Scenic Cruises and Boat Tours

Cruising among the 1000 Islands aboard a guided boat tour is among the most popular reasons visitors come here. Cruises include trips past dozens of islands, fairytale castles, lighthouses, island mansions and wildlife all accompanied by true tales of pirates, bootleggers and the Gilded Age rich and famous who all spent time here. Cruises vary in length from one-hour tours to upward of five hours. Many include lunch or dinner.

Tours depart from several communities along each side of the border. Cruising companies regularly host thematic cruises centered to fun, education and experiencing the culinary assets of the region.

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Alexandria Bay, NY
1000 Islands Water Taxi

1000 Islands Water Taxi Scenic Tours

Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-727-1939

Exclusive, private and scenic 1000 Islands cruises and charters aboard a classic wooden boat or a comfortable pontoon boat. Also operating a water taxi service for weddings and other special occasions. Pet friendly. Reservations required.

Operation Season: May - September

Uncle Sam Boat Tours

Uncle Sam Boat Tours

47 James St.
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-482-2611
[email protected]

Uncle Sam Boat Tours offers a variety of tours through the scenic 1000 Islands. Featuring 1-hour and 2 1/4-hour sightseeing cruises, luncheon, dinner and craft beer and wine cruises and Singer Castle tours. All our daytime tours offer an unlimited stop at Boldt Castle. Passports or other identification is never required. In-season: Daily 10am-7pm; Off-season (early season and late season): Daily 10am-5pm.

Operating Season is May 1st to October 31st every year!

Operation Season: May - October

Brockville, ON
Wild Cat

1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises

30 Block House Island Pkwy
P.O. Box 1465
Brockville, ON K6V 5Y6

Phone: 613-345-7333
Toll Free: 800-353-3157
[email protected]

Get your motor runnin’ as you cruise at speeds of up to 45 mph towards a view of Boldt and Singer Castles on the islands’ only high-speed cruises aboard the 54-passenger “WildCat.” Dine in elegance aboard the islands’ most luxurious cruiser, the “Lady of the Isles” or choose from a variety of traditional sightseeing tours, themed events, packages and private charters departing from historic downtown Brockville.

Operation Season: May - October

Rideau Heritage Cruise Line

Rideau Heritage Cruise Line

Rideau Canal Ports
Kingston, Merrickville, Ottawa, Perth, Smith Falls
Brockville, ON K6V 5Y6

Phone: 613-345-7333
Toll Free: 888-229-9913

Half-day, full-day and multi-day cruises along the Historic Rideau Canal – Canada’s newest World Heritage site! Relive that bygone era of genteel river cruising as you marvel at the craftsmanship employed in the lock and dam construction along various sections of the 126-mile historic waterway.

Cape Vincent, NY

Horne’s Ferry to Canada & USA

Horne Transportation
319 Club St.
Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Phone: 315-783-0638
[email protected]

The only international auto/passenger ferry on the St. Lawrence River, operating between Cape Vincent, NY and Wolfe Island, Ontario. Click on for fares and schedule. For service from Wolfe Island to mainland Kingston, Ontario, Canada, see “Wolfe Island Ferry,” providing public transportation from Wolfe Island to Kingston. Canada: 613-385-2402; U.S.: 315-783-0638.

Operation Season: May - October

Clayton, NY
Classic Island Cruises

Classic Island Cruises

French Bay Marina
530 Theresa St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-955-9166
[email protected]

Personalized scenic tours of the 1000 Islands from the deck of an antique boat. Accompanied by a taste of the islands, you will be visually stimulated while enjoying the region’s finest wines, meats and cheeses.

Operation Season: April - November

Clayton Island Tours near the Boldt Castle Powerhouse, Heart Island.

Clayton Island Tours

39621 Chateau Lane
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-4820
[email protected]

Climb aboard the Miss Clayton, Island Girl, Riverloop or the Glass Bottom Boat Night Heron for the 1000 Islands’ most unique boat tour experience! The Rock Island Lighthouse tour is one of a kind, see local islands, visit Rock Island Lighthouse State Park, climb to the top of the Lighthouse, walk the Island and visit the Light Keepers Home. Our glass bottom boat offers guests of all ages an “in depth” look at the timeless beauty of the St. Lawrence River with unparalleled views of underwater life in the clean waters. Join us for the most unique and complete Boldt Castle/2 Nation Tour, let our experienced local guides provide a live narrative of Millionaires Row and the sites on both the American and Canadian sides of the St. Lawrence River as we travel over 25 unique miles, including part of the St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Channel. Tours departing from Chateau Lane off Route 12 daily May-September. Private charters available for groups, weddings and special events May-November. Receptive/Tour Planner service available year round. Plenty of free parking.

