Part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, the 1000 Islands rest in the shadow of mountains carved by multiple glaciers over millions of years. A diverse biological landscape, the 1864 islands are frequented by a variety of animals as they migrate between Canada and the United States. Lush forests, marshlands, and waterfront architecture help create a setting picturesque enough to prompt involuntary yodelling.
Within this ecologically bountiful area, 1000 Islands Kayaking's certified instructors lead courses that teach fundamental and advanced techniques. Their programs can focus on topics such as exercise or can be geared toward kids and fostering leadership skills. Alternatively, staff members rent out kayaks for self-guided journeys lasting up to a week, equipping adventurers with maps that show detailed routes and the homes of celebrity fish.
Guides also plot more elaborate trips, scheduling luxury camping expeditions complete with private cooks or engineering romantic getaways to Gananoque made all the more memorable by full-day guided tours. Their trips remain engaging no matter the size, luring in everyone from curious couples to business groups, wedding parties, and social clubs.
Deftly dodge colourful crosshairs on a fully equipped one-day paintball bonanza on Bronson & Bronson’s two unique fields of play. Clad in the supplied safety mask and your Sunday messiest, take advantage of exciting paintball gaming during all-day play (a $10 value) by wielding field domination over competitors with supplied CO2 and refills, a ball hopper, marker (a $25 value), and 200 paintballs (a $15 value).
The guides at Black River Outfitters prize their namesake waterway for both its natural beauty and its reliability in keeping rapids flowing even through the drier summer months. Thus, from May through October, they organize 7-mile jaunts through Class III and IV rapids, for which they provide everyone from neophytes to experts with all necessary equipment and rushes of adrenaline. Following each zigzag down the river, a bus takes their adventurers back to the base, where they watch a photo slideshow of the trip and indulge in complimentary ice cream.
With one of the largest snow tubing hills in northern New York, Maple Ridge Snow Park entertains families and winter weather fanatics with its prowess for cylindrical recreation. Careen down 1,200 feet of packed sky powder while enjoying the stomach-flipping thrills from the 100-foot vertical drop. Save energy for the descent and let a complimentary tube tow drag your raft back up the hill and away from the snow angels lobbing snowballs at the bottom of the knoll. The outdoor center is equipped with a warming area complete with game tables, concessions, and body-snuggling temperatures to thaw out chilled appendages.
Life Yoga's passionate instructors share their expertise in a 1,200-square-foot studio with spacious, spa-inspired shower rooms and a practice space embellished with handmade fabric wallpaper. Students burn calories and release mental stress in small classes with helpful one-on-one attention: gentle Restorative Yoga, energizing Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha Fundamentals are just a few options. In the studio's lobby area, local businesses such as Rhubarb Paper Co. display their wares.
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises' fleet of boats meander the waterways just off of the Kingston waterfront with dozens of different cruise options. From sightseeing and dinner cruises to dance parties, the schedule boasts watery sojourns every day of the week, with late-night shindigs on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer. In addition to their group cruises, the team also runs ships as private charters, each voyage boasting custom music, entertainment, and bar services.