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Thousand Islands National Park, Mallorytown

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Thousand Islands National Park is located on the 1000 Islands Parkway in the Thousand Islands Region of the Saint Lawrence River. The islands are actually the worn-down tops of ancient mountains. This region, the Frontenac Axis, connects the Canadian Shield from Algonquin Park in Ontario to the Adirondack Mountains in New York.The park consists of 21 islands plus many smaller islets, 2 mainland properties and a visitor centre at Mallorytown, Ontario on the mainland. It is one of Canada's smallest national park with a total area of.Much of the park is only accessible by boat. Trail systems can be found on the mainland along the 1000 Islands Parkway at Mallorytown Landing, Jones Creek and Landon Bay. There are picnic, camping and oTENTik facilities on several islands and at Mallorytown Landing. Mallorytown Landing is a day use area that offers a large parking, a boat ramp, several oTENTiks, picnic gazebos, play ground, animal exhibits, travelling exhibits, and interpreters to help you along the way.The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, in which the park is located, is known as being one of the highest areas of biodiversity in Canada.HistoryThe first inhabitants of the park area are thought to have been hunting and fishing peoples who arrived following the last glacial period approximately 10,000 years ago. Many artifacts have been found in the park, including a 2500-year-old pot that was found by a diver in 1979. Pictographs are still visible on some shoreline cliffs despite damage due to acid rain and vandals.
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  • At one time you could camp here, not any more. Camping area closed. Beach isn't maintained, over grown... but still has a place to picnic. Bathroom facilities, boat ramp, children's play area... 
  • As a local homeowner in the region, we have the opportunity to visit Mallorytown Landing frequently but, under the guise of "ecological management", the picnic area and walking trails are deterioratin...  more »
  • If you have a boat and are around 1,000 Islands, this is a great national treasure. Check the website and information for all the options for docking, swimming, camping at one of the many islands in t...  more »
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  • Lovely spot! We rented a yurt for 3 days. Lots of spiders on the island so wouldn't recommend it if you're afraid of them. Bring a fly squatter as your yurt may have quite a few flies in there. The lot comes with chairs, a large container to store food, a battery to charge one phone but bring a car lighter adapter as that's what the battery is connected to. The outhouse is one of the cleanest I've seen.
  • Leisurely cruise that focuses on history of area. Our particular cruise also spoke briefly on several shipwrecks that sank from 100 to well over 200 years ago. People we passed on the water wave as you go by. The highlight of the cruise is Boldt Castle built by a wealthy hotel owner as a gift to his wife. It was never properly finished as she died before completion. Since then it has been completed and is maintained. We chose the 2.5 hour trip but there are other trip lengths offered as well as lunch and dinner cruises. TL;DR Decent length boat cruise at a decent price. Totally worth it!
  • Would love to tell everyone that it's disgusting and you should all stay far away. But that would be lying to make it less busy for me. Saw the islands from the bridge years ago and finally worked my way up to a boat big enough to take the family through the islands. Beautiful, clear, warm waters, lots of options for mooring or docking. Although it can be busy and preferred spots were full on long weekend. Park staff friendly and helpful. Limited facilities at most spots but compost toilets that didn't smell! We will be back next year!
  • The park is fantastic very difficult to find dock space during the Quebec holiday if you speak French speak French on the French Channel and they will save you a spot but only if you speak French. Otherwise you'll have to anchor I recommend just avoiding the place during this time.
  • great place to boat and lots of islands to stay on or dock.