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Thousand Islands Water Trail (ON)

Length: 52 miles

9 paddling routes, organized to follow the flow of the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, ON in the west, to Brockville, ON in the east.

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The Thousand Islands Water Trail is divided into 9 paddling routes, organized to follow the flow of the river from Kingston, in the west, to Brockville, in the east. They are somewhat artificial in that the river can be paddled in any direction and in thousands of combinations. Routes are constructed as half-day and full-day excursions and directly abut one another to allow for extended tripping.

Each route abuts at least one other route, and possible extensions are noted where routes may be combined for extended trips. Generally the river is most easily paddled from west to east (Kingston-Brockville), taking advantage of the prevailing winds and water current. However, all routes can be paddled in any direction. Safe, sheltered paddling can usually be found by taking advantage of the leeward side of islands.


  • Kingston Isles
  • Bateau Channel
  • Admiralty Islands
  • Navy Islands
  • Lake Fleet Islands
  • Raft Narrows
  • Grenadier Island
  • Mallorytown Landing
  • Brock Isles

The points of interest noted in the route descriptions are special areas of the Thousand Islands that are reminders of the region's rich natural diversity and cultural heritage. These include quiet trails and sandy beaches, secluded bays, hidden channels, unique geological formations, mysterious petroglyphs, historic architecture, submerged wrecks, and abandoned homesteads. Points of interest are special places, often hidden and easily overlooked by those unfamiliar with the islands. They are noted to enrich your paddling experience.

Website with Index to Routes
(with links to more detailed information and maps for each route!): Watertrail Index

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