Canoeing & Kayaking
As one of the oldest and original forms of water transportation, canoeing appears to be growing in popularity with the younger generation. Getting back to basics, spending quality time together, protecting the atmosphere and eliminating noise pollution in the great outdoors appear to be the major motivators.
The silent dipping of paddles, unobtrusive entry into small inlets and rivers, close to the water allowing birds-eye views the bottom and the ability to get up close and personal to the shoreline keep canoeing and kayaking a popular activity in the St. Lawrence Parks. Paddling over the Lost Villages Site is spectacular on a sunny day, viewing the remnants of roadways and building foundations. The Lost Villages are nine Canadian communities that were flooded during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway Power Project in the 1950s which now lie under the waters of Lake St. Lawrence in the Long Sault Parkway.
Landon’s Bay (west end) and Jones Creek (east end) of the 1000 Islands Parkway just east of Gananoque are ideal locations for dropping a kayak or canoe in the river and paddling along the shores or amongst some of the islands along the river.
You could also launch your craft at our Crysler Park Marina and paddle west along the shoreline to our little isolated natural sandy beach and picnic for the afternoon. Hand-powered watercraft still allows us to pursue the quest for tranquility, beauty, peace and freedom in a quiet, graceful manner, keeping time with our world’s natural rhythms.