We can all admit that driving down the 401 is possibly one of the most boring drives in the country. Just because there may not be lots to look at, doesn't mean there aren't some amazing places along the way. One of those places that's totally worth the stop in Gananoque, Ontario.\nHome to just 5,160 people, it's a small town with big heart.\nAnd less than three hours from Montreal, it's perfect for a day trip or an unbelievable fall weekend getaway.\nPronounced "Gan-ah-NOK-way," or as the locals say, "Gan," this quaint town just west of the Ontario-Quebec border is part of the breathtaking 1,000 Islands.\nHow can you be sure there are really 1,000?\nDon't worry — someone already counted so you don't have to.\nIn fact, it's known as the "Gateway to the 1,000 Islands."\nAnd a gateway it definitely is.\nNot just a gateway to the natural beauty all around the town, but to the charm and the history of Gan.\nThe town boasts some gorgeous buildings that'll make you feel like you've stepped back in time, like the Ganonoque Inn & Spa or the Thousand Islands Playhouse, located right on the water.\nIn fact, the CBC once called it "The most charming theatre in Canada."\nCurrently, there are no productions playing for the season, but alas, the building itself is an absolute spectacle.\nThe show must go on, as they say!\nSpeaking of talent and creativity, Gan is also home to some incredible artists of all varieties. You can wander through the many galleries or stumble upon live music that will be ringing throughout the streets.\nView this post on Instagram The streets are starting to sparkle in downtown Gananoque. ❤ . . . #lights #downtown #beautiful #downtowngananoque #decor #fall #autmn🍁 #welcome #shoplocal #sparkle #visit #travel #greatwaterway #travelontario #travelon #discoveron #discoverca #instagram #instapic A post shared by Town of Gananoque (@travel1000islands) on Nov 2, 2018 at 8:28am PDT\nIf you're looking for somewhere to stop and take it all in, stop at the Gananoque Brewing Company which makes for the perfect place for a refreshment and to relax and recharge.\nJust when you thought this town could get any more amazing, you could take it to new heights with 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours, which no doubt offer some of the most incredible views and a chance to take in all of the fall foliage.\nView this post on Instagram Thinking about when supper will be ready 🚣🌲🥙 #pcocc #1000islands #crazykayakingttip #kayak A post shared by PCOCC (@carleton.outdoors) on Oct 22, 2019 at 1:15pm PDT\nYou could also take many boat tours in the area that'll take you all around the shoreline and also dips down toward the upstate New York part 1,000 Islands, where you'll see the stunning Boldt Castle.\nView this post on Instagram @boldtcastle out here proving that fairy tales are real 😍🍁🍂🚁 . . . . . 📸: @mitchbt9426 #1000islands #kouriskopters #gananoque #greatwaterway #1000islandsair #travel #Canada #robinson #r44 #fly1000islands #CanadianExperience #ygk #kingston #TravelOntario #travelgram #helitour #helicopter #islandlife #stlawrence #DiscoverON #explorecanada #YoursToDiscover #instagood #photooftheday #fall #fallcolours #leafpeeping #BoldtCastle A post shared by 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours (@fly1000islands) on Oct 22, 2019 at 8:04am PDT\nBut if you want to get more down-to-earth, just like the town itself, you can soak it all in at one of the gorgeous parks, the marina or even visit Half Moon Bay.\nAnd yes, there's a gazebo or two around.\nBecause is it really a small town without a gazebo?\nView this post on Instagram 🍁 A post shared by Maribel. (@marybelcz) on Oct 12, 2019 at 11:20am PDT\nThe town is spectacular at all times of year, but becomes absolutely magical when the leaves start to change.