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  • Kingston

    The historic city of Kingston, located in eastern Ontario is the gateway to the world-famous Thousand Islands, is touched by the currents of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and the Cataraqui River.

    • Thousand Islands

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    • Kingston Town Crier

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    • Thousand Islands in Fall

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    • Fort Henry

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    • Thousand Islands Boat Tour

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    • Kingston Farmers Market

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    • Kingston Harbour

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    Known for its markets and its striking 19th-century limestone architecture, Kingston is a great base for exploring the Thousand Islands and the St. Lawrence River and its national park. Take a cruise through the Thousand Islands or the ferry over to Wolfe Island. Wander through Kingston Public Market, the oldest market in Canada. Visit Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada, today a UNESCO world heritage site. Stroll around the Confederation Basin Marina buzzing with activity.

    Downtown Kingston is the cultural and entertainment hub and features phenomenal shopping options, art galleries bars and restaurants.

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  • Ontario Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Toronto

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to October

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Thousand Islands

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    • Toronto Skyline at Night

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    • Parliament Hill, Ottawa

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    • EdgeWalk Lakeside, Toronto

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    • Cultural Ottawa

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    Arrive Toronto

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Toronto. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Fairmont Royal York

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    Toronto

    We have allowed a full day to explore Toronto, as this cosmopolitan city has a wide array of attractions to keep you busy day and night. Don’t miss taking a trip up the CN Tower, for a bird's eye view of the city, or a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum. If you love shopping then Eaton Centre, showcasing more than 200 retailers and restaurants.

    Hotel: Fairmont Royal York

    81Mi/130Km

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    Niagara Falls

    No visit to Ontario would be complete without seeing the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. En route, you pass the beautiful orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula. Perhaps take the short drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a historic village a few miles away.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Fallsview Resort & Spa

    70Mi/110Km

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    Cambridge

    Today you leave Niagara behind and make the short journey to Cambridge. Located in Grand River Country, Cambridge boasts over 80 parks and its Farmers Market is rated one of the best in Canada. Your hotel, Langdon Hall, exudes the air of an old Ontario estate with majestic gardens.

    Hotel: Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa

    95Mi/152Km

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    Georgian Bay & Collingwood

    Journeying west, you continue to enjoy the scenery of Grand River Country. Perhaps make a stop at the village of Saint Jacobs, which is known for its quaint shops filled with local crafts. Your hotel sits close to the shores of the majestic Georgian Bay, where a myriad of water activities can be enjoyed. There are also hiking and biking trails surrounding the resort.

    Hotel: The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain

    95Mi/152Km

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    Muskoka Lakes.

    It’s only a short drive, but a wonderfully scenic one, to your next destination of Muskoka Lakes. Magnificent Muskoka Country is home to sparkling lakes shimmering under pale blue skies and glorious white pines swaying in the breezes. Kayak across the lake, follow the nature trails by bike or on foot, or simply relax in the spa.

    Hotel: JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

    254Mi/408Km

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    Algonquin Provincial Park & Ottawa

    Although the longest driving day, the splendid scenery en route makes it an enjoyable journey. Heading east, you pass the base of Algonquin Provincial Park, a must stop on any itinerary if you enjoy spectacular scenery and a little wildlife spotting. Your destination is Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, steeped in history and boasting a wide array of museums and galleries. Take time to visit the Parliament Buildings, take a cruise along the Rideau Canal and explore the training centre of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Laurier

    122Mi/196Km

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    Kingston & Thousand Islands

    It’s a short journey into the southern plains of Ontario today. Be sure to stop at Upper Canada Village, sitting on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, where a living history museum depicts the early life of Canadian inhabitants. Kingston is the gateway to Thousand Islands, a myriad of tiny islands dotted through the water. You may choose to take a boat trip, meandering between the isles, or perhaps take to the skies on a helicopter flight for the ultimate birds eye view. This evening, select one of the waterfront restaurants which specialise in locally sourced seafood.

