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South Eastern Ontario

Stretching along the southern sections of the Trent-Severn and Rideau waterways, the north east shore of Lake Ontario, through the 1000 Islands up the St Lawrence River to the Quebec Border you will find unique events and authentic attractions to delight your senses. Delve into the long-ago days of the Loyalists, faithfully preserved in towns and villages that dot the region.

Embrace the beckoning breeze and visual splendour as the St. Lawrence River flows through the famous 1000 Islands. Boat tours weave slowly among tree-topped islets and larger islands with cottages, private mansions and castles, some dating to the 19th century. There are departures from Kingston, Gananoque, Rockport and Brockville. Enjoy warm hospitality and "joie de vivre" in the small communities. And capture the pioneering spirit of 19th century Ontario at Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg.

Historic architecture and modern amenities meld in eclectic Kingston, home to a vibrant downtown, beautiful waterfront and heritage sites & museums. Bear witness to authentic 19th-century military drills and cannon battles as they ignite the air and the spirit at Fort Henry National Historic Site.

Follow the Rideau Heritage Route - its centrepiece is the Rideau Canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage site. The route features a magical mix of small towns, waterfront dining, quaint B&B/inns, museums and historic sites that meld in a setting of tranquility, beauty and charm. Don't miss the spectacular show of fall colours.

Make Prince Edward County your tranquil base for a few days. Ontario's newest wine region is a hotbed for vintners, organic farmers and chefs that celebrate all things local. Sample the County's bounty on the Taste Trail as you visit wineries, food artisans and tasting rooms. Sip award-winning vintages, or if you'd prefer a pint, the local craft beers & ciders are worth getting thirsty over! Chill out at Sandbanks Provincial Park, the world's largest fresh water baymouth sand dune system.