World Champion diver Alexandre Despatie and spearfisher Valentine Thomas are no strangers to the water—which is probably why Much‘s Canada-centric travel project Far & Wide recruited them to explore Ontario’s 1000 Islands.
The endless number of outdoor activities available make the 1000 Islands ideal for a summer escape. If you’re wondering where to begin your planning, we’ve got suggestions. The first one? Start packing. Then once you’re there, check this fun stuff out:
1. Explore the 1000 Islands’ shipwrecks. A kayaking trip to McDonald Island will get you close enough to touch the sunken Briton.
2. Go deeper and explore more wrecks from below. Although it’s peaceful under the water in your scuba gear, it’ll be an adventure you won’t forget.
3. Take the ultimate selfie at the 1000 Islands Tower where you’ll get the best views of the region from 400 ft. in the air.
4. Looking for some on-the-water action, but sick of kayaking? Try kitesurfing the St. Lawrence River.
5. Go for a long hike at Jones Creek to discover the varied landscapes and geography of the region. Plus, there’s a wetland boardwalk that’s too beautiful to skip.
6. Take a ride around Wolfe Island and explore the wind farms and biking trails.
7. Do NOT skip breakfast. Head to the Socialist Pig in Gananoque for a morning meal–it’ll keep you going until you catch your dinner out on the lake.
8. That dinner we mentioned? Eat the perch and pike you manage to fish for yourself. Hooking any sort of fish is a big deal, so don’t let anyone tell you that size matters.
9. Sit by a campfire—fry up the catch of the day (or forget the fish and just make s’mores).
10. Look up, see stars. It’s just not the same when you do it back in the city.
11. Spend a night in a Thousand Islands National Parks oTENTik. A cross between a tent and a cabin, these cool little waterside huts make for a unique camping experience.
12. Schedule a beach day on the sandy shores of Grenadier Island.
13. See what the War of 1812 was like when you shoot a cannon at the Fort Wellington National Historic Site (in period costume and safety glasses, no less).
14. Get a taste for 1812 by trying the Fort’s own whisky, made the same way it was crafted over two centuries ago.
15. Relax with a cold drink and enjoy an incredible 1000 Island sunset. You’ve earned it.
Get a look at Valentine and Alexandre’s vacation to the 1000 Islands in the latest episode of Far & Wide’s series in the video above.