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Old Apr 30th 2007, 3:04 pm
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Thinking of a trip to Gananoque for the long weekend in May. Any hints on what to see or do or anyone think of somewhere else to go within 3 hours of Montreal? Ta
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Old Apr 30th 2007, 3:14 pm
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Thinking of a trip to Gananoque for the long weekend in May. Any hints on what to see or do or anyone think of somewhere else to go within 3 hours of Montreal? Ta
There's some very attractive scenery and boat rides and stuff but I understand the real attraction of Gananoque to be a strip joint improbably called The Big Kahuna.
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Thinking of a trip to Gananoque for the long weekend in May. Any hints on what to see or do or anyone think of somewhere else to go within 3 hours of Montreal? Ta
Apart from the Casino, there's the view from the Skydeck on Hill Island, boat trips around the St. Lawrence (which you can also get from Brockville which is closer to Montreal) and Kingston is 1/2 hr away.

If you're driving the 401 from Montreal you might want to take the 1000 Islands Parkway exit (just past Brockville) and then poke along and see the river.
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Hi I'm from Brockville so I hope I can help.

I would definitely recommend a boat tour, particularly one that stops at Boldt Castle. There may be tours that leave from Brockville but we never took them, we always drove to Ganonoque to get on one. The majority of the islands are closer to Ganonoque so you're better off starting your tour there. You can also drive over the bridge and catch a tour from the American side if you like.

Another fun thing to do would be to take a helicopter tour of the islands. My mom and I took one once and it was lots of fun. Again, we did this from Ganonoque.

There are also some old Military Forts around the area if you're into that sort of thing.

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I'd recommend the Boat trips

But Bolt Castle if your traveling on a British passport isn't worth all the visa hassle.. Note you will need your passport and to take US cash if you want to land to pay for your visa waver.

The building is mostly a hollow shell, so Id recommend not bothering to get off but enjoy the view from the boat.

The big fort at kingston is one I'd highly recommend, plus their sasuage n mash is pretty good too
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I'd recommend the Boat trips

But Bolt Castle if your traveling on a British passport isn't worth all the visa hassle.. Note you will need your passport and to take US cash if you want to land to pay for your visa waver.

The building is mostly a hollow shell, so Id recommend not bothering to get off but enjoy the view from the boat.

The big fort at kingston is one I'd highly recommend, plus their sasuage n mash is pretty good too
Good point. I've never had to worry about that being Canadian and all.

And while I may think Boldt Castle is interesting, I'm sure coming from the UK and all the historic buildings you may not think so. So maybe it's best to stick with the boat tour, that's really the best part anyway
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You can rent a kayak and paddle around on your own, it's a pretty neat way of getting around. (And the whole excitement of "Are we going to end up in the water?", really adds to it.

My fave breakfast place (and supper place, too!) in Gan is Charley's, located on the main street in the east end (sorry, don't think I know the name), just before a Tim Horton's and a McD's. Nice staff and good food.

(After deciding I'd stop being lazy: Good time Charley's, 715 King St. )

Oh yeah - do what Hangman says and take the Parkway - it's really nice. Don't expect the trip to take only three hours, though - if you're any kind of photobuff or tourist, you can easily spend 6-7 hours taking pics and visiting sights.

Also, if you're going to Kingston (which is a great town!), take #2 from Gan, not the highway. Much more interesting and picturesque. Go to Chez Piggy in Kingston for a neat backyard eatery - do try the chili-fried shrimps, they're to die for! (Or from, if you can't handle zippy food... )

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Default Re: 1000 islands - worth a trip?

In case you were thinking of visiting Boldt Castle, on a US island east of Gananoque (which is worth a visit) be advised that (last summer) it was no longer possible to disembark from the Canadian tour boat out of Gan, and that you would have to cross the 1000 Is bridge and catch the American ferry to the island. The boat tour is well worth the ride though, regardless. There is a minor maritime museum near the boat dock you should go in. Gan also has a waterfront playhouse - check listings.

Gan is not too bad a place for a day or two. Nothing fancy, but within a few miles there are other places, like Charleston Lake Provincial Park if you like swimming and canoeing, and some trails. The 1000 Is Parkway from Brockville to Gan is neat. There is a Casino in Gan with good food.

Kingston is less than an hour west of Gan and is much larger. 'Old Fort Henry' is the focal point and should not be missed. Good food in town, and a couple of extensive malls for shopping.
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Originally Posted by Wannabe View Post
Go to Chez Piggy in Kingston for a neat backyard eatery - do try the chili-fried shrimps, they're to die for! (Or from, if you can't handle zippy food... )

And now for some trivia

Chez Piggy (http://chezpiggy.com/) was established by Zal Yanovsky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zal_Yanovsky) who co founded "The Loving Spoonful" . Unfortunately he died in 2002.
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Default Re: 1000 islands - worth a trip?

Thanks everyone for some great info. Will check out Charleys wannabee.
We will go on a boat ride but won't be venturing anywhere near the US side as hubby doesn't have a machine readable passport and the US customs don't seem to like that
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The boat trip out of Gananoque is quite pleasant. Boldt is an utter waste of time.
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