Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

To align with measures introduced by the Government of Ontario to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada has delayed the launch of most visitor services, including camping. Limited dock space is available for day-use only.

Before you visit
  • Be self-sufficient, and prepare by bringing your own clean-trip kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, and masks when recommended by health authorities.
  • To protect visitors and staff, visitors and campers are asked to self-screen, ensuring that:
    • They have been inside Canada for at least 14 days continuously immediately prior to arriving in the park.
    • If they have been outside of Canada in the 28 days immediately prior to arrival in the park, they have self-isolated or quarantined in Canada in that period of time in compliance with public health laws and directives.
    • They are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • They have not tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, within 14 days of arrival in the park.
During your visit
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you (or your family group) and others. Maintaining physical distance on trails and docks is your responsibility.
  • Respect all onsite direction and signage. Some will be new and will help ensure physical distancing.
  • Practice proper hygiene as directed by health authorities.
  • To protect yourself during your visit, please bring your own hand sanitizer. A reusable mask is recommended for areas where physical distance cannot be maintained. Outdoor areas like picnic tables, red chairs, composters and hand railings are not being regularly cleaned. Practice good hygiene like regular hand-washing.
  • Items like disposable gloves and disinfectant wipes can be helpful, but please ensure these are being disposed of properly. More than ever, Parks Canada requires your help to keep trails and facilities free of garbage.
  • Please note that composting toilets are not cleaned as regularly as frontcountry washrooms, and outdoor surfaces are not sanitized, so practicing safe hand hygiene is important.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in composting toilets, but it is important to come prepared with your own supply.
  • You are responsible for your own safety. Be cautious when engaging in activities in order to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

 Visit the Thousand Islands National Park COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services

Make yourself at home in the islands

Parks Canada welcomes families to play together in the country’s beautiful spaces. In Eastern Ontario, boaters flock to the cozy clusters of islands in Thousand Islands National Park to reconnect with their loved ones and recharge against a backdrop of natural beauty. Breathe in pine scented air on an island hike, take in a family nature program from a park interpreter who will personally visit your dock, or relax among friends – it’s your choice. Enjoy the comforts of your boat on fully serviced islands or tranquil, rustic islands. For the more adventurous, set up a tent with the kids and gather ‘round the fire for marshmallows.

Low water alert!

Water levels in Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River are lower than average this spring. Low water levels are anticipated throughout the summer. Visitors should exercise extra caution when approaching park islands and docks.
Low water levels have affected dock installation at some park islands where docks cannot be safely accessed.
The following docks are out of service:
  • Gordon East dock
  • Gordon oTENTik dock
  • Beau Rivage – one small Floating Dock in the Northwest and one in the Southeast
  • Beau Rivage - Service Dock
  • Aubrey Service Dock
  • Camelot South Dinghy Dock
  • Mulcaster Camping Dock (access to campsites from main dock)

Our Don't have a boat? page explains how to get to the islands if you don’t have a boat.

Boaters who like the option of spending the night ashore will be tempted by the amenities of Parks Canada oTENTik camping accommodations.

Plan your trip

  • Boaters can launch their vessel from Mallorytown Landing and a number of municipal and private marinas between Brockville and Kingston.
  • Check out our facilities and services page to pick the island that best suits your needs. Browse the availability of generator use, garbage and recycling collection, campsites, picnic shelters, wood stoves, and barbeques on different islands.
  • To protect our forests from the Emerald Ash Borer, all firewood MUST be purchased in the park. Firewood cannot be moved into or out of the park. Collecting firewood from the forest is prohibited.
  • Docks and/or mooring buoys, composting toilets and picnic tables are available on all serviced islands.
  • Be sure to use a navigational chart to avoid hidden rocks and shoals.
  • Knowledgeable island attendants circulate throughout the islands to serve you and maintain facilities, sell firewood, assist with fee payment, help with concerns, and make your experience a positive one.
  • Enjoy hiking trails and great swimming on the islands.
  • Visit our camping page for our full camping offer.


  • See our park fees page for a full list of fees.
  • All vessels must have a valid mooring or beaching permit. These permits are NOT included with camping or oTENTik fees and must be purchased on arrival at the island.
  • Day docking fees and overnight docking fees are calculated by boat length.
  • Other relevant fees include launching/parking fees at Mallorytown Landing, beaching fees for dinghies, mooring buoy fees, camping fees, and firewood fees.
  • Payment options for self-registration permits:
    • At the Mallorytown Landing Visitor Centre with cash, debit, credit or a cheque made out to the Receiver General for Canada. Signs on the deposit boxes outline the fee details and instructions for self-registration.
    • Otherwise, self-register on the islands at the green deposit boxes located near most docks. Fees can be paid by cash, credit or a cheque made out to the Receiver General for Canada. Signs on the deposit boxes outline the fee details and instructions for self-registration.  
  • Fees remain in the park and are used to improve facilities and services.

For your comfort and safety

  • Dock space is established on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight docking and day docking passes expire at 11 am and 7 pm, respectively. Arriving 30 minutes before these times and chatting with boaters is a good strategy to get dock space on your island of choice.
  • Docking is limited to 3 consecutive nights per island or mooring buoy.
  • Yellow lines on docks are spaces reserved for park and emergency vessels.
  • Blue lines on docks are for camping and oTENTik permit holders only. Docking fees are NOT included in camping and oTENTik fees and must be purchased on arrival at the island.
  • Garbage and recycling service and generator use is available on limited islands. Visitors who want a more natural park experience can enjoy generator-free islands that have a pack-in, pack-out policy in place. Identify these islands on our facilities and services page.
  • Please respect quiet hours and your boating neighbours from 10 pm to 8 am.
  • Raise a glass to your visit, but only at your campsite. Liquor is prohibited on docks, in shelters or in public places.
  • Black legged ticks, potential carriers of Lyme disease and Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, are common in Eastern Ontario and Thousand Islands National Park. Please visit our Ticks and Your Health page for more information on how to protect yourself.
  • The water of the St. Lawrence River and other surface water in the area may carry bacteria. Water should be filtered, treated, or boiled before drinking or bring your own drinking water. For more information regarding drinking water please refer to Health Canada’s website.
  • Be sure that you are well prepared and that you have all the right gear to make every outing safe and enjoyable. Visit AdventureSmart for more details.
  • For more information on natural hazards, weather conditions, and planning a safe activity, please see our Visitor Safety page.