of land that make up the region. The islands in the St. Lawrence River straddle the border of the U.S. and Canada. Today, the region is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts who go hiking, boating, and kayaking. But the history of the area can be explored much deeper in places like Gananoque. The Victorian town, in Ontario, on the Canadian side, is often called the gateway to the 1,000 Islands. Here are some of the top spots to visit on a trip, including a cruise with the Gananoque Boat Line to places like the massive Boldt Castle, a tour with 1,000 Islands Helicopter Tour for incredible aerial views, and a bike and picnic along the Rideau Canal. When it comes to accommodation, you don't want to miss the Gananoque Inn, which offers easy access for water activities like boating and fishing and is within walking distance to the main street for breweries and restaurants.

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My passion for travel was unlocked when I spent some years living across Europe and South America. I've never been one to shy away from a new adventure, be it swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, bird watching in the Galapagos or Heli-Hiking in British Columbia. And while I used to mostly travel solo, I now like to hit the road with my 4-year-old son, 1-year-old-daughter and husband in tow. The best part of travel to me now is getting to see the world through their eyes. Whether they are petting goats during an Oregon farm stay or making their very own pizza in Idaho, their enthusiasm and joy never fails to remind me of why I love travel.

Denver, CO

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