    Hotel: Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel

    165Mi/266Km

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    Toronto

    Today make the short journey back to Toronto. Hugging the coast along Lake Ontario, there are plenty of small villages where you can stop and explore. Back in Toronto you have the opportunity of visiting the attractions you missed on your first visit.

    Hotel: Fairmont Royal York

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    Journey home

    Today, return your rental car to Toronto International Airport and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2069 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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  • Canada's Capital Cities & Niagara Falls

    Begins in Toronto, Ontario and ends in Quebec City, Quebec

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your escorted tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Ottawa at Night

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    • Niagara Falls Boat Tour

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    • Toronto Skyline

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    • Old Quebec

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    Day
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    Arrive Toronto

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Toronto. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel which is located in the heart of the city. Enjoy a little time to relax before meeting your Tauck Tour Director and travelling companions at the Royal Ontario Museum for a welcome dinner. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Royal York (Dinner included)

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    Niagara Falls

    Today you journey to thundering Niagara Falls. This morning hop onboard a boat cruise for an up-close view of the plunging waters and misty spray created by the Falls. Lunch is enjoyed in the charming, Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, before making the return journey to Toronto for a visit to the CN Tower. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Royal York (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Thousand Islands

    En route to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa there's a luncheon cruise through the Thousand Islands, home to quaint summer houses and opulent mansions. Once in Ottawa you are free to explore this exciting capital city. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Ottawa

    Enjoy a guided visit to the city’s grand Parliament Buildings, including the House of Commons, where vaulted ceilings, marble floors and stone walls adorned by hundreds of gargoyles create a grand feel. Next, it’s on to the Canadian Museum of History. Dating back to 1856, it showcases Canadian history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Breakfast included)

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    Montreal

    Before departing for French-speaking Montreal, enjoy a presentation by an officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Once in Montreal, experience a country chateau lunch followed by a guided city tour. 

    Hotel: Hilton Bonaventure Montreal (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Montreal

    Take a walking tour through Old Montreal, a contrasting environment to the bustling new city and sample an array of epicurean delights. The rest of the day is yours to do as you wish. Perhaps a visit to the fashionable shops of Place Ville Marie and St. Catherine or explore the underground city. This evening, enjoy culinary traditions at a popular local restaurant. 

    Hotel: Hilton Bonaventure Montreal (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Montmorency Falls & Quebec City

    Heading east you wind through the heart of French Canada along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City. En route enjoy a taste of locally produced maple ice at Trois Rivieres, and stop for lunch besides Montmorency Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls. Your accommodation in Quebec City, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, is one of the most iconic hotels in French Canada and overlooks Old Quebec and the port. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Ile D'Orleans

    This morning, tour Old Quebec where ancient stone houses huddle beside churches and historical monuments. Next you venture out of the city to historic Île d’Orléans, a French-inspired island of red-roofed farm houses and bountiful fields of agricultural produce. Savour lunch in a historic French flour mill and an afternoon cider tasting.

    Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Quebec City

    The entire day is yours to enjoy Quebec City’s enchanting setting on the St. Lawrence River, its rich architectural legacy and its colourful past. Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel this evening.

    Hotel: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing and shopping before you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. 

    Prices

    From £2765 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Haunted Walks

    Toronto, Ottawa & Kingston

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    • The Original Haunted Tour of Toronto

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    • Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery

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    • Haunted Walks

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    Ghosts, graveyards, hangings and haunts, Haunted Walks take you on spine-tingling ghost stories around Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston. Prepare to be chilled to the bone with stories of haunted theatres, wrongful hangings, trickster ghosts, duels to the death, hidden burial grounds and distressed spirits. Generally taking between one and two hours, each location offers a choice of tours, each with a different theme, and each pertinent to the city. In Ottawa, choose from the Original Haunted Walk, The Great Ghost Adventure, Crime and Punishment Jail Tour or Ghosts and Gallows. The historic city of Kingston has a fabled past which can be discovered on the Original Haunted Walk. Alternatively, you can hear the eerie tales of Fort Henry on Ghosts of the Fort. Toronto’s Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery tour takes place on its cobblestone streets, whilst the Original Haunted Walk showcases theatrical hauntings and unsolved mysteries.

