WHAT TO PACK/ATTIRE
With an average of 80º during the day and 60º at night, the Thousand Islands is near perfect weather in the summer!!
BUG SPRAY IS A MUST. SUN TAN LOTION AT YOUR DISCRETION.
In the past, we have experienced and high and low temperatures with 90º days followed by 80º nights and 60º days followed by 50º nights - but those are a rarity. In a general sense, the average temperature keeps you swimming all day and relaxing by the fire at night. So be sure to pack your bathing suits along with that sweatshirt. I will be honest with you and say I spend 90% of our days will be spent waterside in our bathing suits and 90% of our nights waterside with some jeans, sweater or light jacket .... and hopefully a campfire pending there are no fire bans. Fingers crossed.
WHAT TO PACK
We suggest you shop of all snacks/food/beverages in Gananoque. It is illegal to bring any meat products across the border and you are only permitted ONE bottle of wine/liquor per adult duty free. Any additional alcoholic beverages you bring across may be subject to duty, which could at times be 10x the original cost of the bottle. There is a Baldree's No Frill's shopping mart on your way into Gananoque -- 709 King St E, Gananoque, ON. There is also a Metro a mile or so further down the road as well. Either should have nearly everything you need. In Ontario Beer and Liquor are sold at two different stores. The Liquor store called the LCBO - 189 King St E, Gananoque, ON and the beer store is called Beer Store (not kidding) - 580 King St E, Gananoque, ON. We HIGHLY recommend you stock up on as much liquor and beer that you are planning to drink for the week/weekend. The islands are carry in carryout, so buy cases, we will have to return the bottles when we go back to the mainland. There are also a few banks in town, where we suggest you grab some Canadian cash for camping/tipping, etc.
Dress/Shorts + Dress Shirt
Come As You Are
Dressy Resort Attire
Most of what you will need is on the houseboat. They come fully equipped with a hot water shower, toilet, stove, oven, sink, refrigerator, small grill, plates, cups, silverware, pot/pans and cooking utensils .
Here is what you NEED to bring:
Towels (bathing and beach)
Food and LOTS of Beverages (drinking water and alcohol alike)
DC to AC Power Inverter to convert cigarette lighter to outlets - here is a link to some
Suggestions of things to bring: Extra Coolers (one comes with each boat), Flashlights, Canoe/Kayak/PaddleBoard, Favorite Pillow and/or Blanket, radio music player/speakers, Fishing Gear, Snorkeling Gear, Extra Beach Chairs (the boat comes with 4 deck chairs)
Camping is fairly primative. The outhouses are clean pit toilets, they don't have any lights and there are no lights on the island, so be sure to bring your flashlights. Some nights a sheet will be enough other a blanket, sleeping bag would be necessary. The mosquitos can be harsh at dusk and dawn, otherwise they are hardly noticed. We highly suggest you bring snacks and drinking water. There are water pumps on the island, but the water is for cleaning only. It is not potable. You are welcome to use our refrigerators for storing food/drinks when needed.
Here is what you NEED to bring:
Sleeping Gear (blankets, sleeping bag)
Cooking Gear (for your own relaxed mornings)
Suggestions of things to bring: Coolers, Canoe/Kayak/PaddleBoard, Radio/Music Player/Speakers, Fishing Gear, Snorkeling Gear, Camping Chairs, S'more makings
** Firewood is provided on the island at $8 a bag **