The school year is drawing to a close and summer is fast approaching. Which means the time has already come to think about vacation planning. Are you looking for new ideas for spending some quality time with your family this summer, without too much hassle? You’re in luck, we’ve thought of you! After all, parents have the right to take a holiday, too.
Thousand Islands National Park with islands and mainland properties located between Kingston and Brockville, now offers a variety of accommodation options to meet any family’s needs, whether you’re looking for a comfortable nature experience or something more adventurous.
A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, the new Parks Canada oTENTik accommodations provide a camping experience made easy! Fully equipped with beds and mattresses for six people, a table and chairs, lighting, a cellphone charging station and even a charcoal barbecue, all you have to bring is your sleeping bags, dishes and whatever food you’ll need to satisfy your gang’s appetite after a day spent outdoors!
Five oTENTik accommodations at Mallorytown Landing are accessible by car and provide an incredible view of the river, while allowing young campers to take advantage of all of the activities organized by the Visitor Centre. From there, you can also launch your vessel and take to the water to discover the Thousand Islands. Five other oTENTik accommodations located on Gordon Island (2) and McDonald Island (3) are accessible only by boat (including shuttle possibilities), canoe or kayak but offer more private campsites for families looking for some tranquility.
Are your offspring the adventurous type? Are they looking for a complete change of scenery? There’s nothing better than pitching your tent on an island to feel like you’ve reached the ends of the earth, while staying close to home. The park offers 28 rustic campsites, spread over several islands. All you have to do is choose your campsite, light a campfire and gaze up at the stars.
Once you’ve arrived, kids of all ages can keep busy with a tonne of activities offered at the Mallorytown Landing Visitor Centre. More active children can burn off their energy at the playground or take part in a GPS scavenger hunt, while the more curious can visit the new exhibition on camping and participate in the Parks Canada Xplorers program. Your kids will also have the chance to see and even touch some of the animals that live inside the Visitor Centre during the summer season. The entire family can also set off to explore the magnificent views of the Thousand Islands by taking a bike tour along the river on the paved bike path that takes you along the 1000 Islands Parkway. If you want another way to stretch your legs while taking in a landscape of rugged rock faces and majestic pines, hiking the trails at Jones Creek is just the thing. And take our word for it, after such an active day, you’ll have earned those toasted marshmallows around the campfire.
Thousand Islands National Park provides the perfect setting for your next family vacation! Breathtaking landscapes, a wide range of fun activities, accommodations to suit all tastes and, best of all, the opportunity to create lasting memories for your little ones. You can even reserve it all now on the Parks Canada website.
Planning your summer holidays has never been so easy!