Friday, July 29, 2011
1,000 Islands by boat
What makes the 1000 Island region of New York a tourist area for more than a 100 plus years is the St Lawrence River and all those islands. So to get a real appreciation for the area, you need to get on a boat. We have done that twice. First on a regular tour boat on a three hour tour, this covered the area from Clayton to Alexandria Bay including the Canadian side. There are thousands of folks who spend every summer on these islands, some quite small. In fact we passed perhaps the smallest island that was currently for sale. It would indeed have to be a small house on this tiny piece of land.
As could be expected the houses ranged from rustic to majestic and everything in between. One of the common themes among them was the boat dock. Except for a few of the larger islands, all the rest have access only by personal boat. The bridge spanning the river was built in the 1930’s and changed the way the majority of people traveled between the USA and Canada, at the same time providing road access to the largest of the islands.
While on the tour, there is an undeniable urge to live on one of these small islands as the lord and master of all you survey. Certainly, you readily understand why so many have chosen this as their vacation residence.
Since we enjoyed the first boat trip so much, we then went on the antique boat trip offered by the Antique Boat Museum. This was much personal with only six passengers and a lot more speed. In the last couple of years we have become very fond of fast boats. Since we come from a mostly sailing history, this is a new attitude for us. This trip only reconfirmed our intent that our next boat will have a big engine(s) and no sails.
If you come to the 1000 Islands, a boat trip or two is essential!