Colonial Resort & Spa: Your Place to Stay in the 1000 Islands

My time in the 1000 Islands area of Ontario all began with my check-in to the Colonial Resort & Spa. Right after passing the welcome to Gananoque sign I pulled into the Resort’s reception parking lot. Spring and excessive rains made the grounds pop with a rich green. And the motel-like room set up, all in white, popped with vibrant red chairs that sat out front each room’s door.

Colonial Resort rooms

Colonial Resort & Spa

Set on 10 acres of picturesque grounds the Colonial Resort & Spa in Gananoque, Ontario is the ideal location to stay when exploring the region. Their over 50 ground level rooms range from simple double bedrooms to deluxe and premium rooms with jacuzzi tub and fireplace. All stays come with free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and access to amenities.

The Colonial Resort & Spa is home to a wide range of amenities. With sweeping grounds to stroll to an outdoor pool, and spa services there’s something for everyone. Along with the outdoor pool there is also an indoor heated pool with whirlpool spa, sauna, change rooms, and showers. There are also a ton of outdoor recreational activities to partake in which include; tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and more. The Resort also boasts a pub, library bar, live entertainment, and a fully stocked gift shop.

The Resort also caters to large tour groups, conferences, and of course families on vacation, and offer package deals for local attractions and even full meals on site. Their website even has a virtual tour to show you around!


As soon as I entered the reception and approached the desk I was welcomed by the delightful Deb. With a warm smile she began checking me in. And in swept one of the owners, Jean, who again welcomed me and started telling me all about the Resort’s amenities, breakfast, and grounds. And after a brief tour around she began relating her story, and that of the Resort. Originally from Prince Edward Island she came here to the 1000 Islands area and worked at the Resort under the old owners. When they wanted to retire Jean and her now partner took over the Resort, and run it with all the passion and dedication that, as she puts it, East Coasters are born with.

Even at breakfast the next morning, Bernice, who was working the breakfast room, doted on all the guests, most of which were part of a large group tour. She also made sure we had everything we needed and even made sure to send us off with fresh apples.

I share these bits of personal connections because it all lends to the homey, family feeling of the Colonial Resort & Spa. And shows how each and every person I met who worked there made you feel welcome, a priority, part of the family, and not just another guest.

Serenity Garden

Serenity Garden


The Resort’s amenities are impeccably maintained and very clean, from the indoor pool to the dining room. One of the things that I really enjoyed was the Serenity Garden. Located in the main reception building, downstairs, and before the pool lies this little treasure. You immediately feel transported to an enchanted garden oasis. With chairs to sit and read or relax, and a pond with tranquil running water. It’s the perfect escape from a busy travel day or to just unwind after a full day of exploring the 1000 Islands.

For me, always a key factor in choosing accommodation is location. The Colonial Resort & Spa is located just a 10 minute walk from downtown Gananoque which is perfect for exploring. And it’s only a 15 minute walk to catch the boat for your 1000 Islands cruise.

Colonial Resort room

Colonial Resort bathroom

The room was perfect. Clean, airy, and with one of the most comfortable beds I’ve laid my travel weary body upon. Rooms have everything you need, from a large comfy bed to a clean bathroom, and of course a desk in front of a large window to write. There’s also a television, storage for clothing, a place to hang some too, a fridge, and coffee maker. My only fault was the spotty free Wi-Fi in the room. While it worked most of the time, at other times it was in and out.

Included in your stay is a continental breakfast. The breakfast is your standard bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, yogurt, fruit, and coffee. But I must say at the Colonial Resort & Spa everything was fresh, and the coffee was delicious.

Colonial Resort & Spa


Would I stay here again? I sure would! Would I recommend it to friends, family, and fellow travelers? Most definitely! A stay at the Colonial Resort & Spa will hook you with their great location, a wealth of amenities, and comfortable beds. But the staff will keep you coming back again and again!

Book your stay today!

Disclaimer: I was hosted by the Colonial Resort & Spa and 1000 Islands Tourism, and asked to provide an honest review. As always, my opinions are all my own.

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I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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