Thousand Islands Gay Guide
The romantic Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise through the Thousand Islands. Photo Shutterstock

Gananoque & Thousand Islands Gay Guide – Kingston ON Gay Pride 2018


This gay-friendly gateway to the Thousand Islands archipelago sits astride the Ontario–New York State border within a three-hour drive of Toronto and Montréal. Artsy, affordable, and photogenic, tiny Gananoque makes a charming base for sightseeing cruises and helicopter tours, hikes and bike rides, and shows at the justly acclaimed Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Check out the website of Thousand Islands of Tourism or the site specifically about visiting Gananoque for more trip-planning advice and details.

Kingston Ontario Gay Pride 2018

Although there’s no Pride event specifically in the Thousand Islands, the nearby city of Kingston—just a 30-minute drive west of Gananoque—hosts a well-attended celebration each year. Kingston Ontario Gay Pride 2018 takes place on Saturday, June 16, and features a community fair from 10 until 4 p.m., and the Kingston Pride Parade, which kicks off at noon at McBurney/Skeleton Park and continues until 2 p.m. That night there’s also the Kingston Pride Dance at the Renaissance Event Space from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., and on the following day, Sunday, there’s the Big Gay Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. John’s Public House in downtown Kingston.


Book a waterfront room at the simple but charming Gananoque Inn, which offers soothing spa treatments and is steps from local attractions.


Set sail on the five-hour Boldt Castle Stopover Cruise, hosted by Gananoque Boat Line, which includes a two-hour visit to Heart Island and its fabulously ornate 120-room Rhineland-style castle.

Gay Nightlife

Stop by friendly Gananoque Brewing for a crisp Naughty Otter Lager or Black Bear Bock.


Creative wood-fired pizzas are the draw at Purple House Cafe, set in a quirky art-filled house with a delightful garden patio.

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