    The Original Haunted Walk of Toronto

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    Ghosts, graveyards, hangings and haunts. Hear some of the spine-tingling ghost stories from the earliest days of the city, including haunted theatres, unsolved mysteries and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House. The tour departs from the courtyard in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame (30 Yonge Street).

    Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    With tales of duels to the death, the perilous world of whiskey-making and the explosive War of 1812, you'll quickly see why this area is known as one of Toronto's most haunted spots. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of the historic Distillery District and area by lantern light. This tour is year round and departs from 30 Gristmill Lane in the Distillery District

    The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    This popular tour shares some of the city's favourite ghost stories from the area and leads you by candlelight to some of Ottawa's most haunted spots including: the Bytown Museum, the Fairmont Château Laurier and Ottawa's haunted high school. 

    Ghosts and the Gallows

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    This tour takes you inside the old Carleton County Jail (now the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel) one of the most haunted buildings in North America. Was the wrong man hanged for the murder of D'Arcy McGee? Does he haunt the jail today? Experience the jail on this year-round tour and decide for yourself.

    Crime and Punishment Jail Tour 

    Duration: 1 Hour

    Unlike the Ghosts and the Gallows tour, this tour sets the ghost stories aside and concentrates on the incredible history of the old Carleton County Jail (now the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel). How was the prison used? How bad were the living conditions? Did inmates try to escape? How many were executed? All these questions are answered and more as you are put face-to-face with the last working gallows in Canada.

    The Original Haunted Walk of Kingston

    Duration: 1 Hour

    Haunting locals and newcomers alike, this walking tour takes you through Kingston's old Sydenham Ward. It features hidden burial grounds, grave robbings, hangings at the old courthouse, and Kingston's famous haunted courtyard.

    Ghosts of the Fort

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    As seen on Ghost Hunters, explore Fort Henry, Kingston's spooky 19th century fortress, as your guide recounts its tragic history, including the hanging of Nils Von Schoultz, the secret of Deadman's Bay, and many supernatural encounters. Please note some locations on this tour may be frightening to young children.

    Prices

    The Original Haunted Walk of Toronto

    Prices from £13 per adult, £11 per child (10-14 years) and children under 10 years free.

    Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery

    Prices from £13 per adult, £11 per child (10-14 years) and children under 10 years free.

    The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa

    Prices from £11 per adult, £8 per child (10-14 years) and children under 10 years free.

    Ghosts and the Gallows

    Prices from £12 per adult and £10 per child (10-14 years)

    Crime and Punishment Jail Tour 

    Prices from £11 per adult and £9 per child (10-14 years)

    The Original Haunted Walk of Kingston

    Prices from £11 per adult and £9 per child (10-14 years)

    Ghosts of the Fort

    Prices from £13 per adult and £10 per child (10-14 years)

    1000 Island Helicopter Tours

    Kingston

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    • 1000 Island Helicopters

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    • Boldt Castle

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    • 1000 Islands

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    There is no better way of viewing the spectacular Thousand Islands than from the skies. Feel the excitement as you gently take flight, accompanied by personal narration of the region shared by your experienced pilot. Ranging in duration from ten minutes to an hour, choose from five tours each showcasing a different aspect of the area. For a longer experience, try one of the packages which include helicopter flights and ground arrangements. Prince Edwards County Wine Package, Maple Syrup Package, UNESCO Discovery Tour and Ice Fishing by Helicopter, each offering a unique experience.