Operation Season: May - September

R.J. Marine LTD

R.J. Marine

690 Riverside Dr.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-777-6059
[email protected]

Need a ride? Our licensed and insured masters will be happy to run you across the water anywhere you wish. We offer water taxi and grocery service to all points on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Operation Season: April - December

your wave tours

Your Wave Tours

1045 State St.
Bayside Marina
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-778-8128
[email protected]

Your Wave Tours is a private pontoon party on the St. Lawrence River, where you rent the boat and not the seat, you enjoy our non-traditional ride and enjoy the river like no other private trips. We will customize your tour – anything from a dance party, beach party, karaoke trip or just a relaxing scenic tour. Families, couples, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties all welcome.

Operation Season: June - September

Gananoque, ON
Gananoque Boat Line

Gananoque Boat Line

280 Main St.
Gananoque, ON K7G 2M2

Phone: 613-382-2144
Toll Free: 888-717-4837
[email protected]

Cruises a’ la carte. Choose between our “Beauty of the Islands” one-hour cruise; Canadian Signature Experience “Lost Ships of the 1000 Islands” 2.5 hour cruise, or our “Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise.” For funseekers, check out one of our many themed evening events. Daily cruises offer 2 departure locations, downtown Gananoque and Ivy Lea (near the 1000 Islands International Bridge)! All boats have food services and are fully licensed.

Operation Season: May - October

Kingston, ON
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

1 Brock St.
Kingston, ON K7L 1A2

Phone: 613-549-5544
Toll Free: 800-848-0011
[email protected]

A food, fun and entertainment ships of the 1000 Islands! We are committed to fine food services, interactive entertainment and first-rate service aboard all of our vessels. We offer daily sightseeing cruises, private charters and a complete dining experience departing from Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Operation Season: April - October

ontario waterway

Ontario Waterway Cruises

Rideau Canal & Trent-Severn Waterway
Kingston, ON K7L 1R8

Phone: 705-327-5767
Toll Free: 800-561-5767
[email protected]

Enjoy the comfort of the 45-passenger “Kawartha Voyageur” riverboat with dining room, lounge and twin lower berth cabins with private facilities. A crew of 11 and the captain are your hosts. Cruise Ontario’s magnificent heritage canals along 355 miles of scenic lakes, rivers and locks. Five day voyages: Kawartha Summer – Big Chute to Peterborough; Quinte Summer – Peterborough to Kingston; Rideau Summer – Kingston to Ottawa. Now taking bookings for 2018.

Operation Season: May - October

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

253 Ontario St.
Suite 200
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z4

Phone: 613-549-8091
Toll Free: 800-267-7868
[email protected]

Experience the natural beauty and rich history of Canada’s rivers on a nostalgic replica steamboat. Join us for 4, 5, 6 and 7-night cruises on calm inland waters on the 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS. Departures from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City.

Operation Season: May - October

Rockport, ON
Rockport Boat Line

1000 Islands Cruises Rockport Boat Line

20 Front St.
Rockport, ON KOE 1VO

Phone: 613-659-3402
Toll Free: 800-563-8687
[email protected]

Discover exhilarating panoramic views and the rugged nature of the Thousand Islands! This wonderfully lush landscape is dotted with luxurious cottages and vast estates. Choose from Heart of the Islands Cruise, Palaces and Palisades Cruise, Sunset Cruise, Boldt Castle Stop Over Cruise, Two Castle Tour or our Lunch & Dinner cruises. Experience the view of the majestic St. Lawrence River in our waterfront patios at the Boathouse Country Inn or Cornwall’s Pub. Take home a memory or enjoy scooped ice cream or a cup of gourmet coffee from the Rockport General Store. Beautiful gardens and picnic area. A short drive on the Thousand Islands Parkway, minutes from Gananoque, between Kingston and Brockville, Ontario.

Operation Season: May - October

Sackets Harbor, NY

Sail Ontario

124 Pike Rd
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685

Phone: 315-783-2755
[email protected]

Owner- and veteran-operated, Sail Ontario is one of the few sailing charter opportunities on the US side of Northeast Lake Ontario. Now in our 6th year and with more than 120 charters, we know exactly how to deliver the sailing moments you deserve and expect! Whether you choose a private charter for 1/2 a day, a full day, or just for a sunset, you’ll experience the joy of the lake. Want to learn to sail? We can take you through either our 3-hour “Introduction to Sailing” course or the full, two-day certification course. And when you finish that, we have boats available to take out on your own.

Operation Season: May - October

Smiths Falls, ON

Voyageur Canoe Tours

Rideau Roundtable
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4S9

Phone: 613-269-3415

The Rideau Roundtable has partnered with Paddle Canada and Parks Canada to host interpretive tours along the Rideau Waterway! What makes these tours unique is they take place in 34-foot replica voyageur canoes with guides in voyageur costume! With up to 36 participants leisurely paddling in the two canoes (up to 18 per canoe), the tours explore both the natural and historical aspects of the Rideau Waterway. Our regular paddling instructors and guides provide paddling instruction and interpretation of nature and historical tales. A usual trip consists of being locked through a set of locks on the Rideau Canal, and exploring one of the significant wetlands which can be found along the river. Tours usually last around 1.5-hours. Tours are offered anywhere along the Rideau where there is launch access.