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NEW - Brockville aquatarium - Now Open!

The Aquatarium is a 27,000+ square foot aquarium and discovery centre on the shores of the St. Lawrence River! The world-class centre seeks to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of the beautiful and historically rich 1000 Islands region by inspiring curiosity and critical thinking, while offering engaging and entertaining adventures. With a wide variety of immersive explorations, your Ontario getaway isn't complete without a visit to Brockville's Aquatarium!

The Aquatarium is more than just an aquarium. We offer a full range of interactive exhibits and activities for kids in a comfortable and accessible environment. With ongoing clubs and camps for youth, and dive certification through a course in our state-of-the-art dive tank, the Aquatarium is your perfect port of departure for an extraordinary Ontario getaway up and down the St. Lawrence River. Our facility is open year-round, so plan your visit today!


For more information go to  http://www.aquatarium.ca 

GANANOQUE BOAT LINES
The GBL offers first class cruises of a world-class attraction – the 1000 Islands!  Sit back, relax and let the Gananoque Boat Line take you on an exciting tour of the islands. The GBL is conveniently located 10 minutes west of the resort in Gananoque.  

Offering 1-hour 1000 Islands cruises, 2.5 hour 1000 Islands cruises, and cruises to Boldt Castle on Heart Island (Please Note: Boldt Castle is located in NY State - passports required for Canadian citizens wishing to debark the tour boat to explore the castle). 


For more information go to  www.ganboatline.com 

ROCKPORT BOAT LINES

Rockport Boat Lines offers triple-decker boat tours and waterfront dining in the small village of Rockport, Ontario. The facilities are located only 10 km east of the resort, off the Thousand Islands Parkway. A number of cruises are available, including the popular One Hour, Two Hour, Sunset and Castle Tours. Visit Boldt Castle and Millionaires’ Row, which are only a taste of the adventure aboard the always spectacular scenic boat cruises of the Rockport Boat Line.

For more information go to  www.rockportcruises.com 

1000 Islands helicopter tours

1000 Islands Helicopter Tours offers the most spectacular views with three unique tours operating year-round. Feel the excitement as you lift off and fly away on a journey of a lifetime. Become mesmerized by the richness and beauty of the 1000 Islands only seen from the air. Our new state-of-the-art facility offers a welcome lounge, outdoor viewing area, plenty of parking for RVs and tour buses. See the unspoiled beauty of the St. Lawrence, marvel at the vastness of the Ivy Lea Bridge and view the richness of the 1000 Islands. Find romance, love and excitement with the breathtaking views of the most iconic landmarks in the Islands: Boldt and Singer castles. Take home the memories by purchasing your personalized high-definition videos of your tour! 
 
For more information go to http://www.fly1000islands.ca/

Shorelines casino thousand islands

The biggest game in town! Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands provides a first-class gaming experience in a magnificent setting. Travelling from the Glen House, the casino is located only 6 km from the resort. Turn left (west) on the Thousand Islands Parkway and right on the first interchange to the town of Gananoque. You can’t miss it!
Play high or low denomination games like: Wheel of Fortune, Wild Wolf, and Dueces Wild. Take a seat and try your luck on one of the following table games: Blackjack, Texas Hold'em Poker and Roulette. And of course, we have nearly 550 of the newest slot machines in the province! 
 
For more information go to http://shorelinescasinos.com/thousand-islands

BOLDT CASTLE

Boldt Castle, in the beautiful 1000 Islands, is testament to the magnificence of a bygone era...

George C. Boldt’s monument of love for his wife Louise. Boldt Castle, on romantic Heart Island, is a must-see in the 1000 Islands. Wander through Boldt Castle and let your thoughts take you into another world. This romantic island provides the setting for the saddest love story ever told. Come see a fully operable yacht like the ones popular during the heyday of Boldt Castle and the 1000 Islands. The yacht is docked at the historically unique Boldt Yacht House. Boldt Castle is located on Heart Island in the 1000 Islands, Alexandria Bay, New York. Boat tours from both the U.S. and Canada stop at Heart Island. Extensive docking is available for private pleasure craft. A shuttle from Heart Island provides access to the Boldt Castle Yacht House. 
For more information please call 1.800.847.5263

For more information go to http://www.boldtcastle.com/

OLD FORT HENRY

With guards who still march today, Fort Henry continues its role as a museum and historic site to residents of Kingston and visitors from all around the world. Once inside the wooden gates, visitors enter the realm of 19th century military life, experience guided tours, scenic views, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard (the Guard consists of a highly disciplined group of university student recruits trained as British soldiers from 1867 - they have no connection with RMC or the Canadian Military). You will also see people representing the civilian population of the fort as school teachers and soldiers' wives. The fort plays host to numerous special ceremonies and events that take place all season long.


