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Kim Lunman

Kim Lunman

Kim Lunman is the founder, owner and publisher of Island Life Magazine. An award-winning writer and photographer, her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, National Post, Lakeland Boating and Boat U.S. Lunman is a native of Brockville, “The City of the 1000 Islands” and the recipient of the 2013 Keeper of the Islands Award from the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce. A national award winning newspaper journalist for the Calgary Herald and Globe and Mail, Lunman founded Island Life Magazine in 2010. In the 2017 issue of Island Life Magazine, she takes readers on a tour of Royal and Smith Islands in the Brock Isles, Maple Island near Clayton, Millionaire’s Row, Singer Castle’s Dark Island near and Boldt Castle’s Heart Island by boat. She also shares another bird’s eye glimpse of the 1000 Islands with 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours.

Ian Coristine

Ian Coristine

Aerial photographer IAN CORISTINE  is the author of seven books on the 1000 Islands, including his most recent, Ian Coristine’s 1000 Islands. Coristine’s award-winning photography appears on the covers of the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Island Life Magazine and his photo essays appear inside the editions. Coristine lives six months of the year on Raleigh Island, just west of Brockville and the other six months on the mainland overlooking Raleigh. Raleigh Island is the subject of his eBook One in a Thousand which  features images, audio, video and music by the Toronto band Great Lake Swimmers and is available as an iPad app.


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Judy Keeler

Judy Keeler

Chippewa Bay area resident Judy Keeler has been interested in local history since writing scripts for tours of the region’s famous cottages and castles since the 1970s. Her research on Singer Castle’s Dark Island and the Bourne family has been greatly aided by information and photographs shared by descendants of Frederick Bourne, especially grandson Ken Hard. Keeler is fascinated by the stories of turn of the 20th century 1000 Islands summer people of the Gilded Age. Judy shares what she knows about Bourne’s boats in Island Life Magazine


Joseph T. Meirose IV

Joseph T. MeiroseJoe Meirose was born and raised in Ohio where growing up he studied technical theatre, film photography and fine art at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.  Most of the Sackets Harbor N.Y.-based photographer’s work is influenced by where he lives today along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario with his wife and two children.  While he photographs “the Lake,” he also captures the 1000 Islands  as well as the Adirondacks.  Joe specializes in fine art landscape, luxury real estate and commercial architecture photography. He shared some of  his 1000 Islands ‘riverscapes’  in photo essays in of Island Life Magazine 2014 and 2015 issues.

Don Ross

Don RossDon and Marnie Ross have lived 17 of their almost 40 years in the 1000 Islands on Hill Island. Don writes about Hill Island in the 2015 issue of Island Life Magazine. Don’s intimate knowledge of the 1000 Islands began in the mid 1970s, on transferring as Park Naturalist to Thousand Islands National Park from Point Pelee National Park, near their home town of Leamington Ontario. Leaving Parks Canada to buy in a partnership in a Brockville sporting. Along the way, he wrote several editions of cruising guides and three books and dozens of magazine goods store in the ‘80s, Don continued the dedication to conservation, helping found both the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust, and a little later, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve articles about the islands. He is passionate about the quality of life, landscape and heritage in the 1000 Islands, and the thousand lakes and a thousand more islands on the Frontenac Arch.

Michael Laparade

Michael Laprade
Michael Laprade makes Honey Bee Island in the International Rift home with his wife Janice in the summer months. The retired couple makes California home in the winter and Brittany France home in the spring. Michael, a former prison administrator, is also a professional magician. He wrote about how he and Janice worked their DIY magic on a rustic Canadian log cabin they discovered and restored on their beloved “Bee” for Island Life Magazine’s 2014 issue. The pilot has plans to explore the Thousand Islands in his new floatplane this summer.


Emmett Smith

Emmett Smith
Emmett Smith is Curator of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. A native of New York’s North Country, he grew up boating on Adirondack lakes and the Thousand Islands. He has been devoted to the water ever since, from the Caribbean to the coast of Maine and the Pacific Northwest, and to boats, from native dugout canoes to race boats and yachts. He returned to the Thousand Islands in 2011 to join the ABM, where he develops exhibits and programs that encourage life on the water through explorations of boating history. He writes about some of the ABM’s classic wooden boats in Island Life Magazine 2014.

Susan W. Smith

Susan SmithSusan (better known as Susie) is the author of The First Summer People – The Thousand Islands 1650-1910 and is a passionate advocate for the Thousand Islands. She is the editor of and past president with the Thousand Islands Land Trust in Clayton N.Y.. She also has volunteered on the board of Save the River in Clayton, the Arthur Child Heritage Museum and the Thousand Islands Association, both in Gananoque. She was awarded the Keeper of the Islands Award by the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce in 2010. The retired fundraiser worked at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University in Kingston. She  is based in Ottawa but writes about her other home: Sagastaweka Island near Gananoque in the 2014 issue of Island Life Magazine.

Lynn McElfresh

lynnmclefresh-islandlifecontributor-webWriter Lynn McElfresh first arrived on Grenell Island in 1975 to meet her fiancé’s parents and grandparents. Now preserving Grenell Island history for her children and grandchildren is a passion. Lynn enjoys cruising the St.Lawrence  River in her family’s classic wooden boat Say What? and makes Dunedin, Florida home with husband Gary in the winter. The novelist has written for magazines, newspapers, and ghostwrote five novels for a popular girls’ series. Her own two novels are Can You Feel the Thunder? and Strong Deaf. She shares a story about her summers on Grenell in Island Life Magazine 2013.


Doug McLellan and Caroline Yung

Doug McLellan and Caroline Yung

Doug McLellan purchased Wood Isle in the Lake Fleet Group within 10 minutes of first seeing it 26 years ago. Doug & Caroline Yung spend as much time there as possible with their Chocolate Labrador Calli and Doug’s son, Morgan. Doug is CEO of, a Toronto-based  integrated communications firm. Caroline is VP Account Services. They are also the founders of and McLellan Interactive Publishing which developed and published photographer Ian Coristine’s award-winning eBook One in a Thousand.  The McLellan Group shares photos and highlights about Brockville’s new waterfront anchor attraction, the Aquatarium and RiverQuest. Doug also shared his photo of a starry night off of Wood Isle as the One in a Thousand feature photograph in Island Life 2013.

John McQuarrie

_TRO6583ADJJohn McQuarrie is an Ottawa-based photographer and author of the Then & Now series of books including  Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. His Best of Canada book released in 2003 with CTV’s Jeff Hutcheson was an instant best-seller. He has also released Then & Now books on the Rideau Canal, Muskoka and Kingston and the Islands. He boarded his 28-foot office, a Sea Ray sport cruiser, to capture the beauty of the region for The 1000 Islands Then & Now released last year. He showcases the Brock Isles in a photo essay in Island Life Magazine 2013 and shares shots of the Admiralty Islands, Dark Island, and Wolfe Island.


 Martin Zonnenberg

martinz-islandlifecontributor-webPhotographer Martin Zonnenberg summers on Grindstone Island and loves to take sunrise cruises aboard Taurus, a wooden ‘Consolidated Speedway’ built in 1921, with his camera. He shares his incredible images of birds of the Thousand Islands in a photo essay in Island Life Magazine 2013. Zonnenberg , a successful businessman from Holland, is an avid boater and supporter of Clayton’s Antique Boat Museum. He spends his winter sunrises taking photographs of water fowl in Mount Dora, Florida.