The Boldt Castle, located on Heart Island in the 1000 Islands Region, is the main attraction of the area. It was built by the manager of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, George Bolts, as a gift of love to his wife Louise. When Louise suddenly died in January of 1904, devastated George abounded the castle and never returned to the island. The construction was stop and left exposed to harsh weather and vandalism for over seventy years. In 1977 The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority from the State of NY assumed ownership of the island and began its rehabilitation.
Many tours of the 1000 Islands stop at the Boldt Castle, but give limited time to explore. If you wish to spend more time there, your best option is Boldt Castle Shuttle departing from Alexandria Bay. Admission to the castle is not included in the price of tours or shuttle.
I visited the castle many times. The rehabilitation process seemed like a struggle. From one visit to another, I did not see significant changes. That is until my last camping trip to the area. While touring the islands, (click here for more information and pictures) I decided to give it another try. This time, I was finally able to see the castle in its intended glory. It is not finished yet, but for me already impressive. What I liked the most was the grounds, carefully manicured and transformed to beautiful gardens, highlighted by magnificent views of St. Lawrence River.
I spent so much time enjoying the outside of the castle that I have little time left to check the inside before it was time to go back on the boat. As soon as walked in, once again I was surprised how much progress was made. Some rooms are already finished and other still waiting to be furnished. I hope, soon I will able to see this project completed.