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Take in historic homes, buildings and cultural sites of the Kingston region. Delight in a tour of the 1000 Islands which range in size from over 1000 km2 to small uninhabited islands of only outcroppings of rocks. We also help you discover some unique hidden gems.


Day 1

Drive to Port Hope and explore the downtown historical homes and buildings with a heritage tour. Don't miss the wonderfully restored Hotel Carlyle and the historic Waddell Hotel.

Venture out of Port Hope to visit a local favourite. Located on County Road 28, Primitive Designs is an eclectic, family-owned arts and crafts shop that has become an area landmark. You won’t want to miss it.

After lunch head to Cobourg and discover this charming little town. Walk along the boardwalk or sunbathe at Victoria Beach. Don’t forgot to look for the East Pierhead Lighthouse.

Day 2

Depart from Cobourg and head to Kingston with your first stop at the Big Apple. Be sure to sample their tasty apple treats and grab a snack for the road.

Before you arrive in Kingston, head towards the Rideau Canal, Kingston Mills Locks 46-49, to take in a real marvel of engineering. It's the southernmost lock station and one of 24 in the Rideau Canal system.

Continue to Kingston, known as the “Limestone City.” After checking in to your hotel, head out to explore the scenic downtown. You'll discover the streets lined with pubs and an array of shops to explore.

Day 3

Start your day by purchasing a ticket for one of Kingston’s Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley guided tours. Ride through Kingston’s historic old town and shopping area as well as Fort Henry and Queen’s University.

Day 4

Be sure to take the time to enjoy a tour of the 1000 Islands.

Travel by boat with an audio guide as you hear tales of shipwrecks and history of the region.

You could also tour the islands by helicopter to get view of the private island homes that can't be viewed from the water or roadways. Plus, you'll get an amazing aerial view of Boldt and Singer Castles.

Boldt Castle at night

Hidden Gems

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  • Primitive Designs: It's hard to miss this electric shop on County Road 28. Just look for the giant robots and unique arts and crafts that dot the property.
  • The Big Apple: Home of delicious pies, breads and even an apple cider brewery. And don't forget Mr. Applehead – an observatory as well as the world's largest apple-shaped structure.

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