Adventure Sports

Whether it’s paddling a canoe or kayak in the calm waterways and bays of the St. Lawrence River or rafting Class III to Class IV rapids on the nearby Black River, visitors to the 1000 Islands area have plenty of adventurous on-the-water options.

In recent years, stand-up paddling (SUP) and wake boarding have become as popular as traditional favorites like swimming, diving and fishing. Dive shops on both sides of the U.S./Canada border cater to various skill levels and offer an opportunity for visitors to explore preserved shipwrecks.

Whitewater rafting companies guide visitors three seasons of the year through the rapids of the Black River near Watertown, New York. From the high-water of spring to the stunning foliage of fall, Black River whitewater is atop thrillseekers’ lists.

The new Skywood Eco Adventure Park in Mallorytown was built to be Ontario’s largest zip line and treetop adventure park. Skywood is a thrilling adventure for all. Kids can even join in the fun at scaled-back portions designed with little ones in mind.

On the U.S. side of the 1000 Islands, get your adrenaline going at the new Spencer Valley Zip Lines near Redwood. Spencer Valley opened for its first full season of operation in 2016.

Add some adventure to your 1000 Islands outdoor experience with these alternative activities.

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Alexandria Bay, NY
All In Adventures

All In Adventures

31 Holland St.
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-374-6422

Flyboarding allows users to experience flight by being propelled by jets of water over the river. Ever want to feel like Ironman or any other super hero? Here is your chance. Come get high with us at All In Adventures!

Operation Season: May - October

Blue Foot Diving Charters

18 Highland Ave.
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 917-207-2181

Diving charter boat, gas fills and rebreather support based out of Alexandria Bay in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Air, oxygen, nitrogen, trimix and absorbent. Experienced in filming and crew support. Canadian cash at par. Check us out on Facebook at @bluefootdiving.

Operation Season: April - November

Athens, ON
Charleston Lake Watersports

Charleston Lake Watersports

20 Little Bay Lane
Athens, ON K0E 1B0

Phone: 613-924-1794

Water ski and wakeboard school. Providing tows and instruction on Charleston Lake. All equipment provided. Equipment sales in pro shop.

Operation Season: June - September

Brockville, ON
Abucs Scuba

Abucs Scuba Charters

12 Water St. E.
Brockville, ON K6V 1A1

Phone: 613-345-2800

Hosting 1000 Islands dive charters located on the Upper St. Lawrence River with four Transport Canada approved dive boats to take groups of 2 to 20 divers. Group bookings, walk-ons welcome. Rentals available. Air/Nitrox. 9am-6pm, daily charters, May-October.

Operation Season: May - October

brockville dive charters

Brockville Dive Charters – Action Scuba

Brockville Waterfront
Brockville, ON K6V 4R7

Toll Free: 888-412-2525

Access to dozens of historic and archaeological underwater sites, many of them wrecks, and excellent wall and drift diving for every level of experience! A member of PADI, TDI, Upper St. Lawrence Scuba Charter Association and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.

Operation Season: May - October

Dive Brockville Adventure Centre

Dive Brockville Adventure Centre

12 Water St. E.
Brockville, ON K6V 1A1

Phone: 613-345-2800

Full-service outdoor adventure centre with kayak, canoe and scuba equipment rentals. Offering four dive boats for snorkeling or diving trips.  Open 9am-6pm.

Operation Season: May - October

Save Ontario Shipwrecks – 1000 Islands Chapter

Brockville, ON K6V 5T3

SOS is a Provincial Heritage Organization that studies, preserves and promotes Ontario’s marine heritage, including the wrecks in the St. Lawrence River. Click on the website for activities, information and interesting links, including “diver guides” to various shipwrecks.

Operation Season: Year Round

Cape Vincent, NY
All About Scuba

All About Scuba North

34308 Rt. 12E
Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Phone: 607-765-3942

All about scuba offers training, charters, and tank fills.

Operation Season: May - November

Clayton, NY

Horseback Trail Rides

35948 Rt. 12
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-405-5775

Come join our friendly trail guides for a unique experience! Our guides will determine your skill level and decide which horse is right for you. This is a great activity for a weekend or any day. So bring your family and friends along for a scenic trail ride. We have nine gorgeous horses that are trained for the trails. We are located just 3 miles south of Clayton, on Route 12. Call for a appointment today. Also doing family wagon rides. Operating Hours: 9am –  5pm, 7 days a week.


Operation Season: May - October

Hunts Dive Center

Hunts Dive Shop

40782 Rt. 12
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-1070
Toll Free: 866-SEAHUNT

PADI Full service dive center since 1953. Custom dive charter boat with drop ramp for easy entry and exit for all levels of divers from basic open water diver to rebreather divers. Full equipment rentals available. One-stop dive shop for all you diving equipment needs. We service all major diving equipment. SCUBA instruction basic open water to tech. Air/Nitrox/Trimix fills.

Operation Season: Year Round

Thousand Island Dive Excursions

834 Rees St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5542

Providing a full compliment of wreck, drift, deep & historical diving; making each day on the river a fun and exciting experience. Night diving is also available.

Operation Season: May - October

Snowmobile NY

Thousand Islands Snowmobile Club

PO Box 361
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-921-6464

Snowmobile trail maps, produced by the Thousand Islands Snowmobile Club, are available at the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 517 Riverside Dr., downtown Clayton, NY, and at area restaurants. Map depicts trails, parking areas, business locations, and other information of interest to snowmobilers. Check out our Facebook page @1000IslandsSnowmobileClub.

