Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | June 24, 2014
Business Profile
Fly 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours: The sky is the limit
There's a new way to see the 1000 Islands and its spectacular landmarks. Fly 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours by Kouri's Kopters opened their heliport at 88 County Road 32 adjacent to Highway 401 in May. The new location is just outside of Gananoque in the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and is minutes from the St. Lawrence River and aerial views of Boldt Castle, the Thousand Islands International Bridge, the 1000 Islands Tower, and Singer Castle, to name just a few attractions.


"We were looking for the perfect piece of land by the 401 and by an exit, and we found it," says Ewelina Sobala, who is the company's sales and marketing manager. Construction of the heliport began last fall following the purchase of the land. Kouri's Kopters had been in operation in Kingston since 2008 with a goal to locate within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. 
Stop by to congratulate President and Owner Dave Kouri, or book a ride to "Experience the 1000 Islands First Class." Visit their website to watch a video, learn more about tours and private charters, and to book online.
On-board camera adds to experience

All helicopters are equipped with GoPro action video cameras. They capture your expressions inside the cockpit and stunning aerial views of your tour. Videos are available for purchase if you wish to have a keepsake of your flight over the 1000 Islands.
ONroute to a great summer
Thomas Szeto at the westbound ONroute Centre kiosk is ready to welcome visitors and assist in planning their itineraries.The kiosks will be staffed until August 31.
Information kiosks at the eastbound and westbound ONroute Centres in Mallorytown are once again open with friendly staff ready to let you know about attractions, festivals and events in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. This year's team is made up of Taylor Fournier, Audrey Henderson, and Thomas Szeto. 
The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office co-ordinates staffing at the two Highway 401 ONroute Centres. The goal is to provide visitor services and increase visitor revenues in our region by drawing additional traffic off the highway.
Local attractions and event coordinators are encouraged to contact our office if they have promotional materials for the kiosks. Brochures are required to be dropped off at the Counties Economic Development Office at 32 Wall Street, Suite 300, in Brockville. Please call
613-342-3840 ext. 5362.

Rideau Canal to have extended services, hours of operation
There will be more time to enjoy our heritage waterway this boating season. Parks Canada is adding 112 hours to the navigational schedule over the entire boating season.  Beginning the Canada Day long weekend, the Rideau Canal lock stations will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and holidays during the summer months.
Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, made the announcement on Monday, June 23, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and responsible for Parks Canada. 
Services and hours have been extended to support tourism, economic development and to help Canadians connect with the beauty and incredible experiences along the Rideau Canal Heritage Route. Learn more and find the full hours of operation on the Parks Canada website.
Gord Brown, MP for Leeds-Grenville, is flanked by United Counties Warden Ron Holman, at left, and Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Doug Struthers, at right, at the announcement Monday, June 23.
Photo courtesy of Darcy Cheek/The Recorder and Times.

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