    1000 Island Tour

    Duration: 10 Minutes

    Take an adventure of a lifetime when you experience the 1000 Islands from the air. Within seconds after take-off, you will see the exquisite sights that inspire people from around the world. See the unspoiled beauty and splendor of the St. Lawrence Parks, the Town of Gananoque and the Ivy Lea Bridge. Take in the stunning views of the private island homes, unseen from the water or roadways. You will leave feeling amazed and inspired with the picturesque scenery.

    Boldt Castle Tour

    Duration: 20 Minutes

    Experience the love and romance of the most iconic landmark in the history of the 1000 Islands, Boldt Castle. Many come to see the beauty of the islands but some come to see the incredible opulence of the many mansions built upon these granite islands. Inarguably the most famous of all is Boldt Castle on Heart Island. Built by George Boldt in the late 1800s, he abandoned the structure before it was finished when his wife suddenly died. The love tragedy of Boldt Castle can only be truly understood by adoring the beauty from 1000 ft above the grounds.

    Two Castle Tour

    Duration: 30 Minutes

    For a truly unique and unforgettable experience the 2 Castle Tour provides everything that the 1000 Islands have to offer. Beyond Boldt Castle, on Dark Island lies Singer Castle, another magnificent estate built in the early 1900’s by Gilbert Bourne of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. These two beautiful castles will take you back in time and leave you feeling mesmerized by their splendour. Experience this romantic tour with breathtaking views as the sun sets on the 1000 Islands.

    The WORKS Tour

    Duration: 1 Hour

    This exclusive tour allows you to experience the most of the 1864 splendid Islands, first class! After minutes of taking off you will find yourself flying over the marvelous and historic Kingston, Ontario. The views the charming downtown Kingston, the notable Fort Henry and the famous Kingston Penitentiary will leave you speechless. After leaving Kingston, the forgotten parts of the 1000 islands will be uncovered. You will explore the history of the sunken ships of the St. Lawrence and the disintegrating Wyckoff Villa only seen from the air. After exploring the forgotten parts, you will be taken to the most iconic landmarks of the 1000 islands, Boldt and Singer Castles. This all inclusive tour allows you to see all the marvels of the 1000 islands and St. Lawrence including shipwrecks, downtown Kingston, famous castles and the peaceful islands themselves. Included in this tour is your personalized video and t-shirt.

    Kingston City Tour

    Duration: 30 Minutes

    On this tour you will get a bird’s eye view of historic and charming downtown Kingston, the notable Fort Henry, Queen’s University and the famous Kingston Penitentiary. From there you will journey along the river to discover the forgotten sunken ships.

    Prices

    1000 Island Tour

    From £64 per person.

    Boldt Castle Tour

    From £102 per person.

    Two Castle Tour

    From £149 per person.

    The WORKS Tour

    From £290 per person.

    Kingston City Tour

    From £149 per person.

     

     

     

    Self Drive Boat Rental

    Smiths Falls, Ontario

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    • Horizon Boat

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    • Living Area

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    • Double Bedroom

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    • Onboard Kitchen

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    • Sun Deck

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    • Rideau Canal

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    • Kingston

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    • Lock Gate on the Rideau Canal

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    Fancy kicking back and leisurely sailing along the stunningly beautiful Rideau Canal? As it winds its way 202km (125 miles) from Ottawa to Kingston, the Rideau Canal is bursting with new experiences just waiting to be explored. Whether you like taking in abundant nature, discovering fascinating culture or simply indulging in some of the finer things - the Rideau Canal has something for you!

    With a variety of rental options in terms of boat sizes (From 2 people to 10 people can be accommodated on the boats) and length of hire, you can tailor your own itinerary and cruise along at whatever pace you like.

