1000 Islands ... actually 1,864 to be exact


The 1000 Islands Region is recognized around the world. Altogether there are 1,864 islands located in a 80-kilometre (50-mile) stretch along the St. Lawrence River between Canada (Ontario) and the United States (New York State). Once you've visited the area you never forget the archipelago of islands that range in size from very large (Wolfe Island, about 40 square miles) to quite small. The criteria to determine an island is it must be above water level year round and have an area greater than one square foot and support at least one living tree. The Thousand Islands National Park of Canada oversees about 20 islands. The St. Lawrence Islands National Parks Commission manages award-winning attractions and outdoor recreational areas along the river between Kingston and the Quebec Border.


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 Some great things to see:

Singer Castle (also Jorstadt Castle) on Dark Island: Visit www.singercastle.com From the Canadian side this island can be seen in the distance from Brown's Bay Campground.

Boldt Castle and Yacht House on Heart Island (Thousand Island Bridge Authority): Visit www.boldtcastle.com

Zavikon Island is known as smallest international bridgeZavikon Island, near Rockport, is a pair of islands with the larger being in Canada and the smaller in the U.S. but a small foot bridge that connects them is considered the smallest international bridge in the world (photo at right). It's part of the Canadian territory and within Leeds Grenville. As the image at left indicates, it's only 32 feet long and the Canadian-American border runs through its centre.

Thousand Islands International Bridge. a multi-span structure, was built in 1938 and is over 7.5-miles long and crosses over five different areas of water linking Ontario, Canada, to New York State, United States, including Canada's Hill Island and the American Wellesley island. If heading on to the U.S. side remember to bring your passport.

Prescott-Ogdensburg International Bridge spans the St. Lawrence River at Johnstown on the Canadian side and Ogdensburg, New York State, on the American side.

Some background: This is also an area rich in history because this portion of Ontario, formerly Upper Canada, acted as a base for British troops during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 1000 Islands region grew into a popular summer resort. Many people came to the area and built homes and mansions. Many exist today, including some famous castles now known as international landmarks, including those castles listed above.