As you might have guessed, water is everywhere in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. Beautiful terrain bordering the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, along with smaller streams and lakes, means that you’re never far away from adventures on the water, as well as outdoor fun on land.
It's no wonder that fishing is so amazing here. The rocky bottoms of the St. Lawrence River make for great perch and pike fishing. Pacific salmon fishing is popular on Lake Ontario. Local independent fishing guides will show you where the biggest fish bite.
There are 27 state parks in the region. You can fish at many of them, while also enjoying great camping, hiking and boating, including canoeing and kayaking. Long Point State Park is nearly surrounded by Lake Ontario, guaranteeing spectacular views. At Keewaydin, named a top family campground, watch ocean and river vessels from the shoreline. Wellesley Island has the largest camping complex in the region and is also famous for its nature center, Minna Anthony Common.
Your aquatic adventure doesn’t stop there. Go diving among historic shipwrecks (a side effect of the beautiful rock croppings and shoals). Or challenge the rapids with a whitewater rafting trip down a roaring river.
Come wintertime, you can enjoy skiing and winter sports. Go ice-fishing, try cross-country skiing at resorts like Salmon Hills, or hit the slopes at Dry Hill.
Because of the region’s natural beauty, wealthy vacationers have built waterfront estates here since the nineteenth century. Visit historic landmarks like Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay and Singer Castle and get a glimpse of a luxurious era. For more history and culture, a trip to Fort Ontario Historic Site in Oswego can boost your French and Indian War IQ. At the Seaway Trail Discovery Center, learn about more activities along one of America’s most historic and scenic byways.
Don’t forget about the region’s food and wine. Get a taste of fresh fish (what else?) and fine cuisine at restaurants here, many with terrific water views. Pair your meal with a local bottle from wineries like the Thousand Islands Winery, whose Alexandria Bay Rosé recently won a national competition.