Gananoque, St Lawrence River

Lying right in the heart of the Thousand Islands area, Gananoque is an extremely pleasant, friendly small town with a large marina. It titles itself as "The Gateway to the Thousand Islands" and many cruisers from Montreal and Toronto move their craft there and use it as a cruising base for the summer season. In the last couple of weeks of July and first week of August you are unlikely to get a berth here unless you have reserved a space several weeks in advance.

The marina has been modernised in the past couple of years and the floating breakwater at its south western end is no longer in place, having been replaced with a new fixed outer pontoon which is connected to the main pontoon system. This has not only improved protection in the main marina, but also increased the number of deep water berths available for craft drawing more than 2.0 m. The marina has all the usual facilities one would expect, but no fuel pontoon. The nearest fuel is 20 miles upstream in Kingston.

The town centre is within easy walking distance and has a good number of interesting and high quality bars, restaurants and cafes. There is also a local microbrewery which is open for tours and tastings. The supermarket and a Canadian Tire depot where propane bottles can be refilled are slightly further out of town but just about still within walking distance.

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