The Thousand Islands

Monday, 27 October 2014 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Just Enough Room Island © Omegatron/cc-by-sa-3.0

Just Enough Room Island © Omegatron/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Thousand Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km) downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario, the U.S. islands in the state of New York. Passenger air service to the 1000 Islands region is available in both Ontario and New York. Watertown International Airport (ART) in Watertown, New York has daily service on American Airlines connecting through Philadelphia (PHL). Norman Rogers Airport (YGK) in Kingston, Ontario offers daily service on Air Canada connecting through Toronto Pearson. Both airports also offer private aviation services.

The 1,864 islands range in size from over 40 square miles (100 km2) to smaller islands occupied by a single residence, or uninhabited outcroppings of rocks that are only home to migratory waterfowl. To count as one of the Thousand Islands these minimum criteria had to be met: 1) Above water level year round; 2) Have an area greater than 1 square foot (0.093 m2); and 3) Support at least one living tree.

Dark Island - Singer Castle © Ad Meskens/cc-by-sa-3.0 Boldt Castle aerial © www.fhwa.gov - Teresa Mitchell © Ilikepie2221/cc-by-sa-3.0 Miss Thousand Islands II © AntiqueBoatMuseum/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Janothird/cc-by-sa-3.0 Just Enough Room Island © Omegatron/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Miss Thousand Islands II © AntiqueBoatMuseum/cc-by-sa-3.0
Popular boating, fishing and vacationing locations:

  • One of the few beaches in the Thousand Islands, Potter’s Beach (conserved by the Thousand Islands Land Trust – see below) on the American Grindstone Island has a fine, shallow sandy bottom with a very gradual slope, provide a perfect location to anchor up and spend a day at the beach either swimming or hiking on the trails that extend around Grindstone Island.
  • A popular location for swimming or anchoring out of the wind, the Lake of the Isles is a secluded area cut off from the rest of the St. Lawrence River by Wellesley Island and neighboring Canadian Hill Island. Access is limited through two narrow passages, one around the northeastern end of the island, and the other being the International Rift, which is a small, shallow, winding canal that leads you through to the north side of the island passing right underneath the customs bridge.
  • Known for its fishing, especially pike, Eel Bay is a shallow bay just southwest of Wellesley Island. From the air, the bay can resemble the Caribbean with a turquoise-tinted crystal clear water and sandy bottoms.
  • The Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) conserves over 8,200 acres of land in the Thousand Islands region. This land includes many creeks, nature preserves and over 30 miles of trails that are open to the public, year-round, free of charge. TILT hosts an annual series of programs – TILTreks, TeenTreks, KidsTreks and TILTKids Camp – that give individuals and families the opportunity to “get out on the land!” These outings include field trips to a preserve for a bird walk or a historical tour, recreational activities such as bike rides and kayak paddles, while our other programs consist of discussions and presentations on wildlife or habitat preservation. TILT’s community events help further their conservation efforts in the 1000 Islands region. See TILT’s website for more information: www.TILandTrust.org
  • Boldt Castle, a testament of one man’s love of his wife, has been under renovation by its owner, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority since 1977, and can be visited by boat or tour cruise. This 120-room mansion is located on Heart Island just across the shipping channel from Alexandria Bay. The grounds consist of the main castle, the power house, the play house, and a boat house tucked in across the bay on the inside of the island. Boldt Castle and surrounding grounds are available for touring, and is also available for wedding ceremonies.
  • The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton houses exhibits antique wooden boats used or built in the region. The museum also features exhibits on the region’s maritime culture and is home to the LaDuchess, George Boldt’s luxury houseboat.
  • Though not as famous as George Boldt’s Castle, Singer Castle on Dark Island is privately renovated and is open to tourists. Frederick Bourne had his castle constructed with secret passageways and hidden wine cellars so that he could spy on his guests while keeping his liquor out of sight during the prohibition era.
  • The Thousand Islands is also said to have some of the best fresh water wreck diving in the world. Numerous wrecks lay at the bottom of the seaway including, The America, The Islander, and The Keystorm to name a few. There are wrecks that appeal to all diving skill levels, whether a beginner or an advanced diver, you will find something challenging.
  • In the Saint Lawrence River, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Alexandria Bay, Deer Island is owned by the secret society of Skull and Bones.
  • Longue Vue Island is the only artificial island in the region.

Read more on IloveNY.com – Thousand Islands, 1000IslandsTourism.com, 1000Islands.com, 1000IslandsCruises.ca, visit1000islands.com, 1000 Islands – Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Wikivoyage Thousand Islands and Wikipedia Thousand Islands. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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