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The town’s name, pronounced GAN-AN-OCK-WAY, is an aboriginal name, not French which many assume. Gananoque, was first identified in 1686 on Deshaise's chart of the St. Lawrence as “Gananocouy”.
The Town of Gananoque , a classic example of a quaint Ontario town, was founded in 1789 by Col. Joel Stone, just one of many United Empire Loyalists who relocated to Upper Canada following the American Revolution.
Located on the north shore of the St Lawrence, and divided by the Gananoque River , the town is nearer to more islands and variety of scenery than any place in the 1000 Island Region. It is known as the “Gateway” to the picturesque 1000 Islands . In front of the town are 50 or more islands varying in size from a ¼ acres to 100 acres.
The Gananoque River is the outlet of many lakes and streams, which feed the river with bass, pickerel, whitefish, salmon, trout, and other game fish.
Gananoque is conveniently located adjacent to Hwy 401, approximately ½ way between Toronto, (to the west) and Montreal, (to the east) and only 10 minutes from the Ivy Lea (1000 Island) Bridge to the USA.