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1000 Islands Boating

Written by on July 18, 2017 in Boating


Boaters Paradise: The 1000 Islands has some of the world’s best fresh water boating. Photo by Kim Lunman.

There is nothing better than River traffic. It is the only traffic worth watching, a picturesque parade of ships, power boats, sailboats, yachts, skiffs and classic antique wooden boats. Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind in the Willows wrote: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Especially in the 1000 Islands.

A freighter in the U.S. shipping channel heads downriver towards Singer River’s Dark Castle. Photo by Kim Lunman.

Ships: Ship watching is a popular pastime in the 1000 Islands.The St Lawrence Seaway (Great Lakes Waterway) is the system of locks, canals and channels linking the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River with the Atlantic Ocean. Freighters are a common sight on the River.

The Big Eagle lands in the 1000 Islands near Boldt Castle. Photo by Kim Lunman.


Yachts: It’s not uncommon to see mega yachts like this one named Big Eagle cruising through the 1000 Islands. This 172-foot luxury charter yacht dropped anchor near Boldt Castle’s Heart Island last summer. The yacht can be yours for $140,000 US a week.

Antique wooden boats: This classic wooden boat passes the statue of the Saint Lawrence erected on a cliff overlooking the River between Ivy Lea and Rockport.

Antique wooden boats are rooted in River heritage in the 1000 Islands. Clayton N.Y. is known for its Antique Boat Museum. Photo by Kim Lunman.

Photo by Kim Lunman.

Sailboats: The 1000 Islands are a sailor’s delight. This sailboat moors off the southern shore of Grenadier Island near Slim and Round Islands.

Photo by Kim Lunman

Cruise Ships: The Canadian Empress cruise ship sails past Skelton Island near Brockville.This heritage style steamboat is operated by St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in Kingston and offers overnight cruises of the1000 Islands, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

Photo by Kim Lunman

St. Lawrence Skiffs: The St. Lawrence Skiff is unique to the 1000 Islands and a cherished part of our maritime history. The skiff emerged 150 years ago during the mid-1800s during the river’s development as a cottage colony. Charlie Donevan is pictured here at a celebration for the Thousand Islands Boat Museum in Gananoque.