When Captain Andy boarded his first ship at age 17, he had no time for sightseeing—the young merchant marine was too busy hauling iron ore, road salt, and coal to factories along the banks of the Great Lakes. Maybe that's why Captain Andy now takes such delight in whizzing past idyllic islands at 45 mph in the newest addition to his fleet, a Wildcat catamaran. Though an adrenalin rush accounts for some of the Wildcat's appeal, Captain Andy is most pleased that the boat's speeds can help him expose passengers to even more island attractions during his informative and entertaining tours.
A native Ontarian, Captain Andy touts the Brockville waterfront as one of the most accessible and diverse in the world, and happily points out his favourite waterfront parks for picnicking and fishing during his trips. In the same vein, his cruising company offers seven diverse tours that incorporate adventure, theatre performances, and local sightseeing to help riders experience all the wonders of the area by water. The seasoned sailor also recognizes the advantage of helming his smaller ships; their compact size not only ensures more intimate tours and more time with passengers, but allows them to duck into the region's narrow channels where larger boats and determined icebergs can't follow.
Whether it involves wind, water, or snow, the folks at Surf Side help their clients get the best of their favorite outdoor sport. Outfitting for wake-boarding, windsurfing, snowboarding, and more year-round, the shop stocks an inventory that ranges from heavy-duty winter gear to life jackets and those hard-to-find vacation wear. They also provide repairs for gear, including snowboards, stand-up paddleboards, and skis.
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.