Gananoque History

A breif history of the Gananoque area

Gananoque, which became a city in 1890, is a convenient base for taking off on a boat cruise to Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Athens, the Rideau Canal, and other eastern Ontario attractions. Cruises range from one hour in length to a full day of activities.

In Gananoque visitors can relax in a small town but enjoy all of the amenities of an upscale life. Our picturesque town is small in size with only 5,200 residents, but world famous for its scenic boat tours, historic buildings, museums, parks, acclaimed theatre company, dining, shopping, accommodations, hospitality, and location.

Gananoque was named by Native Americans because it was a destination for healing and peace along the river banks. The same rings true today as many visitors enjoy luxurious spas and other outdoor activities like hitting a few rounds at one of the four golf courses, fishing, biking, kayaking, or strolling along the river.

Eating in local Gananoque restaurants is pleasing for all palettes, from casual dining to five-star menus composed of locally grown fresh produce.

After a relaxing day outdoors, visitors may hit the theatre or roll the dice at the casino. Professional live, matinee and evening performances run almost daily at the Thousand Islands Playhouse year round. With shows of all genres – comedy to family – there’s sure to be something for everybody. Boaters can even park right at the Playhouse’s dock.

The Festival of the Islands lights up the town every August to give visitors a taste of all the fun to be had in Gananoque. This week-long festival includes waterfront concerts, historical reenactments, outdoor breakfasts, and a dazzling fireworks finale. Click here for more details:

Traveling with children? Gananoque has lots to offer children of all ages.

Gananoque in a Day:
Start your day off with a hearty breakfast overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Stoll along the walking path before you head off on an afternoon boat cruise. Enjoy lunch on the boat and snap photographs as you take in all the sites before you dock at the playhouse for an afternoon matinee at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Grab dinner at one of the many elegant five-star hotels and then head to the casino to live it up late into the night.

Free Activities:

  • Window shopping at the many shops
  • Strolling along the river
  • Self-guided walking tours available at the Chamber of Commerce

For more information:
1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce
10 King St E, Gananoque, ON
K7G 1E6

Tel: 1-800-561-1595
Fax: 1-613-382-1585