Canada Road Trip – Gananoque & Kingston, Ontario

Two friends and I set out on a road trip from New Jersey to Canada for 9 days. We left on a Friday night and drove straight to the Canadian border near the Thousand Islands bridge. Luckily, we were there late enough at night that we only had to wait a few minutes to make it through customs.

Our hotel for the night was in Gananoque, Ontario at the Ramada Gananoque Provincial Inn. Even though we got there pretty late and were ready for bed, we took a few minutes to enjoy the hotel room setup. One of the walls was covered in brick and had a nice rustic feel to it. When we got up the next morning, we looked around the rest of the hotel complex. Every two rooms were in their own little buildings and each room had a chair outside for relaxing.

We started the morning with a hike of the Lookout Trail at the Landon Bay Centre. The hike took about 15 minutes, excluding the time spent hanging out at the lookout point. The view from the top was totally worth it, a common theme of all our hikes! We spent a few minutes enjoying the view, taking selfies, and using the US cell service we were receiving!

This is the entrance to the trail we hiked.

The views from the top were stunning!

We saw cairns everywhere we went in Canada. I enjoyed pretending that I had built them!

We then drove to Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario. After we paid our admission, we were handed a paper with a list of the events for the day. We decided to join in the free tour of the grounds with a very informative tour guide. This was the first day of our trip where we learned all sorts of Canadian history! My favorite part of the fort was the bread they made in the fort ovens. We purchased the cinnamon bread and chowed down on it during the car ride to Ottawa.

We were at the fort early enough to avoid all the crowds!

The fort had a few rooms set up to display how the soldiers and officers lived.

This is where the soldiers would live with their families. The curtains would separate one family from the next. They certainly didn’t keep any sounds out, haha.

A soldier would get a loaf of bread, shown below, each day as their food ration.

I thought this was pretty cool until our tour guide told us they were just actors playing around.

After our morning in Kingston, we drove 2 hours to Ottawa, which will be in my next post!

Recommendations:

  • Ramada Gananoque Provincial Inn – We were very pleased with this hotel. The location was really close to the Thousand Island Parkway and about 45 minutes from Kingston, Ontario. The beds were a little firm, but the hotel was really unique and the staff was friendly!
  • Landon Bay Centre Lookout Trail – There was a suggested $2 donation per hiker, but the cost was worth the view. The hike was short (~15 minutes total), but we spent about 10 minutes at the lookout point.
  • Fort Henry – We spent about 1.5 hours there including a 45 minute tour. There was a schedule of activities for the day and lots to walk around and see. We didn’t feel rushed, but the place was pretty empty while we were there. We heard it can get very busy during the summer.
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