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River Boat Fantasy

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Boating

I love boat watching in the 1000 Islands. There is nothing better than River traffic. It is the only traffic worth watching, a picturesque parade of ships, power boats, sailboats, yachts, skiffs and classic antique wooden boats. Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind in the Willows wrote: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” 

Photo by Kim Lunman/Island Life Magazine

 Boaters’ Paradise: The 1000 Islands has some of the world’s best fresh water boating. 

Photo by Kim Lunman/Island Life Magazine

 

Highway H20:  A ship on the U.S. shipping channel on the St. Lawrence Seaway heads downriver with Dark Island’s Singer Castle in the distance near Chippewa Bay.

 

 

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 Yachts: It’s not uncommon to see mega yachts like this one named Big Eagle cruising through the 1000 Islands. This 172-foot luxury charter yacht dropped anchor near Boldt Castle’s Heart Island last summer. The yacht can be yours for $140,000 US a week.

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Antique wooden boats: A classic wooden boat off the shores of Clayton N.Y., home to the Antique Boat Museum.

 

 

 

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Sailboats: The 1000 Islands are a sailor’s delight. This sailboat moors off the southern shore of Grenadier Island near Slim and Round Islands.

 

 

Cruise Ships: The Canadian Empress cruise ship sails past Skelton Island near Brockville.This heritage style steamboat is operated by St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in Kingston and offers overnight cruises of the1000 Islands, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

St. Lawrence Skiffs: The St. Lawrence Skiff is unique to the 1000 Islands and a cherished part of our maritime history. The skiff emerged 150 years ago during the mid-1800s during the river’s development as a cottage colony. Charlie Donevan is pictured here at a celebration for the Thousand Islands Boat Museum in Gananoque.

Photo by Kim Lunman/Island Life Magazine

 

Photo by Kim Lunman/Island Life Magazine

 

Paddlers’ Paradise: The 1000 Islands is a wondrous water world to explore by kayak. I love kayaking on the St. Lawrence River whenever I get the chance. This ride through the International Rift takes you on a narrow ribbon of River dividing Canada and the U.S. Wellesley Island N.Y. is to the left; Ontario’s Hill Island is to the right. Hold up your paddle and you can be in two countries at the same time!

Parks: Boaters can enjoy the 1000 Islands at national, state and municipally-owned islands throughout the 1000 Islands including 1000 Islands National Parks such as Thwartway Island pictured here. 

Thwartway Island. Photo by Kim Lunman

Photo by Kim Lunman/Island Life Magazine

 

 

 

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