Paddling in Brockville and the 1000 Islands
St. Lawrence River: The Thousand Islands Paddling Trail is divided into 9 paddling routes, organized to follow the flow of the St. Lawrence river from Kingston, in the west, to Brockville, in the east. They are somewhat artificial in that the river can be paddled in any direction and in thousands of combinations. Routes are constructed as half-day and full-day excursions and directly abut one another to allow for extended tripping.
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: Also known locally as “The Back Pond”, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is located north of Brockville, just two km from Highway 29. Mac Johnson includes 532 hectares with 11 kilometers of trails that cross wetland, field and forest, with a large reservoir located on the property. Picnic tables, a large picnic shelter, a group firepit, barbecues and accessible washrooms are available on the north side of the reservoir. A canoe access point is located on Centennial Road near the dam.
Paddle the Arch: Canoeing and kayaking on the Frontenac Arch Biosphere is a fabulous experience. With the rugged Precambrian geology and topography, there are a myriad of lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams. While the region is known for the Thousand Islands, there are in fact more than 3,000 islands on the local lakes and rivers.
Visit the 1000 Islands
Brockville is the only municipality that owns islands in the 1000 Islands. Accessible to the public by boat in the summer months, they can be used for picnicking and swimming in the day time, as well as overnight camping.
Parks Canada operates the Thousand Islands National Park from Mallorytown Landing, to the West of Brockville. These islands are nationally owned and operated and are open to the public during the summer for day use and camping. With newly installed oTENTik camping cabins on some of the islands, it is easy to add a little luxury to your rugged island camping getaway.
Get to the islands with the use of your own boat, canoe, or kayak, or rent one from a local business.