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Sunset over one of the smallest of the Thousand Islands. It supports one tree and two shrubs.
Sunset over one of the smallest of the Thousand Islands. It supports one tree and two shrubs.

The Thousand Islands is the name of a archipelago of islands that straddle the U.S.-Canada border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km) downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario. The U.S. islands are in the state of New York. The islands, which number 1,793 in all, range in size from over 40 square miles (100 km²) to smaller islands occupied by a single residence, to even smaller uninhabited outcroppings of rocks that are home to migratory waterfowl. The number of islands was determined using the criteria that any island must be above water level for 365 (366) days per year, bigger than one square foot (roughly 900 cm²), and support at least one living tree. The area is very popular among vacationers, campers, and boaters, and is often referred to as the "fresh water boating capital of the world". Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1009x1009, 316 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Thousand Islands Velvia User:Moondigger ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1009x1009, 316 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Thousand Islands Velvia User:Moondigger ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... a broat veiew of the St LAwrence River, with a Quebec City on a background The Saint Lawrence River (In French: fleuve Saint-Laurent) is a large south west-to-north east flowing river in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. ... Lake Ontario, bounded on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south by Ontarios Niagara Peninsula and by New York State, USA, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ... Murney Tower, Kingston The Fort Henry Guard performing an historical demonstration The Prince George Hotel. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... This article is about the state. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Falcated Duck at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands centre, Gloucestershire, England Wildfowl or waterfowl, also waterbirds, is the collective term for the approximately 147 species of swans, geese and ducks, classified in the order Anseriformes, family Anatidae. ...


The area is frequently traveled by large freighters traveling the St. Lawrence Seaway, but is so riddled with shoals and rocks that local navigators are hired to help the vessels travel through the hazardous waterway. Under the Canadian span, a vessel just less than 25 feet (7.6 m) offshore can find itself in over 200 feet (61 m) of water. Similarly, rocks and shoals less than two feet (61 cm) underwater can be found in the center of channels 90 feet (27 m) deep. Because of the great number of rocks and shoals just above or below the water's surface, it is unwise to travel the waters at night, unless one stays in the main channels and has charts, a chart plotter, or knows the area well. The water is so clear in some areas, that a rocky bottom can be observed in 80 feet (24 m) of water. The area features several shipwrecks and is a great place for diving. Although most of the wrecks are over 100 feet (30 m) underwater, some are a mere 15 feet below the water's surface and can be seen by looking overboard. The Saint Lawrence Seaway in its broadest sense (see Great Lakes Waterway) is the system of canals that permits ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes as far as Lake Superior. ...


Geologically, the islands are located where a branch of the Canadian Shield runs south across the river to join with the Adirondacks. This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Canadian Shield Canadian Shield Landform. ... Some factual claims in this article need to be verified. ...

Aerial view of Boldt Castle and some of the Thousand Islands.
Aerial view of Boldt Castle and some of the Thousand Islands.

Around twenty of these islands form the St. Lawrence Islands National Park, the smallest of Canada's national parks. The Thousand Islands-Frontenac Arch region was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2002. The U.S. islands include numerous New York state parks, including Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands, located on an island in the St. Lawrence. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1500x1002, 484 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Thousand Islands Boldt Castle Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1500x1002, 484 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Thousand Islands Boldt Castle Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Boldt Castle on Heart Island. ... St. ... The Canadian National Parks system encompasses over forty protected areas, including National Parks, National Park Reserves and National Marine Conservation Areas. ... The Thousand Islands - Frontenac Arch region connects the Canadian Shield with the Adirondack region. ... A biosphere reserve is an international conservation designation given by UNESCO under its Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB). ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... This is a list of state parks in the U.S. state of New York. ... Categories: Stub | New York state parks ...


In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century many distinguished visitors made the region widely known as a summer resort. Several grand hotels provided luxurious accommodations while steamboats offered extensive tours among the islands. Wealthy and middle-class summer residents built summer homes. Some masonry "castles" remain as international landmarks. The most famous extant examples are "The Towers" on Dark Island, now called Singer Castle, and the long-neglected Boldt Castle on Heart Island, which is slowly being restored. Dark Island sits at the north eastern end of the Thousand Islands region of the St. ... Singer Castle, on one of the Thousand Islands has been known historically as Dark Island Castle. ... Boldt Castle on Heart Island. ...

Canadian counties in the Province of Ontario that border the Thousand Islands.

