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Island Life Magazine

Written by on October 26, 2015 in One in The Thousand
Island Life Magazine publisher Kim Lunman in the Brock Isles.

Island Life Magazine publisher Kim Lunman

Every island tells a story. The 1000 Islands has more than a 1000 of them. There are actually 1,864 islands in the 1000 Islands, an enchanting archipelago of islands on a 50-mile stretch of the mighty St. Lawrence River between Cape Vincent N.Y. , Kingston and Morristown N.Y. and Brockville, the City of the 1000 Islands.


The first edition of Island Life Magazine 2010 featuring a photo of the late author John Keat’s boat The Margaret and Pine Island. Photo by Kim Lunman

I founded Island Life Magazine in 2009 because I wanted to tell these stories and showcase spellbinding photographs of this unique region on both sides of  the border in a glossy magazine. I published the first issue of Island Life Magazine in 2010. I was born and raised in Brockville but left the 1000 Islands to pursue a degree in journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. I was a newspaper journalist across Canada, from New Brunswick to Alberta’s Calgary Herald and as a national correspondent for the Globe and Mail in Victoria B.C. and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Some 20 years after leaving, I returned to the River. I started taking photographs and writing about the 1000 Islands and was captivated by these stories in my own backyard of castles, cottages, pirates and shipwrecks, of its Golden Age and millionaire industrialists and more than that, by its natural beauty. Great blue herons in flight, granite and windswept pines, the sound of loons, majestic ships, classic wooden boats, sunsets and sunrises, and of course, the islands.

Island Life Magazine 2011. Cover of Raleigh Island by Ian Coristine.

Island Life Magazine 2011. Photo of Raleigh Island by Ian Coristine.

I met 1000 Islands author and photographer Ian Coristine from Raleigh Island and featured his spectacular photography on the cover of Island Life along with photo essays by other talented 1000 Islands photographers. I started writing about the 1000 Islands, visiting more than 100 private islands to document their stories from Pine Island, pictured on the 2010 cover featuring a classic antique boat named The Margaret owned by the Washington D.C. journalist and author John Keats, or J.K. as he was known, who wrote his classic book Of Time and Island here on his family’s island near Rockport, documenting life in the 1950s, to the stately Dashwood Island’s House of Seven Gables near Ivy Lea, the historic Casa Blanca mansion on Millionaires Row near Alexandria Bay, to Mudlunta, Fish Dam, Red Top, Surveyor’s, What If, Round, Bluff, Grenadier,Alnwick Islands and of course Singer Castle’s Dark Island and Boldt Castle’s Heart Island and many more.  Island Life Magazine celebrates the magic and the beauty of the 1000 Islands.

2012 Island Life Magazine featuring Lone Tree Island. Photo by Ian Coristine.

Island Life Magazine 2012. Photo of Lone Tree Island by Ian Coristine

The magazine takes readers from the smallest island, Tom Thumb near Ivy Lea, and Lone Tree Island, named for its only tree, as featured on the 2012 cover to the largest,Wolfe Island, near Kingston, which features a historic lighthouse property on Quebec Head.

Island Life Magazine 2013. Cover photo of Wolfe Island by Ian Coristine.

Island Life Magazine 2013. Photo of Wolfe Island by Ian Coristine.

The 1000 Islands is renowned for its fabled castles and grand island summer estates but its historic cottages, boathouses and bunkies are also captured in the pages of Island Life including Heron Cay’s cliffside bunkie known as Eagle’s Nest. The 1000 Islands is made up of places with names like Fairyland, Sugar, Paradise, and Kismet Islands. Exploring them is an extraordinary voyage off the shores of Kingston, Cape Vincent, Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Gananoque, Ivy Lea and Brockville. Touring over the 1000 Islands by kayak, boat, plane and helicopter this past summer, I’m always awestruck by the spellbinding beauty of this place, this world of islands, within each one a world of its own, unique to its own shores along The St. Lawrence, loved and known here as simply The River, as if it could not belong anywhere else.

Island Life Magazine 2014. Cover photo of Heron Cay Island by Ian Coristine.

Island Life Magazine 2014.Photo of Heron Cay Island by Ian Coristine.


As Keats wrote in his 1974 classic book Of Time and An Island:  “There is something about an island that stands out from rational discourse, just as in a physical sense, an island stands apart from the rest of the world.”

Indeed. Enjoy Island Life.


Island Life Magazine 2016. Cover photo by Kim Lunman.

Island Life Magazine 2016. Photo by Kim Lunman.


Island Life Magazine 2015. Cover photo by Ian Coristine.

Island Life Magazine 2015. Cover photo by Ian Coristine.