Set on the St Lawrence River, Gananoque is a characterful town home to Victorian architecture and one of Canada's top independent playhouses. Explore the historic town centre, paddle on the river and discover the rich heritage of Ontario's Thousand Islands region.
Things to do in Gananoque
Stroll around the quaint town centre. The visitor centre offers self-guided walking tour maps highlighting historic buildings. Find out more about the town's past at the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, where you can view First Nations canoes, taxidermy animals, model ships and local memorabilia.
Perched on the waterfront, the delightful Thousand Islands Playhouse has been hosting musicals since 1982. The heritage venue was built in 1909 and is loaded with craftsman charm and original features. Arrive early to enjoy a pre-show drink in the Springer Lobby. There are also five transient docking slips for theatregoers arriving by boat.
Fringed by soft sand, Joel Stone Beach is great for swimming and sunbathing. It's set on the St Lawrence River and features a deep-water dock and fantastic views of the famous offshore islands. A grassy foreshore and beautiful vistas make Bluff Park a favourite with picnickers.
Enjoy hearty fare and live music at Stonewater Pub, a local institution set on the St Lawrence River. Save your appetite for Canadian classics, such as creamy baked brie, cheddar-stuffed perogies and deep-fried pickles. Beer lovers can head to the Gananoque Brewing Co, a trendy establishment offering tours and creative craft beers.
Getting around Gananoque
Gananoque is best explored on foot, especially around the historic district. Rental bikes are also available. Trains to Toronto and Ottawa depart from the Gananoque Train Station, six kilometres north of town.