During the half century (1874-1912) of the resort's greatest prominence, most wealthy vacationers came from New York City, joined by prominent families from Chicago, Pittsburgh and other cities of the United States and Canada. The region retains a historically important collection of vacation homes from this time. The Thousand Islands have long been a center for recreational boating. Large steam yachts, many designed by Nathanael Herreshoff required distinctive yacht houses. The region was known also for innovative power boating during this period. Three local yacht clubs hosted the Gold Cup Races of the American Power Boat Association for nine consecutive years. The Antique Boat Museum of Clayton, New York retains one of the world's major collections of recreational freshwater boats. Image File history File links Thousand_Islands. ... Image File history File links Thousand_Islands. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... Nathanael Herreshoff in 1898 New York 30 Class Design, by Nathanael Herreshoff Nathanael Greene Herreshoff (1848-1938), born in Bristol, RI, was a naval architect-engineer. ... The American Power Boat Association was started in 1903 as a racing association for powerboats. ... The term Clayton, New York could refer to either of two locations on St. ... This article is about the state. ...


The Thousand Islands Bridge connects New York State and Ontario by traversing Wellesley Island at the northernmost point of U.S. Interstate 81 in Jefferson County and meets Highway 137, which leads to Highway 401. The Thousand Islands Parkway provides a scenic view of many of the islands. Thousand Islands bridge The Thousand Islands Bridge is a bridge over the Saint Lawrence River connecting northwestern New York in the United States with southeastern Ontario in Canada. ... Cove on Wellesley Island, showing smaller island with residence Wellesley Island in Jefferson County, New York is partially in the Town of Orleans and partially in the Town of Alexandria. ... Interstate 81 (abbreviated I-81) is an interstate highway in the eastern part of the United States. ... Highway 137 is a short, unsigned highway that connects Highway 401 at Exit 661 to Interstate 81 on Wellesley Island via the Thousand Islands Bridge. ... Highway 401 redirects here. ... The Thousand Islands Parkway is a parkway in the Canadian province of Ontario, which extends easterly from an interchange with Highway 401 at Gananoque for approximately 45 kilometres to the community of Butternut Bay, in Elizabethtown-Kitley near Brockville. ...


The largest island in the group, Wolfe Island, is located entirely in Ontario. Wolfe Island is an island located at the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River in Lake Ontario near Kingston, Ontario. ...


The Thousand Islands gave their name to the popular Thousand Island Dressing around the turn of the twentieth century when Sophie LaLonde, of Clayton, New York who served the dressing at dinner for guests of her husband, a popular fishing guide, gave the recipe to Clayton hotel owner Ella Bertrand and New York City stage actress May Irwin. Irwin shared it with hotel magnate George C. Boldt. Thousand Island dressing, pink in color, is a variety of salad dressing, a variant of Russian dressing, commonly made of mayonnaise, ketchup, and a mixture of finely chopped vegetables, most often pickles, onions, bell peppers, and/or green olives; chopped hard-boiled egg is also common. ... Clayton is a town in Jefferson County, New York, USA on the St. ... May Irwin born June 27, 1862 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada – died October 22, 1938 in New York City, United States, was an actress, singer and major star of vaudeville. ... George Charles Boldt (1851-1916), a self-made millionaire, influenced development of the urban hotel as a civic social center and luxurious destination. ...


The town most associated with the Thousand Islands on the American side is Alexandria Bay, New York. Here, free dock space is available to all boaters who wish to come ashore and walk through the village, which is located right alongside the docks. Souvenir shops, clubs, restaurants, ice cream parlors, pizza shops and arcades run the length of James St., the street directly adjacent to the docks. Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States. ...


Another popular American vacation spot is the Wellesley Island State Park on Wellesley Island, which sports hundreds of camping sites, both powered and non, and several boat ramps and docking facilities for a boater-friendly park. Cove on Wellesley Island, showing smaller island with residence Wellesley Island in Jefferson County, New York is partially in the Town of Orleans and partially in the Town of Alexandria. ...

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Popular boating, fishing and vacationing locations

  • One of the only beaches in the Thousand Islands, Potter's Beach on the American Grindstone Island has a fine, shallow sandy bottom with a very gradual slope, perfect for boaters that want to stretch their legs or socialize. The number of boats in the little bay can number well over 150. The shallows harbor a few rocks, so a chart is useful.
  • A popular location for swimming or anchoring out of the wind, the Lake of the Isles is a secluded area cut off from the rest of the St. Lawrence River by Wellesley Island and neighboring Canadian Hill Island. The only way in or out is through one of two narrow passages.
  • Known for its fishing, Eel Bay is a shallow bay just southwest of Wellesley Island. From the air, the bay can resemble the Caribbean with a turquoise-tinted crystal clear water and sandy bottoms.
  • Boldt Castle, a testament of one man's love of his wife, has been under rennovation by its owner, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority since 1977, and can be visited by boat or tour cruise. This 120-room mansion and surrounding grounds are available for touring, and is also available for wedding ceremonies.
  • The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton houses exhibits antique wooden boats used or built in the region. The museum also features exhibits on the region's maritime culture and is home to the LaDuchess, George Boldt's luxury houseboat.
  • Though not as famous as George Boldt's Castle, Singer Castle on Dark Island is privately renovated and is open to tourists. Frederick Bourne had his castle constructed with secret passageways so that he could spy on his guests.

