For 2020, we’re please to say that the Canadian Tandem Rally will be touring the area around Gananoque, Ontario, around the Gateway to the Thousand Islands. Pronounced as “Gan-An-Ock-Way” and translating as “Place Where Water Runs Over Rocks” and “Place of Good Health”, depending on who you ask; Gananoque is an amazing place, and a more than perfect place to hold the 2020 Canadian Tandem Rally. Let’s start with the town.
The first thing that’ll hit you about the town is the amazing view. Gananoque sits directly on the bay opening to Lake Ontario, with the lake on one side and the beginnings of the St. Lawrence River (or, La Fleuve St Laurent for those qui parlent en français) on the other. Cruises leave the city’s harbour every few hours and, through our explorations, we found the reason why sightseeing in the area is a booming industry: the place is just gorgeous. Epic sunset vistas fall lazily over church spires while local residents boat their way back to their luxury island homes after a peaceful Sunday, listening to music play from the harbour bandstand. I’m not making any of this up; we actually saw all of this; it took plenty of self-restraint not to move in while we were there.
Because of this, the organizers of CTR20, in our infinite wisdom, saw fit that every person we bring in should get to experience the 1,000 Islands from the best possible vantage point. We figured the best way to do so would be aboard Gananoque Cruise lines over a 3-hour dinner cruise; we’re very confident you’ll agree.
Because the area’s so naturally beautiful, Gananoque has been around forever. The village predates Canada by just less than 100 years, and this loyalist mill town was the first stop in the American’s campaign during the War of 1812. Even before that, Native Americans were stopping by during the summer months to enjoy Gananoque’s hospitality and scenery.
For tandemists of more recent times, the best place to stay would be, without a doubt, the Country Squire Resort. Spacious rooms, an excellent restaurant, both an indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, workout rooms (in case you don’t get enough riding) and even a trampoline, circle around a pretty courtyard.
If, perchance, you get a little bit of free time in the area, we suggest you take a bit of time to simply walk around town. There’s an excellent restaurant themed after Charles Dickens, an excellent ice cream shop near the cruise lines, a place where hovercrafts are not to be parked, and plenty more to see. Come see why everyone else came, come to CTR20.
Due to coronavirus, we will be postponing until next year.