Dexter, NY
BOB Rafting

B.O.B. Rafting

120 William St.
Dexter, NY 13634

Phone: 315-785-9386

Starting in downtown Watertown, you’ll travel down seven miles of the best summer time whitewater rafting in New York State. Two trips daily led by professional outfitters. Alternative numbers: 315-767-6688, 315-659-3210.

Operation Season: May - October

Whitewater Challengers

Whitewater Challengers

16129 Foster Park Rd
Dexter, NY 13634

Toll Free: 800-443-RAFT

Add some excitement to your summer with one of our fun-filled outfitter rafting trips on the Black River. Our trip combines the heart-pounding thrills of whitewater with all the fun of a summer beach party. Class III-IV whitewater assures plenty of action and a hearty BBQ dinner is included with your trip.

Operation Season: May - October

Gananoque, ON

1000 Islands Kayaking Company

110 Kate St.
Gananoque, ON K7G 3M7

Phone: 613-329-6265

Fully equipped and professionally guided kayak tours in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Perfect for families and couples and solo adventurers. We offer unique programming, with the highest standards in safety, comfort and experience. From full day trips to half day trips, you will not be disappointed. No experience necessary! Rentals are also available.

Operation Season: May - October

Skydive Gananoque

258 Airport Rd
Gananoque, ON K7G 2V3

Phone: 613-382-5114
Toll Free: 844-JUMP-GAN (844-586-7426)

Experience the exhilaration of freefall and the beauty of the 1000 Islands from 13,500 feet!

Operation Season: April - October

Hammond, NY

Capt. Jack’s Charters

Blind Bay Marina
115 Blind Bay Rd
Hammond, NY 13646

Phone: 518-569-4407

Dive and custom charters, shuttles to Singer Castle, wedding services, Fourth of July charters, weekend five-dive packages for groups of four or more, night diving and customized trips based on calls.

Operation Season: May - October

Lansdowne, ON

Sea Kayaking in the 1000 Islands

25 River Rd
Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0

Phone: 613-382-4232

Providing rentals directly from our waterfront location! Promoting Island camping on Parks Canada and ACA Sugar Island. Personal launching with your own kayaks is available.

Explore the endless coastlines by participating in this dynamic recreational sport.

Operation Season: June - October

Mallorytown, ON
dive tech

Dive Tech Training Centre

1624 Hwy. 2 E.
Mallorytown, ON K0E 1R0

Phone: 613-923-1992
Toll Free: 866-691-2190

Instruction, equipment sales & service.

Operation Season: Year Round

Redwood, NY

Spencer Valley Zip Lines

44575 Stine Rd
Redwood, NY 13679

Phone: 315-767-3235

Zip more than 1,000 feet over an scenic open field approximately 10 miles from the St. Lawrence River. Spencer Valley Ziplines provides fun for the whole family, with a bouncy house, nature trails, jungle gym, picnic areas and outdoor family games all on site. Please call ahead.

Operation Season: May - October

Rockport, ON
Thousand Islands Pleasure Diving

Thousand Islands Pleasure Diving

Docks in Brockville and Rockport
Rockport, ON K0E 1L0

Phone: 613-659-3943
Toll Free: 866-659-2334

Catering to both recreational & technical divers. Servicing the St. Lawrence Seaway for 17 years.

Operation Season: April - October

Thousand Island Park, NY
Boomerang Kayak Rental

Boomerang: Kayak & Bicycle Rental

17204 Coast Ave. W.
Thousand Island Park, NY 13692

Phone: 315-525-3172

Bicycles and kayaks for rent; singles and tandems are both available. Please call for group rates and guided tour options. Operating from two locations: Thousand Island Park, Wellesley Island, and near the entrance to Wellesley Island State Park at 44051 Cross Island Rd.

Operation Season: April - November

Watertown, NY
Adirondack River Outfitters

ARO Adventures Whitewater Rafting

140 Newell St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-2297
Toll Free: 800-525-7238

Summer, sun, and exciting whitewater; the combination was unknown in New York State until A.R.O. pioneered rafting trips on the Black River Gorge. For thirty four years our guests have been our best promotion. “Such a professional and entertaining crew, the staff at A.R.O. are the epitome of professional, safe, and fun. and the food (both the snack and the BBQ at the end) was delicious.” Minimum age 12 for Gorge trip July and August. Minimum age 7 for “family fun” trip.

Operation Season: May - October

Black River Outfitters

Black River Outfitters (BRO)

531 W. Main St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Toll Free: 866-960-4BRO

Go with the pros – go with BRO! Offering whitewater rafting on the nearby Black River. BRO offers the newest, most up-to-date rafting center and has a top-of-the-line and super-friendly staff! Action-packed rapids, free ice cream and unforgettable memories. No experience necessary. Ages 14 and up.

Operation Season: May - October

Wolfe Island, ON
general wolfe hotel

General Wolfe Hotel

1237 Hwy. 96
PO Box 100
Wolfe Island, ON K0H 2Y0

Phone: 613-385-2611
Toll Free: 800-353-1098

Fishing; duck hunting October through January.

Operation Season: October - January