Cruising Kingston, the Rideau, and the 1000 Islands

Cruising the 1000 Islands. Famously a playground for the rich, a hot commodity for family cottages, and the destination we can thank for that salad dressing, the 1000 Islands are one of the most beautiful places on earth — with endless shorelines, majestic views, and a storied history.

After exploring Kingston’s Historic Waterfront, cruise around Kingston and the 1000 Islands on a sightseeing, dining or private charter cruise. Whatever your preference, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable time on the water. Take a Mardi Gras themed trip, indulge in wine or beer-tasting, or sit back and enjoy a music or comedy performance while you cruise.

Step aboard a Bateau-Mouche styled Catamaran, a Mississippi River paddlewheeler or a St. Lawrence Steamer and cruise the 1000 Islands in style.

Your cruise might be over but the night is still young!​ ​Hop back into Kingston​ and experience our vibrant nightlife​, dine at our​ ​restaurants​, cafés and pubs, and enjoy the summer​ ​patio scene​.

Choose a Kingston 1000 Islands Cruise

There are a thousand reasons to ​choose a Kingston 1000 Islands Cruise​.


Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

Food, Fun and Entertainment is this company’s motto. They offer a wide range of cruisess from sightseeing to fine dining and entertainment. Hit the open water with ​Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises​.

Ontario Waterway Cruises

Meet new friends on a Canadian river cruise and explore Ontario’s magnificent heritage waterways. We invite you to take time to unwind on our peaceful riverboat as an ever-changing panorama of scenic lakes, rivers and locks slowly pass before your eyes; the perfect backdrop to whatever you choose to do onboard. Learn more.

St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

Experience the beautiful and historic St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers on a classic Canadian riverboat. St. Lawrence Cruise Lines offers the very best in calm-water river cruising with an emphasis on safety, comfort, and hospitality. This overnight cruise line operates from May to October, and will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2021.

The M/V Canadian Empress is a 64-passenger ship designed with a nostalgic Victorian exterior and a stylish contemporary interior, making it the ideal setting to spend 4, 5, 6, or 7 nights exploring Canada’s majestic inland waters. Some of the sights you will see include the 1000 Islands, International Seaway locks, the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, and the historic old ports of Montreal and Quebec City.

Plan Your Trip to Kingston

Make your stay even easier by knowing how to get to—and around—Kingston. Find interactive maps, public transit information, the Visitor Information Ccentre, international travellers’ passport requirements and more. Start planning your stay.