Gateway to the 1000 Islands

A Must Do In Ontario: 1000 Islands

1000 Islands Ontario


The Thousand Islands are a group of more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River, the one straddling the border of the U.S. and Canada. The whole area has clustered of hundreds of small islands in a 50-mile-long archipelago split between New York in the United States and Ontario in Canada. Once in the late 19th century, they were a fashionable retreat for the elite but today it is also well organized for tourists and represents a popular destination for those looking for an authentic outdoor vacation full of history, culture and nature.
1000 Islands Ontario

Alessandro and I decided to visit the place in two different ways: Scenic Cruise Boat Tour from Gananoque and the spectacular tower view from Lansdowne. In Canada, Gananoque was the gateway to the 1000 islands, located approximately 3 hours’ drive from Toronto and just 15 minutes from the border crossing into New York State. There were two different boat trips from Ivy Lea location in Gananoque: one hour sailing which cost $ 25 each and five hours trip with two hours stopover at Bolt Castle for $ 49 each. The first one was quite frequent meanwhile the second one had only 2 rounds, one at 10 am and the other one at 3 pm. 


1000 Islands Ontario

Knowing already that rain or shine, all their tours were operated we didn’t do any fixed plannings but when Alessandro and I came to the dock in Ivy Lea, the last one with the stopover was already left, so we could take only the one hour ride passing through many different islands and circling the spectacular Boldt Castle. Audio guides with all the main languages were available on board and while the boat moved good explainations were given. We truly enjoyed the cruise; it has been also very relaxing. Luckily the day was awesome with nice sunshine so that we could admire that spectacular landscapes and those hidden villas without being disturbed by cold or wind.


1000 Islands Ontario

We saw the world’s shortest international bridge, which was just 32 feet long and stretched from one island (USA) to the next (Canada) in the Saint Lawrence River.

1000 islands
After the boat trip we went driving to 1000 islands tower in Lansdowne which was 3 km on the left after the 1000 islands bridge. Free huge parking was available at the spot and the admission fee was $ 12.00 each. The tower had a high speed elevator which took us to the observation deck in less than 40 seconds. That was the best place to see the beauty of the archipelago. It gave us a great picture of the St. Lawrence River. The tower was privately owned and operated. They had a strange opening schedule so I advise you to get in touch before organizing your visit. Anyways they were available for additional opening hours upon request. Souvenir shops, coffee shop and ice-cream shop were not missing at the tower. 


1000 Islands tower

I highly recommend the tower, it really completed our experience with 1000 islands because sailing between the islands helped to catch the splendor of the place but it didn'd give an idea of how it could appear in its entirety. So, for me , both the boat trip and the tower are to be done. Time permitting take the one with the stopover in Boldt Castle since just circumnavigating it left a small gap in our hearts. 

 

9 comments:

  1. I've never even heard of all these islands but they look amazing. Fancy having n island for just one house! I can see why a combination of the cruise boat and the tower would be the best way to take it all in.

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  2. I've been to the 1000 islands many times. I'm from Rochester NY and this is a summer activity we've enjoyed for years.

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  3. OK this is beautiful and affordable! I know you had a great time there! What was your fave part?

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  4. How fun! Yet another reminder that I need to take a vacation :D

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  5. This looks really fun! I love how there are so many little islands!

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  6. This view is absolutely incredible. I haven't been there in years. You are making me want to schedule a trip!

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  7. Ha! I’m waiting to go here next year. I couldn’t do the trip to 1000 island since I have kids. Next year will definetely be going. Such a great post with insights

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  8. what a great little escape. Never heard of these islands, but i'm willing to visit now!

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  9. I've never been to Ontario, but I do have a bucket list, so I'm definitely adding this place!

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