The Thousand Islands
Stretching from Lake Ontario north along the St. Lawrence River to Lake Champlain, the Thousand Islands region is a stunning mixture of woodlands, islands and water, and known for some of the best boating and fishing in the world.
The Thousand Islands region truly offers one of the most breathtaking and surreal settings in New York, with islands dotting the lake and the river ranging in size from a few square feet to Canada's Wolfe Island, with its 48 square miles. Some islands remain wild and uninhabited, while others are adorned with Victorian homes and even castles. Along the shores, nestled into nooks and near deep harbors, visitors find quiet villages, like Sackets Harbor and Clayton, as well as lively towns, like Alexandria Bay, all regularly celebrating their enchanted surroundings.
It all starts with the water in the Thousands Islands, with countless bays and passages, as well as an international shipping channel. To fully grasp the beauty of the place, it's best to get on a boat.
Once on the water, it's hard not to be drawn to the beauty and mystique of Boldt Castle on Heart Island.
Now owned by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority, and recently restored, the public can visit the castle via boat tours, water taxis or private watercraft.
Another way to get to know the region is by visiting the burgeoning collection of family-owned wineries. First launched in 2007, the Thousand Islands-Seaway Wine Trail connects wineries in Cape Vincent, Clayton, Alexandria Bay and beyond, making it easy for travelers to sample award-winning wines and get to know the region.