Singer Castle, on one of the Thousand Islands has been known historically as Dark Island Castle. ...

Curiosities

One of the smaller islands (the island is named "Just Room Enough", containing a single house.
One of the smaller islands (the island is named "Just Room Enough", containing a single house.
  • In the Saint Lawrence River, about two miles (3.2 km) north of Alexandria Bay, there is an island called Deer Island which is owned by the secret society of Skull and Bones.
  • There is a pair of islands near Rockport called the Zavikon Island. A popular but incorrect[1] tale among the local tourist guides is that the bigger island is in Canada, while the smaller one is in the USA, and the foot bridge between them is the shortest international bridge in the world.[2][3] The Zavikon Island is located in the Canadian territory and belongs to the Leeds and Grenville municipal unit.[4][5]
  • There is only one artificial island in the entire region, Longue Vue Island.
  • Thousand Island dressing was named for the chain of islands by the actress who popularised the dressing, May Irwin.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1496x985, 273 KB) One of the Thousand Islands, with only enough room for a single house. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1496x985, 273 KB) One of the Thousand Islands, with only enough room for a single house. ... Deer Island is one of the Thousand Islands. ... For the pirate flag, see Jolly Roger. ... Zavikon Island has the smallest international bridge in the world. ... The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville are located in Southeastern Ontario, Canada. ... Longue Vue Island is one of the many islands in the Thousand Islands area on the Saint Lawrence River. ... Thousand Island dressing, pink in color, is a variety of salad dressing, a variant of Russian dressing, commonly made of mayonnaise, ketchup, and a mixture of finely chopped vegetables, most often pickles, onions, bell peppers, and/or green olives; chopped hard-boiled egg is also common. ... May Irwin born June 27, 1862 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada – died October 22, 1938 in New York City, United States, was an actress, singer and major star of vaudeville. ...

Gallery

Several of the thousand islands viewed from New York towards Ontario Thousand Islands near Ivy Lea, Ontario
Powerhouse, Heart Island (Boldt Castle) Alster Tower, Heart Island (Boldt Castle)

Panoramic view of several of the Thousand Islands in the Saint Lawrence River, as viewed from New York towards Ontario (taken Sept. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This article is about the state. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 887 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 626 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ...

See also

Amherst Island is one of the Thousand Islands[1] in Lake Ontario near Kingston, Ontario. ... Dark Island sits at the north eastern end of the Thousand Islands region of the St. ... Deer Island is one of the Thousand Islands. ... Grindstone Island is one of the large Thousand Islands in the St. ... The Hochelaga Archipelago, also known as the Montreal Islands, is a group of 234 islands at the confluence of the St. ... Murray Isle is a smaller island in the Thousand Islands region of the St. ... [Sugar Island] (Ontario) is located in The Thousand Island Region of the St. ... Cove on Wellesley Island, showing smaller island with residence Wellesley Island in Jefferson County, New York is partially in the Town of Orleans and partially in the Town of Alexandria. ... Wolfe Island is an island located at the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River in Lake Ontario near Kingston, Ontario. ... Zavikon Island has the smallest international bridge in the world. ... This is a list of islands of Ontario. ... This is a list of islands of Ontario. ...

References

  1. ^ Clarke, Jay. "Retreat to the river on the St. Lawrence islands", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 17, 1983, p. I09. Retrieved on 2007-10-03. 
  2. ^ Chan, Elise D. (2007). Jefferson County. Arcadia Publishing, 58. ISBN 978-0738535470. 
  3. ^ The Venice of America. The Hindu Business Line (March 13, 2000). Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  4. ^ ONTERM GeoNames Index: Zachary Islands - Zigzag Island. Government of Ontario. Retrieved on 2007-10-03.
  5. ^ Geographical Name Search Service (search for Zavikon Island). Canadian Geographical Names Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved on 2007-10-03.

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The Thousand Islands are a chain of islands that straddle the U.S. Canada border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario.
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