Hello: My family (kids 14 and 13) want to stop through 1000 Islands coming up early morning by way of Syracuse and then continuing to Toronto and Chicago(home) afterwards; sometime late July. Planning to spend 2 full days and 1 night, overnighting in Gananoque. A few questions:
Is there a cruise to Boldt Castle that will take less than the 5hr cruise I've been reading about from Gan? One from the US side perhaps? 5hrs might be long for us.
Is there much to do on the US side before we cross over to Canada?
We like to do some hiking. Can anyone recommend some decent hiking trails or places with some nice scenery of the Seaway and Islands? Not too strenous; talking about 2-3 hr dayhike stuff.
If we go to Iroquois for the locks, is there any way to find out if a Laker will be going through or just have to be lucky?
Lastly, besides 1000 Islands Skyway, any other quintessential 'must see' 1000 Islands sites?
This wasn't a planned stop on our trip out to Maine and back, but after reading about it, we're hoping to make it work! Thanks in advance for the advice. I know it's a lot.