The 1000 Islands Region, located between New York State (USA) and province of Ontario (Canada) on St. Lawrence River, is a perfect destination for those seeking beautiful scenery, outstanding fishing, and excellent water sport opportunities. According to the recent count, there are 1864 islands located in this stretch of St. Lawrence River. Some of them are just uninhabited outcroppings of rocks but the largest islands are up 40 square miles. Medium size islands are often occupied by single owners. Their houses range from simple cottages to elaborate mansions and even two castles! One of them, beautiful Boldt Castle, is a major tourist attraction of the region. (see my separate post devoted to Boldt Castle)
To truly appreciate the area, you need to take a river cruise. There are many tours to choose from. This year while camping with friends Yong and Jim at Wellesley Island State Park, I decided to go with Clayton Island Tours mainly because it was very convenient to be picked up right from the park. We chose Boldt Castle and Two-nation Tour that included:” several miles of the Canadian shoreline encompassing the magnificent summer homes, Whirlpool Channel, Tom Thumb Island, the Statue of Saint Lawrence, the Canadian span of the 1000 Island Bridge system along with the smallest International Bridge.” We stopped at Heart Island for a self guided tour of Boldt Castle. I was pleasantly surprised with how far its renovation went since my last visit two years ago. Our next attraction was Millionaires Row, where we viewed beautiful houses of the rich and famous. Overall, I liked the tour. It reminded me how beautiful the 1000 Islands region is.