    Boats

    Horizon

    Sleeps up to 4 Cabins 2 Bathrooms 1

    • Boat Size: 11 m x 4 m
    • 1 large forward cabin with convertible double bed
    • 1 small cabin for 2 more passengers or to be used as storage space
    • Bathroom with separate shower area
    • Large stateroom
    • Backyard outside area and large sundeck fully equipped

    Horizon 2S

    Sleeps up to 5 Cabins 2 Bathrooms 2

    • Boat Size: 11.5m x 4.2m
    • 1 large forward cabin with convertible double bed
    • 1 small cabin for two more passengers
    • 2 ensuite bathrooms
    • Large stateroom with convertible settee (sleeps 1)
    • Rear outside seating area and large sundeck

    Horizon 3

    Sleeps up to 8 Cabins 3 Bathrooms 3

    • Boat size:13.5m x 4.3m
    • 2 cabins
    • 2 en-suite bathrooms
    • Large stateroom with convertible settee (sleeps 1)
    • Rear outside seating area and large sundeck

    Horizon 4

    Sleeps up to 10 Cabins 4 Bathrooms 4

    • Boat Size: 13.5m x 4.3m
    • 2 double cabins at the front
    • 2 side cabins with convertible double/twin bed(s)
    • All cabins have ensuite bathrooms
    • Large stateroom with convertible settee (sleeps 2)
    • Rear outside seating area and large sundeck
    Prices

    From £430 per person, based on two sharing the Horizon Boat for a 7 night rental. Please note this price does not include mooring fees, fuel surcharge, increased insurance coverage or any additional extras. Other size boats are also available on request.

    Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

    Kingston

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    • The Island Queen

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    • The Island Star

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    • Sunset Dinner Cruise

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    • The Island Star Lunch Cruise

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    • The Island Queen

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    • The Island Star Interior

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    Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises offers the widest variety of cruise options in the 1000 Islands region. Discover local islands and sights such as Fort Henry, Kingston Penitentiary, and the Alexander Henry along Kingston's historic waterfront on-board a cruise.

    Heart of the Islands Cruise
    The three hour Heart of the Islands Cruise begins with a view of Kingston’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and then winds through the small cottage islands of the Admiralty Islands. You’ll see Wanderer’s Channel and the Bateau Channel, along with historic and opulent mansions. This cruise features historical commentary and live entertainment as well as a full service snack bar. There is also a Heart of the Islands Lunch Cruise which includes either a buffet lunch on the Island Queen or a gourmet restaurant style three-course meal on the Island Star. A Brunch Cruise is also available on Saturdays and Sundays, between from June 23rd to September 3rd. 

    Duration: 3 hours

    Sunset Dinner Cruise
    Step aboard the Island Star for a premiere dining experience in the 1000 Islands; a floating restaurant on the St Lawrence River. Sip VQA Ontario wines, enjoy a four course meal and experience live entertainment beneath the stars on a spectacular three hour sunset cruise.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Prices

    Heart of the Islands Cruise
    From £33 per person.

    Heart of the Islands Lunch Cruise
    From £50 per person.

    Heart of the Islands Brunch Cruise
    From £47 per person.

    Sunset Dinner Cruise
    From £62 per person.

    Kingston Trolley Tours

    Kingston

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    • Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour of Kingston

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    • Trolley Tour with Experienced Tour Guide

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    • 75 Minute Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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    Kingston Trolley Tours takes you on an in-depth tour of Kingston's historic downtown and waterfront, stopping at all of the city's most well-known visitor destinations including Fort Henry, the Penitentiary Museum, and Queen’s University.

    You can hop off at any on the nine stops, stay for as long as you like, then hop back on and continue your tour. Trolleys follow a figure-8 route that divides the route into two halves: you can begin with the east half of the tour, hop off at the Market Square stop (stop 4) to get lunch, and take a cruise, then continue with the West half of your tour.

    1. Visitor Information Centre, City Hall
    2. The Royal Military College of Canada
    3. Fort Henry
    4. Market Square
    5. Pump House Steam Museum
    6. Bellevue House
    7. Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
    8. Queen’s University
    9. Princess Street Entertainment and Shopping District

    Duration: 75 minutes

    Prices

    24 hour pass
    From £21 per person.

    48 hour pass
    From £30 per person.

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