Canada’s Thousand Islands National Park is best known for its stunning natural beauty and its unique archipelago of islands scattered along the St. Lawrence River. Situated in southeastern Ontario, the park encompasses over 20 islands and numerous smaller islets, each with its own distinct charm and character.
The park is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, with lush forests, granite outcrops, and crystal-clear waters that make it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Visitors can explore the islands by kayak, canoe, or boat, discovering hidden coves, secluded beaches, and scenic hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The park’s rich cultural history, with ties to Indigenous communities and early European settlers, adds another layer of fascination to this remarkable natural destination.
VISIT Thousand Islands National Park:
Thousand Islands National Park was established in 1914, and has a total area of 5,760 acres (9 square miles, or 23 square kilometers).
|Hours||Closed for winter|
|Entrance Fee||Daily parking ~$8|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Thousand Islands National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Thousand Islands National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Thousand Islands National Park are June, July, August & May.
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Thousand Islands National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Thousand Islands National Park is visited.
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Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Thousand Islands National Park.
|Fort Stanwix National Monument||133 km|
|Harriet Tubman National Historical Park||167 km|
|Women's Rights National Historical Park||174 km|
|Bruce Peninsula National Park||187 km|
|Saratoga National Historical Park||239 km|
|Rouge National Urban Park||266 km|
|Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site||285 km|
|Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park||285 km|
|Martin Van Buren National Historic Site||285 km|
|Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site||302 km|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Thousand Islands National Park:
|Mount Pakenham||Pakenham, ON||719 ft||27%||112 km|
|Calabogie Peaks||Calabogie, ON||1,266 ft||37%||122 km|
|Camp Fortune||Chelsea, QC||650 ft||39%||129 km|
|Batawa Ski Hill||Batawa, ON||262 ft||39%||133 km|
|McCauley Mountain||Cold Brook, NY||2,260 ft||38%||136 km|
|Cortina||Baldwinsville, NY||2,650 ft||24%||136 km|
|Mont Cascades||Cantley, QC||1,286 ft||36%||138 km|
|Vorlage||Wakefield, QC||787 ft||34%||144 km|
|Sommet Edelweiss||Wakefield, QC||1,148 ft||33%||144 km|
|Brantling Ski & Snowboard Center||Sodus, NY||850 ft||33%||159 km|
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Thousand Islands National Park.
|Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport||YOW||Ottawa, ON||110 km|
|Syracuse Hancock International Airport||SYR||Syracuse, NY||138 km|
|Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport||YUL||Montréal, QC||214 km|
|Buffalo Niagara International Airport||BUF||Buffalo, NY||273 km|
|Lester B. Pearson International Airport||YYZ||Toronto, ON||303 km|
|Newark Liberty International Airport||EWR||New York, NJ||432 km|
|LaGuardia Airport||LGA||New York, NY||432 km|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Thousand Islands National Park.
|Watertown International Airport||ART||Watertown, NY||40 km|
|Kingston Norman Rogers Airport||YGK||Kingston, ON||53 km|
|Massena International Richards Field||MSS||Massena, NY||109 km|
|Ottawa / Gatineau Airport||YND||Gatineau, QC||134 km|
|Adirondack Regional Airport||SLK||Saranac Lake, NY||139 km|
|Greater Rochester International Airport||ROC||Rochester, NY||194 km|
|Plattsburgh International Airport||PBG||Plattsburgh, NY||199 km|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.