Leeds and the 1000 IslandsLeeds and the 1000 Islands (TLTI, population 9,300 in 2011) and Front of Yonge (population 5,700 in 2016) cover a large rural area between Brockville and Kingston on the St. Lawrence River in eastern Ontario.
The town of Gananoque is independent of TLTI, but surrounded by the township on all sides.
Mallorytown, nominal headquarters of the 1000 Islands National Park, is on the north mainland shore of the St. Lawrence River in Front of Yonge.
The area was settled by a strong core of United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolutionary War who participated in the War of 1812. This heritage is celebrated through the area.
Leeds and the 1000 Islands is part of the beaten-path Windsor-Quebec corridor which runs through Toronto and Montréal. As part of the Seaway Region, it is easily reachable by land or water - although some of the park islands may only be reached by cruising on small craft.
- From Gananoque, take the scenic 1000 Islands Parkway east. Two lanes of waterfront highway, a foot path and a cycle path end just west of Brockville.
- From Watertown, Interstate 81 northbound ends at the 1000 Islands international bridge on Hill Island, 401 exit 661.
- From Toronto/Montréal, Highway 401 exits 659 (Landsdowne), 661 (Hill Island) or 675 (Mallorytown)
By boatTLTI is on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.
- There is a marina in Rockport, directly south of Lansdowne
- In Mallorytown, there are docks at TJ Guild Marine or the Thousand Islands National Park.
By bus, plane or train
- The closest major airport is Ottawa-Uplands. There is a small airport in Kingston with flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport
- There is a train station in Brockville and another at Gananoque Junction
- Megabus (Coach Canada) has a station in Kingston and boards passengers at a supermarket in Brockville
- The 1000 Islands Parkway provides bicycle and walking trails; bikes may be rented in Gananoque or Kingston.
- Taxis are available from Gananoque or Brockville, but may be expensive given the rural distances covered.
- Tour boats depart from Rockport to the islands.
- There is an observation tower on Hill Island; see Thousand Islands.
- There is a casino just outside the Gananoque town limits.
- There is a fairground in Lansdowne.
Chimney Islandaddress: Chimney IslandThis private island is viewable from the 1000 Islands Parkway and Brown's Bay Day Use Area. It is a National Historic Site of Canada.
Mallorytown Heritage Gardensaddress: 1523 County Road 2, MallorytownGazebo and walking paths among gardens.
Mallorytown Landing Pavilionaddress: Thousand Islands National Park, Mallorytown LandingFederal Heritage Building located inside the Thousand Islands National Park.
Remembrance Roadaddress: Corner of County Road 2 and 5A tribute to the local fallen soldiers.
Brown's Bay Day Use AreaThis is the oldest of all of the Parks of the St. Lawrence offering swimming, a boat launch, and playground. It continues to be a popular stopping point for travellers to enjoy some outdoor recreation and offers a view of Singer Castle.
Jones Creek Trails12km of trail for both novice and expert hikers with several lookout points and streams.
phone: +1 613-923-2251address: 1523 County Road 2, MallorytownGuided tours from locals in period costume about the Front of Yonge area and its history.
phone: +1 613-484-JUMPaddress: 258 Airport Road, GananoqueParachute jump and instruction, operates from a small airport north of Gananoque which otherwise offers no scheduled service.
address: 2 County Road 5, MallorytownOe of the oldest national parks in Canada spanning 20 islands. Camping, trails, and activities await!
Waterfront TrailCycle, run, or walk along the 1000 Islands Parkway and river on this paved trail.
Purcell's Freshmartaddress: 4 Quabbin RoadLocal grocery and liquor store, offering handmade salads and subs daily.
phone: +1 613-923-5339address: 1477 County Road 2, Mallorytown
phone: +1 613-923-5726address: 10 Cedar Forest Park Road
phone: +1 613-923-5449address: 66 Graham Lake Road, Mallorytown
address: 281 Leeds County Road 5, RR4 Mallorytown
phone: +1 613-923-5490address: 80 Graham Lake Road, Mallorytown
phone: +1 613-923-5261address: 2 County Road 5, RR3 Mallorytown
phone: +1 613-923-5115address: 1493 County Road 2, Mallorytown
address: 401 Highway, km 680/682 eastbound and westboundHighway service stop offering various eating establishments, convenience store, gas station, and free wifi.
- The Leeds and 1000 Islands Public Library has branches in four of the tiny rural villages with public-access computers and Wi-Fi.