Canandaigua Lake

Canandaigua Lake: One of New York’s 11 Finger Lakes

Canandaigua Lake is home to the smallest island—Squaw Island—one of only two islands in the Finger Lakes (the other on Cayuga).

You can drive around the entire lake in 60 minutes, but take your time!

Kayaking Canandaigua Lake
Kayaking near Squaw Island
Canandaigua Lake Kershaw Park swimming beach
Kershaw Park
Kershaw Park
Kershaw Park
City Pier
City Pier
City Pier boathouses
City Pier Boat Houses
Main Street
Canandaigua Lake: Granger Homestead
Granger Homestead
Sonnenberg Gardens Japanese Garden Tea House
Sonnenberg Gardens

City of Canandaigua

Swim at Kershaw Park in Canandaigua. Take a walk on the Canandaigua City Pier and check out Boathouse Row. Interesting fact: Homeowners are prohibited from actually living in these boathouses—they are for daytime use only.

Take a boat ride on the  Canandaigua Lady—a 19th century steamboat replica and double-decker paddle wheeler. Rent a kayak or paddleboard for the day.

Enjoy a concert at CMAC or Lincoln Hill Farms.

Visit Sonnenberg Gardens or Granger Homestead, then take a stroll along North Main Street.

Eat at Rio Tomatlan, New York Kitchen, Flavors Indian Restaurant, Eric’s Office, Rheinblick German RestaurantThe Green Front, and enjoy an ice cream from Cheshire Farms Creamery.

Grimes Glen
Grimes Glen
Canandaigua Lake: Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park
Jump Off Trail
Canadaigua Lake: Jeromes U-Pick Grapes in Naples
Jeromes U-Pick Grapes in Naples


Hike through Grimes Glen to two 60′ waterfalls; there is a 3rd, but it’s only for the daring to access.

Pick grapes at Jerome’s U-Pick, then make a stop at Monica’s Pies or Lynnie Lou’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Take in the view of the Bristol Hills from “The Jump Off” in Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill.

Eat at Roots Cafe or the Naples Hotel.

Canandaigua Lake Scenic Overlook
Canandaigua Lake Scenic Overlook on CR-12
Bristol Mountain
Bristol Mountain Fall
Bristol Mountain Skiing


Stop at the scenic overlook on CR-12.

Take the lift up Bristol Mountain in the autumn and check out the Aerial Adventure Park and Zip-line Canopy Tour. You can walk up or down the mountain trails, or take the lift both ways.

Other points of interest

Follow the Canandaigua Wine Trail

Swim at Onanda Park on the west shore, and Deep Run Park on the east.

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