For more information go to http://www.forthenry.com/


UPPER CANADA VILLAGE

Our costumed interpreters will be happy to tell you what life was like in the 19th century. Please ask them your questions and share your observations. Buildings include: Asselstine's Woollen Factory, a bakery, Beach's Sawmill, Bellamy's Steam Flour Mills, Blacksmith's Shop, Broommaker, Cabinetmaker, Christ Church, Cook's Tavern and Livery, Crysler Store, Discovery Centre, Dressmaker, Engine House, Gazette Printing Office, Louck's Farm, Lutheran Pastor's House, Masonic Lodge, McDiarmid Home, Physician's House, Providence Chapel, Robertson Home, Ross Farm, School House, Shoemaker, Telegraph Signal Tower, Tenant Farm, Tinshop, Union Cheese Factory and Willard's Hotel.

We suggest that you plan a three to four hour visit at Upper Canada Village. If you are only able to stay for one or two hours, we recommend the following tour routes:
ONE HOUR: Cook's Tavern, Crysler Hall, Loucks Farm, Gazette Printing Office and one of the mills (Flour Mill, Woollen Factory or Saw Mill)
TWO HOURS: Asselstine's Woollen Factory, Bellamy's Steam Flour Mills, Beach's Sawmill, Cook's Tavern, Crysler Store, Crysler Hall, Dressmaker's Shop, Loucks Farm, Gazette Printing Office, School House, Ross Farm and Blacksmith Shop.

For more information go to http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/


KINGSTON TROLLeY 

Tour through three centuries of living history! Relax and let our trained guides take you on an exploratory tour of Kingston’s beautiful waterfront, charming limestone heritage and modern attractions in the comfort of Kingston’s only trolley.

For more information go to http://www.kingstonchamber.on.ca/tourism


THE STEAM MUSEUM

The Pumphouse Steam Museum holds relics from the era when steam power was king! There are steam engines dating from the 19th - 20th century showcasing the variety of uses and applications for the steam engine. The Pump House Steam Museum is located in one of Canada’s oldest original water works – where steam-powered pumps provided the first running water to Kingston residents from 1850. Only six similar preserved water pumping plants remain in North America. The museum’s most incredible artifact is the museum itself – where the original pumps are animated and visitors can discover exactly how they worked. Guided or self-guided tours show how steam power was an essential element of the industrial development of Canada and pumped water played a key role in Kingston’s history.  

For more information go to http://www.steammuseum.ca/


FISHING GUIDES

Fishing is a very popular sport in the 1000 Islands, with many species of fish available for the angler in all of us! What better way to get to the local hot spots than with one of the local "River Rats." 

Doug Amo - 613-923-5357
damos@ripnet.com

For more information go to www.fishing1000islands.com


AREA GOLFING

Golfing in the 1000 Islands region is unique and absolutely spectacular! Experience the challenge and beauty of Smuggler’s Glen, the top-rated course in Eastern Ontario and a must-play for Glen House guests and those passing through the area. Smuggler’s Glen is an exciting “risk/reward” style course that features several elevated tee-offs and outstanding scenic views. Golfers often comment on the amazing quality and consistency of the tour-like fast, bent grass greens.
Smuggler’s Glen also offers lessons and a teaching academy for both new and experienced golfers looking to tune up their game. Rental clubs are available in our proshop for driving range or playing use.

Boating To Golf:  Drive your own personal watercraft to the course; we provide shuttle service from our resort’s main dock to and from Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course, directly across the road. What a unique way to spend a summer afternoon - boating and golfing in the same day! Visit our golf section of the website for green fee rates, lessons and club rental info. 

Other Courses to play: If you are looking to play another course in the area during your stay with us, we suggests the following golf courses, all within a 40-minute drive of the resort:

Tee-off two consecutive times to experience the unique #4th and 5th holes at Gananoque Golf and Country Club. Play some of the oldest courses in North America that are steeped in 1000 Islands tradition and history; the Gananoque Golf and Country Club dates back to 1921 and the Thousand Islands Country Club on Wellesley Island, N.Y. to the late 1800’s.
 

Brockville Country Club
18 Holes, Semi-Private,
(613) 342-2468
Loyalist Golf Club
18 Holes, Semi-Private, 
(613) 352-5152
Thousand Islands Country Club
18 Holes, Semi-Private, 
1 (800) 928-8422
Glen Lawrence Golf Course
18 Holes, Semi-Private,
(613) 545-1021
Colonnade Golf Course
18 Holes, Semi-Private,
(613) 542-6411
Gananoque Country Club
9 Holes, Semi-Private,
(613) 382-3171
Greene Acres Golf Course
9 Holes, Semi-Private, 
(613) 382-4653
 


For the young enthusiasts, a putt-and-play 18-hole miniature golf course is a fun challenge, located in Gananoque adjacent the town's east gate. 


Along The Way

If you are driving along the 401 and looking for another course of equal quality to play before or after playing Smuggler’s Glen, we would recommend playing the following along the St. Lawrence River:

From Toronto area...

Black Bear Ridge Golf Course
1 866 811 2327 located just off the 401, north of Belleville, On

Timber Ridge Golf Course
613 475 1022 located just off the 401, near Brighton, On

From Montreal area...

Upper Canada Golf Course
613 543 2003, located just off the 401, near Morrisburg, On


1000 ISLANDS PLAYHOUSE

The Playhouse offers two side-by-side, fully renovated historic venues - The Springer Theatre and the Firehall Theatre. The Playhouse theatres are nestled on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in picturesque Gananoque, Ontario. The Playhouse offers live theatre in-season from May to November. These professional performances are greatly enjoyed by guest and member theatre-goers alike. Creative productions include comedies, satires, musicals and love stories. Theatrical professionals (Designers, Producers, Directors, Artists and Performers) from across the country showcase their talent. The Playhouse is known to offer live entertainment on par with other top Ontario venues, such as The Shaw and Stratford festivals.

For more information go to http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com

BOATING

The 1000 Islands offers a truly unique and extraordinary boating experience. The region has long been a playground for the rich and famous cottagers and their guests for summertime water fun. Triple-decker boat tours continue to be the favourite way for visitors to get out and see the islands and the huge castle-like “cottages” up close. For the more adventurous, the Glen House Resort offers ½ day and full day boat rentals, which allow you to set your own agenda for cruising around and exploring the islands. Create your own sightseeing experience. With island after island and port after port of breathtaking beauty, fascinating history and lively activity, it’s easy to see why the 1000 Islands is a popular cruising destination for both power boaters, sailors and paddlers.  

The maritime culture of the 1000 Islands makes it the ultimate boater-friendly destination. Here, your boat ties you to the community. So much is accessible by boat… restaurants, resorts, parks, museums, golf courses, retail shops, and, of course, the scenic islands!


PRIVATE BOAT CHARTERS

Dave Williams’s Private Boat Tours 

Let Dave take you for a private tour in his 24' runabout and you will see what you missed on the larger tour boats! His boat and knowledge of the St. Lawrence River await you for an up-close-and-personal look at the many wonders of the 1000 Islands area. Dave will take you into bays and channels, unreachable in the larger boats. You will learn the stories of the rich and famous, and sometimes infamous, who have built many island mansions. Dave can also drop you off and pick you up at one of the numerous Parks Canada islands or take you on a moonlight 1000 Islands cruise.

Dave’s boat is docked at the resort; he departs directly from our main dock. Reservations for private tours with can be made at our front desk.

For more information go to www.1000islandsboattours.com


SCENIC DRIVES

Open up your windows or put the top down and take in our beautiful scenery and fresh country air. Take a short drive to go hiking or sightseeing or perhaps choose a destination to drive to for lunch and shopping. Below are a few of our recommended and popular destinations.

Trip across the 1000 Islands International Bridge to visit the towns of Alexandria Bay N.Y. Or Clayton N.Y. (passports will be needed). Take in a beautiful panoramic view of the 1000 Islands from atop the bridge. Make sure to stop by the 1000 Islands Tower on Hill Islands, On and visit the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. Both Alexandria Bay and Clayton offer a wide variety of shops and restaurants. 

Drive to Westport. Visit the Rideau lock system, a UNESCO-designated heritage site. Westport offers a variety of tourist shops and restaurants. Make sure you stop in at Kilborn's on the Rideau, a unique country store in Newboro.

Drive to Merrickville. Travel through the back country of eastern Ontario and experience the beauty of our rural farming communities. The quaint old mill town of Merrickville is about a 40 minute drive from the Glen House Resort. A variety of memorable shops and restaurants await you in Merrickville.

SHOPPING GUIDE

  • Downtown Gananoque
  • Cataraqui Town Centre,
    the largest mall in the area. Exit off Hwy. 401 at Gardiners Road, Kingston 
  • Kingston Outlet Stores 
    Exit off Hwy. 401 at Division Street, Kingston
  • Downtown Kingston 
    Princess Street. Exit Division Street. Experience the history and charm of the downtown core's unique shops, restaurants, cafes and entertainment. 
  • Westport
  • Merrickville
  • Newboro

SCUBA DIVING

The 1000 Islands boasts the world’s best fresh water diving. Due to an influx of zebra mussels, the visibility for divers is now up to 70 feet and has caused a sensation throughout the dive industry. Thanks to the fresh, cold water of the St. Lawrence River, there are over 200 shipwrecks preserved dating back to the War of 1812, leaving us exciting time capsules to explore.

Our local tour company is:
River Diver
Rockport, ON
(905) 706-6677
For more information go to http://www.riverdiver.ca/


PAINTBALL

Try something new and exciting! Paint ball is a fun activity for resort corporate conference groups, families and friends. Ground Zero strives to offer the safest playing conditions possible. There are five spectator-friendly fields to sit and take in the action. The site has over 200 acres of land in play. The excitement never ends. Speedballers and woodballers alike can enjoy a variety of fields.

Ground Zero Paintball
613 382 0277, Marble Rock Road 
approximately 15 minutes northwest of the resort 
For more information go to http://www.gzpaintball.ca

SKYDIVING

Your first skydive here in Gananoque involves exiting a perfectly good airplane from at least 9,000 feet above the earth and flying through the air for thousands of feet! This kind of FUN & EXCITEMENT is not recommended for the timid! - Well, to be honest, it may be just what you need!

For more information go to http://www.skydivegan.com/